The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 5 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

1. Effie Trinket

In the books, the last time we see Effie Trinket is before Katniss goes into the arena in the middle of Catching Fire. It is unknown of her whereabouts, that is, until her reappearance at the end of Mockingjay. From the promotional posters released showcasing the citizens of District 13, it was clear that Effie would have a more dominant role in the film. Besides being a character beloved by fans, Elizabeth Banks manages to bring light to the darkness of thirteen. Although she turned in the coloured wigs Effie was allowed to hold onto some stylish accessories.

We first see Effie when she gets a visit from Plutarch in her bunker; which she considers to be a prison. She also is not fond of the grey jumpers they’re all forced to wear. But there is a reason for her appearance, other then seeing how someone from the Capitol would adapt to this new way of living. Effie’s role is to continue being Katniss’ escort as she has an understanding of how the Mockingjay operates (taking over the role of Fulvia). She does it for personal reasons, not because she agrees with the politics or the cause.

Let’s look at the moment where Haymitch asks to hear one moment where Katniss made you feel something real. In the book, Leevy speaks up and mentions Katniss volunteering for Prim at the reaping. In the film, Leevy is replaced by Effie. The same happened with Boggs’ comment on her singing to Rue, it too is said by Effie instead.

2. The Rescue

Gale is the first person to volunteer himself to go on the mission to rescue Peeta, Johanna and Annie from The Capitol. Since the book only looks at Katniss’ perspective we don’t actually get to see the rebels in action. Besides being able to see the mission in the film, we learn that President Snow knows of the entire plan and doesn’t stop them. This is revealed in a conversation between Snow and Katniss as she tries to keep him distracted in an attempt to help the rescue succeed. Snow ends the conversation by taunting Katniss, ‘It’s the ones we love that cause the most pain.’ Foreshadowing.

3. The Mockingjay’s Conditions

             “Is there anything left on your list, Katniss?”
My paper’s crumpled into a ball in my right fist. I flatten the sheet against the table and read the rickety letters. “Just one more thing. I kill Snow.”

            For the first time ever, I see the hint of a smile on the president’s lips. “When the time comes, I’ll flip you for it.”

To me, this was an important moment but when Katniss lists her conditions for becoming the Mockingjay in the film, she only says that the other victors must be granted immunity and asks that her sister can keep their cat. She doesn’t ask for permission to hunt above ground with Gale (which happens anyway) or to be the one to kill President Snow when the time comes.

4. Tying Knots

            “The more you can distract yourself, the better,” he says. “First thing tomorrow, we’ll get you your own rope. Until then, take mine.”

Although this is minor, the film shows Finnick tying knots but he never gives and/or teaches Katniss how to as a distraction for herself.

5. Katniss’ Prep Team

            That’s my chance. I dart around the distracted guard, push open the door marked 3908, and find them. Half-naked, brusied, and shackled to the wall.
My prep team.

Unlike the book, Katniss’ prep team was not found in District 13.

“If I Stay” Book Signing with Jamie Blackley and Gayle Forman at Indigo


Unlike most, I spent my Friday night in an Indigo rather than at a downtown club. Gayle Forman was in town signing copies of her book, If I Stay. Alongside was the man who stars as Adam in the film-adaptation, Jamie Blackley. I however, have never read the book but I was one of the fortunate people who had the chance to see the movie the night before. I also had the opportunity to get my photograph with both Jamie and Gayle. I would like to thank Indigo Teen and Indigo Green Room for putting on such an amazing event.

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”  – Gale Forman, If Stay (and Jamie Blackley’s favourite quote from the film)

Photographs can be seen on my official website in the “Celebrity” section under 2014.

Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour ft. Fifth Harmony & Cher Lloyd

I apologize for the delay. This has been sitting in my drafts for a while…

On March 26, 2014 I had the opportunity to be a photographer at Demi Lovato’s concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Besides being an artist whose music I love, this was an incredible experience for me as a photographer. I’ve taken a cheap point-and-shoot camera to shows before where afterwards the low quality of the photos brings me to tears. The week earlier when I was in Columbus, Ohio for the same show I snuck in my Canon EOS 60D but was terrified of getting caught. For the first time I didn’t need to sneak in a camera and I left with beautiful pictures that I can be proud of. For the two openers, Fifth Harmony and Cher Lloyd I was able to shoot in the pit where the lighting is beyond gorgeous. When it came to Demi Lovato we were only allowed to shoot from the sound stage which was a little disappointing but thanks to the 80-400mm lens I had on me I really have no complaints. I am so thankful to Demi’s management for making this possible.

Photographs can be seen on in the “Celebrity” section under 2014.


Psychological PortraitClaustrophobia is the fear of having no escape of being closed in a small space such elevators, rooms without windows and crowded places. It is classified as a type of anxiety disorder that usually results in a panic attack. It’s usually triggered by a trauma at a young age such as being separated from your parents in a crowd of falling into a pool when you can’t swim. I decided to do a photograph based on claustrophobia and suffocation as the two tend to be interlinked. This psychological portrait focuses on the unconscious mind, an inner feeling of fear that personally affects whoever it’s happening. I, myself, do suffer from this fear and I wanted to capture how I feel in that moment, but in an attractive way. Being in a small room at full capacity is the equivalent of being stuck in a small bag that you can’t seem to get out of. I decided to have the photograph tight to the subject as it gives off the feeling of no escape and lack of air. It makes the viewer feel almost claustrophobic themselves when looking at it. The intention of this piece was to bring awareness to a disorder that not everyone suffers from but is very real and traumatizing for those that do.

Moving On

Metrolinx Invitation

I’m excited to announce that I have three photographs in Moving On, an exhibition currently open at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada along with other students from my class/year. If you have a chance to stop by the show before April 3rd I strongly advise that you do so.

My Photographs from this series, titled Waiting, observing one single stranger at a bus shelter, can be viewed online here.

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I am excited to announce the opening of my official website It’s a portfolio style site that allows my photography to be viewed in an easy, organized, professional matter. This wordpress blog will remain open as it’s still where I’ll be posting my posts of mass photographs from events, premieres and red carpet events. It will also remain a source for movie reviews and much more as this site has helped me get where I am now, and gain the following I have. Thank you all for your support and I hope you enjoy my new platform.

Grey’s Anatomy 10×11 “Man on the Moon” Rant

I don’t know if it’s because Sandra Oh is leaving after the end of this tenth season but it feels as though they have erased all of Cristina Yang’s past character development. She’s flat out boring. I rather watch paint dry on a wall then watch her in another scene. Cristina’s bitchiness which previously was used in comedic ways have become unfunny and annoying. It also appears that Meredith Grey is only there to fight with Yang. I’m sorry but I thought the show was called Grey’s Anatomy. I want to see Meredith. Y’know? The person who the show is literally about. The reason why I started watching this show and why I fell in love with it. Back in the beginning almost every scene had her in it and now we’re lucky if we get one. 

 I’m tired of scenes being wasted on the stupid interns I could care less about. I’m not even getting to Shane Ross and how unbelievable annoying and disrespectful he is. In the last couple episodes his attitude towards Meredith has been completely unacceptable. If he acted the way he did in a real workplace setting he’d be fired in a second. The fact that Cristina is now sleeping with him doesn’t help. He’s become overly cocky since he yelled at Meredith about the 3D printer. By Cristina having sex with Ross after this stunt he pulled it’s telling him that his actions were acceptable when they’re not. I wish Meredith would grow some balls and get him fired. I’m sure Derek would back her up as Shane raised his voice and got angry with him a couple episodes back.

And where is my slutty ex-mistress and all of her sexy scenes with McDreamy? There is nothing better then some good MerDer loving and we’ve been left with nothing. Notta. Zero.

The show is seriously lacking. Honestly, at this point it’d be nice to see Cristina die from a heart attack. Cause she’s cardiothoracic surgeon. Get it? She’s leaving and they already completely destroyed Meredith and Cristina’s friendship, one of the last good aspects about the show.  Shonda Rhimes either needs to spend a little more time on Grey’s Anatomy or she needs to end it right now. It’s clear most of her time is being dedicated to her new show Scandal that airs right after Grey’s on ABC.

At least Calzona’s back on track that’s the only good thing that happened in tonights episode.