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

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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.

A Cinderella Story

Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Cinderella. In the classic version the title character, after losing her father becomes a servant for both her stepmother and stepsisters. When the King invites all eligible maidens to go to the ball where his son will pick a bride Cinderella is forbidden to go. With the help from an unexpected fairy godmother nothing is impossible. Growing up I saw many different versions of this fairytale come to life and it’s a story I’ve come to love. I decided to create a modern version of what I think Cinderella would look like in this day and age while keeping elements from the original Disney version. This includes the blue dress she wore and black chocker around her neck. Pumpkins surround Cinderella because in the story her fairy godmother turns them into the chariot that takes her to and from the Prince’s ball. This photograph is meant to show the moment where she’s beginning to transform into a princess for the night. It’s the part of the story that teaches you to believe and it is important to remember that sometimes the good things come suddenly without warning.

Disney’s “Frozen”: Movie Review

Disney’s “Frozen” follows the story of not one but two princesses. Elsa (Idina Menzel) is born with the power to create both ice and snow. A beautiful but dangerous gift that she fights to keep hidden from the rest of the world. After nearly killing her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa isolates herself, spending all of her time trying to find a way to suppress her growing abilities. Her emotions however, find a way to get the best of her triggering the magic that accidentally sets off the Kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter. She flees the land in fear of becoming a monster and causing harm to everyone around her. Anna then sets off on a journey to bring her sister back and save the kingdom while teaming up with those she meets on the way –  Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), a rugged man who sells ice for a living (and is not currently working in the best market) alongside Sven his trusty Reindeer and a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Together they battle the elements of the cold in an attempt to bring Arendelle back to it’s warm, summery demeanour.

Some songs on the soundtrack are definitely better than others. Partially because of the second-hand embarrassment, cheesy lines that are thrown in. But hey, it’s a Disney movie. What did you expect? My favourite song from the film is actually played in the credits. It’s Demi Lovato’s version of Let It Go however, you can hear Idina Menzel’s version in the actual movie.

I might be biased as someone who loves almost everything Disney related but I absolutely adored this movie. It’s a great family movie that the kids will enjoy (at any age cause here I am at 19). And go into it with that mindset, that it’s a movie for families and kids and I can guarantee that you’ll love it just as much as I did.

If you would like to know any spoilers from the film please feel free to contact me.

Frozen hits theatres American Thanksgiving Weekend on November 27th 2013.
The soundtrack is already available for pre-order on iTunes here and by purchasing it you can get Demi Lovato’s Let It Go right away.

You can watch the trailer here:

Project Roundup

The last couple of month have been crazy school wise. I’ve had the opportunity to learn several historical photography processes such as cyanotypes, silver gelatin, lift and transferring polaroids etc. On top of that I had assignments due for my Photography Production class. Here’s a little bit of everything:

Mothers And Daughters: A Series

“I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her.”
– Rory Gilmore

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I grew up watching Gilmore Girls on the WB, a television show about two young women who are friends first and mother and daughter second. I’d like to believe that that show is the reason why my mom and I are so close. Every week when a new episode aired we’d sit on the couch together and watch it. I remember when the show ended in 2008 and I was completely crushed because my entire relationship with my mother was built around the close relationship of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. We’re the same person; I’ve become my mother in the best way possible.

Some people think being their mother’s daughter is the worst compliment they could receive and I would have to disagree politely. I love hearing that I look like my mom because she’s beautiful and I love hearing that we act the same because I love her personality. There is something so special about this bond that we share with each other and I feel sad for those who despise the very person I love the most. The very person I look up more then anyone else in the world.

 I decided for my project that I wanted to photograph other mothers and daughters with strong tight-knit relationships. The idea is to showcase their similarities and differences while having them in the same location, the same outfit and the same pose. This series was shot in colour to emphasis the subjects. Although the surroundings are the same in each set the people who were photographed are of importance and I feel that it wouldn’t be conveyed the same way through black and white. This allows everyone else to see what I see exactly how I see it.

I was inspired by graphic-designer Carra Skyes, who did something similar with digital photography.  Her uncle used to tease her mother asking if she was wearing her clothing. Their quirky photographs are something that reminded me of the Gilmore Girls and I realized that I wanted to capture different mothers and daughters in a similar element. This would be completed using a 4×5 large format camera.

These portraits can speak more then words and show a lifelong bond between mothers and daughters. Although there’s an age difference between the generations, similarities can always be found and I chose to focus on that.

4×5 Film Photography

It’s been more then a week since i’ve posted which is quite shocking since lately it seemed as thought I was posting almost every other day. I apologize sincerely! Recently i’ve been playing around with 4×5 Large Format film photography in school, both colour and black and white. Although frustrating to drag the equipment anywhere besides the studio the results are more then worth it.

Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake if you haven’t heard of it, is the newest craze and internet sensation. Thousands of videos have been uploaded online (mostly from universities and colleges) in the past week! I guess you could call it the next Gangnam Style if you’d like but i’d prefer it if you didn’t. This doesn’t actually make you want to rip off your ears every time the song comes on. The general idea is that one person dances for about 15 seconds while everyone around them is clueless to what’s going on and then in the last 15 seconds everyone goes CRAZY! Literally! I attend Ryerson University and yesterday in my Art History class all of the Image Arts Students decided we would do one just for fun. Our prof Iain was such a good sport and we love him a hundred times more for being a part of it!!

The video is currently at 7,000 views and was shown on Breakfast Television this morning!

Still Life Photographs

I’ve had a lot of school projects lately so i’ve been working in the studio a fair amount. I’ll be posting all my 4×5 photographs sometime at the end of this month or early March. However, these are from two different still life assignments. The first had to have either a flower or fruits and vegetables. The second could be anything. Oh, and i’ve recently joined 500px so you can follow me there by clicking here.

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