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"The Hunger Games" movie opens on March 23 and Brevard is getting excited! A lot of the scenes in the “games” were shot here in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Tammy Hopkins, Film Liaison and TCArts Council Director for Brevard and Transylvania County said, “My phone has been ringing off the hook with folks wanting to go see the film locations. So Leigh Trapp with the marketing trapp and myself have put together Hunger Games Fan Tours which will feature the filming locations used by 'The Hunger Games' movie in DuPont State Recreational Forest.”
Leigh Trapp, who has produced and guided a variety of fan-based experiences based on franchises such as "Harry Potter" and the "Twilight" series says, “Fan tours for movies and books have become increasingly popular — as readers and viewers alike want the opportunity to experience the world their characters live in first hand — and share in their adventures. These tours give them a great way to see some of the movie locations — and share in the experience of participating in "Hunger Games"-themed adventures with other like-minded fans.”
“We just launched our website www.hungergamesfantours.com,” said Hopkins. “On the website you will see that we will offer day trips as well as weekend adventure trips. On the weekend trips we will be teaming with Earthshine Mountain Lodge to offer an immersive, hands on experience with survival skills classes after the participants have been out to see the film locations. Leigh and I have worked closely with David Brown and Bruce MacDonald at Dupont to study the locations and design a guided tour that will be fun and safe around waterfalls.”
"Hunger Games" Day Trips: Explore DuPont State Recreational Forest with your sponsor to discover the locations used in the movie. Master fundamental survival skills like orienteering, camo-face painting, and shelter building needed to excel in the Hunger Games. Lunch will be provided in Hunger Games style. Shuttle service, DuPont State Recreational Forest permit and guides provided. Pre-registration required. Cost is $79 per person. Hunger Games Day Trips will be offered on the following dates: May 26 & 27, July 14 & 15, and August 11 & 12.
"Hunger Games" Fan Tours Adventure Weekend: Start your "Hunger Games" Fan Tours’ Adventure Weekend on Friday by gathering at Earthshine Mountain Lodge (http://www.earthshinelodge.com/) for an incredible evening. You’ll be part of the lottery and get separated into your own district. You’ll then join other Tributes for a welcoming banquet — "Hunger Games" style.
Saturday you’ll tour film locations in DuPont State Recreational Forest that were used in the movie. You’ll then reconvene at Earthshine Mountain Lodge for lunch. The afternoon will be filled with survival classes that you’ll need to participate in the "Hunger Games" Simulation: archery, sling shot training, fire building, orienteering, shelter building, and camo-face painting. In the evening you’ll have another "Hunger Games" dinner sponsored by the Capital, and you’ll night zip-line and see what it’s like to be in the treetops at night like Katniss and Rue. On Sunday, you’ll convene for your "Hunger Games" Simulation. See if you and your district have what it takes to win the "Hunger Games." Our "Hunger Games" Simulation will be timed trials of the skills you’ve learned over the weekend.
Your "Hunger Games" Weekend includes: three days and two nights stay at Earthshine Mountain Lodge, six "Hunger Games" meals, "Hunger Games" snacks, guides, all "Hunger Games" skill training, Night Zip Lining and your "Hunger Games" Simulation. Shuttle service to and from the Asheville Regional Airport is included. Cost: $389 per person. Note: There is a $2 ticketing process fee from Ticketleap, our ticket service. "Hunger Games" Fan Tours Adventure Weekend trips will be offered on April 27-29; June 8-10; June 22-24; July 27-29; August 24-26; and Sept. 21-23.
About the creators of Hunger Games Fan Tours:
Leigh Trapp has worked and contributed to a variety of fan-based experiences over the past several years. She is also an award winning festival and event producer in the US. Her fan tour work includes work on Harry Potter Adventures in the United Kingdom and in the US, Twilight fan experiences in the US, and a variety of other experiential events. She consults for a variety of US festivals and events across the US and runs a marketing company that focuses on tourism and tourism related events. She has served as an advocate and marketer for Transylvania County tourism for over a decade.
Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council, serves as film liaison for Brevard NC and Transylvania County. She’s an actor, producer, and casting agent who also specializes in securing film locations and permits for the area. She served as a ranger at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site for a number of years and led guided walks and survival study programs for the Orange County Outdoor Science School in the San Bernardino Mountains in CA. Tammy has also served as an advocate, publicist and marketer of the arts and outdoor recreation for over a decade in Transylvania County.
More about Earthshine Mountain Lodge: Earthshine Mountain Lodge has been a premier destination for 21 years. Situated on 82 acres bordering Pisgah National Forest with about a third of that as open pasture and the rest is deciduous forest. Earthshine is home to the First Zip Line Canopy Tour of any kind built in the US. www.EarthshineLodge.com
To learn more and to register for tours go to www.hungergamesfantours.com. To learn more about filming in the Brevard, NC area go to www.FilmBrevardNC.com.
Note: The characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of the Lionsgate Entertainment; Susan Collins; and her publisher, Scholastic, owning those rights. Hunger Game Tours are not official tours and are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported by the studios, the authors, their publishers, or any of their representatives. All Rights Reserved
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