Geek trip

Geek trip
The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Want to take a trip to Katniss Everdeen's hometown, District 12, or the arena where she and her fellow tributes faced off in The Hunger Games?

With The Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours, you can pretend to be the character played by Jennifer Lawrence - an expert archer in a dystopian world with two handsome boys competing for your affection.

My fiancée Gillian and I went on a "geek trip" to Atlanta and North Carolina in the US in July, in search of the shooting locations for the Hunger Games movies.

Our odyssey began in Atlanta, at the Goat Farm Arts Centre, where the Reaping scenes - where tributes are drawn for each district - in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire were filmed.

Since the movie had not been released at the time, we took a lot of photos in eager anticipation.

Sadly, we did not make it to the Swan House estate, where President Snow (Donald Sutherland) hosted a lavish party for Katniss and Peeta ( Josh Hutcherson).

The Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours then took us on a day trip to the main shooting locations in North Carolina for the first instalment of The Hunger Games movies.

The duo behind The Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours are Tammy Hopkins and Leigh Trapp, who began the tours last year. They gained instant popularity, drawing fans from Canada, Germany and Belgium.

Day tours start at US$50 (S$63), while adventure weekends cost up to US$599.

Hopkins and Trapp have partnered with fan tour group Atlanta Movie Tours to conduct tours of the shooting locations for the second instalment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was largely filmed in Atlanta.

Our first stop was the Henry River Mill Village in Bourke County.

Once a textile village in the early 19th century, Trapp told me that director Gary Ross picked it to stand in for District 12 because of its Depressionera feel.

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