'Hunger Games': On the set
SHELBY, N.C. (NBC) -- For the darkly futuristic look of "The Hunger Games" producers used remnants of a small town's past.
Parts of Shelby, North Carolina were transformed last spring and summer into "District 12",
the hometown for several of the film's major characters.
"It was a mill town with company houses and all that that we were able to shoot in. That was quite a lucky find," says director Gary Ross.
Other areas in and around Charlotte, including an abandoned cigarette factory, provided "Hunger Games" locales.
The production spent about $60 million in the area.
"This is the largest feature film we've ever had in the Carolinas, so we are thrilled," says Beth Petty of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission.
Filmmakers also approached a metal shop best known for making NASCAR seats to build some chairs with a bare bones, post- apocalyptic look.
"It's pretty cool to be in a movie like that, I can't wait to see the movie," says Gary Adams of ButlerBuilt seats.
Neither can a trio of Charlotte sisters that were among hundreds who served as extras on the
"We think we're going to get dressed up. We think we're going to wear shirts that say 'I was in the Hunger Games," says Billy Murch Elliott.
With sequels almost assured, North Carolina officials are hoping the "Hunger Games" filmmakers come back for more.
Some remote areas of North Carolina's mountains were also used in the film as the backdrop for many of the action scenes.
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