Vehicle Concepts in the Hunger Games: The Hovercraft

When it comes to concept vehicles, one thing that comes to your mind is flying vehicles which seem to glide in the air seamlessly. The book and movie franchise Hunger Games does not disappoint. Following the hit young adult fiction the Hunger Games (also released as the hunger games audio book) – the movie brings to life many of the futuristic concepts. This includes the main forms of transport in the series: The train and the hovercraft.

The Hovercraft is is a kind of air transport used mainly in the Capitol. It is found in Panem. Hover crafts are used to support the hunger games, transportation, and combat, and is manufactured in District 9.

The Hovercraft

In some cases, it is retrofitted with a huge claw which is employed for grabbing or lifting. They also come with nets, and harpoons fitted to cables. If you have seen the movie, you will notice the aircraft catching people by sucking them up using a type of force field. The same force field holds a person whenever they are about to board the air vehicle. They then use the ladder that retracts itself. The force field also immobilizes the tributes when trackers are injected into their arms. At least in the book, but in the movie itself, the trackers are injected into the tributes when they are strapped in the cargo bay.

The hover crafts are fitted with alien technology, at least for us. They are cloaked or invisible. It is said they materialize to different places. After the bombing in District 12, Katniss Aberdeen says she is being protected by an invisible group of 12 hovercraft. I the book, these futuristic machines are as silent as they come but in the movie they tend to create a lot of noise, and thus are sighted from far off.

Different Makes

Designs vary from movie to movie. The more recent the movies, the more advanced and better design. In comparison, the one used in Catching Fire looks glossier than the one used in the original Hunger Games.

In the initial stages, the hovercraft transports the each tribute with their stylist to their launch rooms. The tributes cannot see the view of the arena as the hover crafts windows are closed. When the games start, a hovercraft carries around a large screen which shows the previous night’s deaths. O n confirmation of the death of a recruit, their body is recovered together with any weapon stuck in them.


They bring gifts for the tributes and drop them off by parachute. One thing you must notice is that the gifts appear almost instantly implying that the craft shadows the tributes at every turn during the games. The hovercraft picks up a victor immediately they are declared winners and talks them back to the training center. The craft comes with a mini hospital, an operating room plus a medical team who provide medical attentions by treating any threatening injuries victors may suffer. In Hunger Games, you may not see that. It transports all tributes at once; they do not remove bodies from the arena. But you can see that in Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The hover craft also performs rescue missions. When the force field in the arena was destroyed during the 75th hunger games, Finnick Oddor, Katniss and Betee are rescued by the hovercraft and lifts off to the safety of District 13.

Combat Missions

Hovercrafts are also combat capable. They are piloted by the military and the peace keepers to keep the citizenry in check, catch runaways, and enemies of the Capital. They are also used as bombers and transports. In one scene, Lavinia was captured, but her companion did not fare well. He was killed. Just a fun fact, 75 years before the series begins, rebels captured some hover crafts and constructed other ones on these models and upgraded the much older fleet. And during the rebellion in District 8, hovercraft suppressed it by bombing the rebellious stronghold.

Other than the hovercraft, trains are also used as a main form of transport from district to district. Hovercraft is mostly used for long distant travel. They are also in use when transporting heavy cargo. Later on, the rebels began using the hovercraft for long distance travel.…

Futuristic Design for the Sci-Fi Hit Movie Divergent

As UFO fanatics, we are also fans of great science fiction. We recently saw the Divergent movie and did some further research on the movie production and concept art style. Enjoy!

Filming of the Divergent commenced on April 16, 2013, and a great portion of the science fiction action movie was shot in the city of Chicago. Most of the interior location shots were taken at the Cinespace Chicago Film Studios. At the 17th Church of Christ, Scientist on East Wacker, downtown Chicago, the movies’ “choosing ceremony” was filmed.

The entire area of the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in Chicago was treated with rust and dirt to achieve the dystopian look that is prevalent in the movie. Filming came to a close on July 16, 2013.

The Divergent movie was directed by Neil Burger. It was produced by Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick, and Pouya Shabazian. The production companies involved in the Divergent were Red Wagon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment.

The Divergent premiered in Los Angeles on March 18, 2014, and was showcased to a global audience on the 21st of the same month. It was distributed by Lionsgate. The source material for the movies was the popular young adult book series by Veronica Roth. The Divergent series, and subsequent digital adaptions such at the divergent audiobook version enjoyed significant success and were the driving factor behind getting the movie to the big screen.

Concept Art on The Divergent Movie

City view

The dominating theme and concept art that prevails in the movie is one of a futuristic and dystopian metropolis. The movie is based on Veronica Roth’s series of novels sharing a similar name. The setting of the movie and the basis of the concept art is a futuristic Chicago with divisive community factions, disconnected from the rest of the world. Andy Nicholson, the Divergent production designer, settled on using the abandoned industrial spaces of Chicago for filming the Divergent movie.

Divergent Movie Design And Movie Set

Nicholson, an Oscar nominee, and the Divergent production designer found the photo location challenging at first. He said it was like trying to work through a Chicago that had been isolated from the rest of the world for a century. The Divergent is set 150 years into the future, and the implication is everything has been stagnant for 100 years. This means that the society depicted in the Divergent has to be living in an insular, entirely sufficient way. The main question that plagued his mind was how it would all fall into place.

To demonstrate to the Divergent movie audience how the dystopian and futuristic city was powered, Neil Burger, the movies director settled on the use of wind turbines set on some building tops.

The Divergent movie team decided from the onset that Chicago would not be depicted as a decrepit city in ruins and shambles. The first installment in Roth’s novel series did not give readers any insight into the events preceding the city’s isolation.

The Divergent movie team decided that there would not be a lot of destruction depicted in the movie. This can be seen in the pathetic buildings in the Divergent movie that are still standing.

Nicholson also identified well maintained industrial spaces in North America for shooting the Divergent. He settled on Pershing Road primarily because of the 1920s and 30s architecture, synonymous with the movies’ theme. Incidentally, one of the most important scenes where the Dauntless jump from a moving train onto a rooftop was shot here.

There was also an empty steel mill that has just been stripped where Dauntless fighting sequences were shot.

No Cars or Vehicles?

Well, not really. There are a few solar powered cars, the most distinct belonging to Jeanine Mathews, the Erudite antagonist played by Kate Winslet. The main reason there are a few cars is that of Chicago’s harsh winters. The wintry conditions in the Divergent have broken up the road infrastructure rendering them impassable.

An Imposing Barrier

Nicholson wanted to use the fence depicted in Roth’s novel in a metaphorical sense. He wanted its magnitude to give audiences the impression that it was not built just to keep dark forces out, it could jam radio signals. Consequently, a wall with a height of between 300-500 feet can be seen in the background of the Divergent.…

UFO Fighter Jets vs UFO

Check out this great footage of USAF Fighter jets vs a UFO from this year in Spain.

UFO Appears Near the Sun

An unidentified object resembling 3 rings linked together has been reported by a UFO magazine. They have provided still images and a video of when it was captured on camera in which the speed of the video has to be slowed down to capture the rings.

The ancient Pagan Gnostics have warned that the 3 rings are artificial life forms and that they tend to appear in three’s and that they are apart of an alien agenda from 2012.

The three rings will be further investigated as this is the only way to find out the true identity of the rings but the founders have said they do not have the required funds of $5,000 to investigate further and until they do they can go no further.…

UFO Activity in South Africa

Gert Jordaan, founder of UFO Research of SA said that between the 21st of February and the 27th that orange lights and flames had been spotted in the sky by a number of people.

He explained that some of the sightings could have been mistaken for meteor showers but it cannot be certain so the sighting could be something else.

“Though meteors do glow orange, some of the sightings reported radical change in direction and speed. Some objects even remained stationary for five minutes or so. There might be some UFO phenomena occurring in areas around Cape Town,”

He also went on to say : ”The second possibility is that life from another planet is surveying ours for making contact and offering knowledge.”

Nicola Loaring, outreach astronomer for the South African Astronomical Observatory, Told that the most likely reasoning for these sightings was meteor showers.

She said : ”They are very common. They glow orange, sometimes green, can change colour, and usually end up white,”

She also suggested that people should be made more aware of these things saying ”When they see a light they think the end of the world is coming,”…

Russell Crowe Captures UFO on Camera

Russell Crowe has uploaded images onto YouTube of an unidentified abject when he and a friend was taking pictures of some fruit bats outside his offices in Australia but when he looked at one of the images he captured it appears that there is an alien space craft floating in the sky.

The actor then tweeted “UFO? Time Lapse Photos Outside RC’s Woolloomooloo Office (THESE ARE REAL!) ”

A friend and I set camera to capture fruit bats rising from Botanic Gardens, this was a big surprise.”

When fans began to come up with excuses such as the flash of the camera he replied: “Canon 5D, No Flash, can’t be a lense flare because it moves, camera is fixed”

He then continued to deny that there was no trick of the camera saying: “It’s not a video it is 3 time lapse photo’s taken in 4.5 seconds. I will grant you at the time the music wasn’t playing, also, yes, we have pushed in on the frame … this is 3 photo’s in order, nothing added.”…

UFO Lands in Buckhurst Hill Primary School

Pupils arrived to school shocked and surprised when an unidentified object landed in their school playground. The kids were greeted with a flying saucer with spots of green slime.

Eyewitness Beatrice Straker told them: “It came across the roofs and went quite low, but it was difficult to tell how low.

“First of all, I saw a flash above my head, so I looked up and it came across.

“Suddenly, I lost sight of it and then I saw it and it seemed to dive down.”

Sadly it has been confirmed that the alien like object was infact a sun umbrella that was prepared for a school play performance.…

UFO Sighting in Mexico Seems Legit

Last week Nasa had told that cameras had spotted unidentified objects flying across the planets surface and these sightings were aid with more spotting’s of UFO’s in the foggy Mexico skies in which a person had captured what seemed to be a cigar looking shape moving in the sky.

Scott Waring who edits UFO sightings on a daily basis has said this: ”The eyewitness says that he was too far from the object to make out a definite shape but from most of the video it looks like a flat square shape but with the mist or fog its really hard to make out its exact shape. I altered one still of it, (upper left corner) so it can be seen more easily,”…

UFO Sighting in Birmingham

A police officer claimed that he had seen a UFO moving at super sonic speeds when he was off duty driving near the Birmingham airport.

The officer reported that he had seen a ‘light with a bluish tinge’ that ‘pulsed rhythmically’ and zoomed off.

A colleague then called the air traffic control and they said that nothing had been seen on their systems.

The unnamed officer had this to say: ‘I noticed a light in the sky which was pulsing rhythmically. It was very bright and had a bluish tinge to it,’ the website reported the officer as saying.

‘I thought at first that it was a plane. Then I realised, as it was only a single light, this was not likely to be the case.

‘Besides, I had never seen an aircraft in that part of the sky.’

UFO expert Nick Pope, said: ‘This could be the real thing – a UFO in our airspace and military aircraft scrambled to intercept.’…