‘The Hunger Games’ Features Work of UNA Alumni, Student

Apr. 2, 2012


FLORENCE, Ala. – “The Hunger Games,” being releasesd in theaters and IMAX tonight, bears the fingerprints of two alumni and a current student of UNA. The movie soundtrack’s lead single, Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound,” features The Civil Wars, the popular Grammy-winning music duo with 2001 UNA alumnus John Paul White. The Civil Wars’ single “Kingdom Come” is also featured in the film.

Food stylist and 1978 UNA alumnus Jack White and his assistant, James Perini, a UNA senior, were behind the on-screen food, which plays a pivotal role in the film. White and Perini will discuss their work on “The Hunger Games” at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library March 29 at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are required, but seating will be limited.

White, a native of Pulaski, Tenn., has created on-camera food for more than 75 major motion pictures and television shows since 1992.

Perini called the food styling for the film a group effort, referring to his and White’s collaboration with the set designer, prop master and others to “make it all come together. It’s a giant group effort, and everybody is trying to make this one scene look how it needs to look and how the director wants it to look.”

Perini, of Sylacauga, is majoring in human environmental sciences with a concentration in culinary arts.

“When I go see the movie,” he said, “seeing all that stuff we did blown up and on the big screen, it’s going to be really cool. I’m really looking forward to it.”