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The upcoming prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes was well underway on Sunday when scenes for the film were shot in Berlin.

The film, which stars West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth, has currently turned the German metropolis into a body-strewn battleground.

During Sunday’s shoot, a pair of child actors were seen running down the snowy street of the iconic Karl-Marx-Allee as they passed a fake frozen corpse.

First look: Two child actors were spotted filming scenes for the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes in Berlin on Sunday

First look: Two child actors were spotted filming scenes for the Hunger Games prequel The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes in Berlin on Sunday

It appeared to be a young girl and boy, with the actress wearing a pink outfit with a long pale pink coat and white boots.

The boy’s costume included a regal purple outfit with a gray coat and black boots.

The actors were filmed from several different angles, with the camera operator being pulled on a wheeled seat for one take, while he held the camera with a Steadicam-like stabilizer device to keep the film smooth even as he ran on the rough surface.

The crew members were all dressed casually in hoodies and long-sleeve shirts to stay warm on the chilly day, though the snow appeared to have been shipped in as temperatures were well above freezing. 

Disturbing: During Sunday's shoot, a pair of child actors were seen running down the snowy street of the iconic Karl-Marx-Allee as they passed a fake frozen corpse

Disturbing: During Sunday’s shoot, a pair of child actors were seen running down the snowy street of the iconic Karl-Marx-Allee as they passed a fake frozen corpse

Multiple takes: The actors were filmed from several different angles, with the camera operator being pulled on a wheeled seat for one take, while he held the camera with a Steadicam-like stabilizer

Multiple takes: The actors were filmed from several different angles, with the camera operator being pulled on a wheeled seat for one take, while he held the camera with a Steadicam-like stabilizer

The film’s director, Francis Lawrence, was spotted on set as he coached the young actors and walked them through the scene.

They appeared to be smiling as they stood next to the fake snow-covered dead body to get used to the disturbing sight.

Lawrence was seen nearby as he talked an adult actor through another scene filmed on the steps of a Stalinist-era building with large stone columns dotting the steps leading up to it.

The actor sported a shaggy beard with a pinstriped vest and trousers.

The production appeared to be shooting away from the building, as it still had the light-up signs of contemporary business decorating its exterior. 

The boss: The film's director, Francis Lawrence, was spotted on set as he coached the young actors and walked them through the scene

The boss: The film’s director, Francis Lawrence, was spotted on set as he coached the young actors and walked them through the scene

Taking charge: Lawrence was seen nearby as he talked an adult actor through another scene filmed on the steps of a Stalinist-era building with large stone columns dotting the steps leading up to it

Taking charge: Lawrence was seen nearby as he talked an adult actor through another scene filmed on the steps of a Stalinist-era building with large stone columns dotting the steps leading up to it

On screen: The actor sported a shaggy beard with a pinstriped vest and trousers

On screen: The actor sported a shaggy beard with a pinstriped vest and trousers

Veteran: Lawrence cut his teeth by directing a string of classic music videos, before graduating to feature films like Constantine, I Am Legend and all but the first Hunger Games film

Veteran: Lawrence cut his teeth by directing a string of classic music videos, before graduating to feature films like Constantine, I Am Legend and all but the first Hunger Games film

Lawrence cut his teeth by directing a string of classic music videos, before graduating to feature films. 

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He helmed the horror thrillers Constantine (2005) and I Am Legend (2007), before graduating to direct all but the first Hunger Games film.

Lawrence already has the upcoming Jason Momoa film Slumberland in the can, and he was recently announced to direct a sequel to Constantine featuring the return of Keanu Reeves in the title role.

His return to the Hunger Games series takes places 64 years prior to the events of the first film. Tom Blyth stars as Coriolanus Snow (later to be played by Donald Sutherland), who serves as a mentor to the 10th Hunger Games, before later becoming the president of Panem.

Rachel Zegler costars as Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute who joins forces with Coriolanus after he is assigned to mentor her. When she draws attention to herself by singing during the reaping ceremony, Coriolanus concludes that she might be his best hope of advancing.

Gives it away: The production appeared to be shooting away from a Stalinist-era building, as it still had the light-up signs of contemporary business decorating its exterior

Gives it away: The production appeared to be shooting away from a Stalinist-era building, as it still had the light-up signs of contemporary business decorating its exterior

Living on the edge: A fire and demolished buildings were created to give the air of a destroyed city

Living on the edge: A fire and demolished buildings were created to give the air of a destroyed city

Stars: Tom Blyth stars as Coriolanus Snow, who serves as a mentor to the 10th Hunger Games, before later becoming the president of Panem; seen in April

Leading lady: Rachel Zegler costars as Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute who joins forces with Coriolanus after he is assigned to mentor her; seen in September

Stars: Tom Blyth stars as Coriolanus Snow, who serves as a mentor to the 10th Hunger Games, before later becoming the president of Panem. Rachel Zegler costars as Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute who joins forces with Coriolanus after he is assigned to mentor her

Jennifer Lawrence starred in the original Hunger Games series as Katniss Everdeen, who is selected to compete in the title competition.

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One boy and one girl from various districts are chosen to compete as punishment for a failed revolt years earlier, with the selected competitors battling it out to the death until only one winner is left.

The films were massive successes, which each grossing several hundred million dollars, and all received fairly positive reviews from critics.

The latest prequel novel by Suzanne Collins was published in May 2020, at the height of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes is set to be released in theaters on November 17, 2023. 

Star power: Jennifer Lawrence starred in the original Hunger Games series as Katniss Everdeen, who is selected to compete in the deadly title competition

Star power: Jennifer Lawrence starred in the original Hunger Games series as Katniss Everdeen, who is selected to compete in the deadly title competition

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