The Set of The Hunger Games Was Like Being in College, Says Director Francis Lawrence

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but the cast and crew have already said their goodbyes.

Filming on the YA franchise wrapped in June with an “emotional” last day, director Francis Lawrence tells PEOPLE.

“You start counting down the days and then you can’t believe that it’s actually there,” he says. “There were a lot of tears. But there were a lot of hugs too.”

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