Comic-Con 2013: The ‘Ender’s Game’ Fan Experience

Comic-Con 2013 Ender's Game Fan Experience Living Room Set

After having a joyful time through Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla Experience, a stroll through Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game Fan Experience felt like the right thing to do before Comic-Con ended. HGTV partnered with Summit to create this SDCC exclusive experience, which showcased an interpretation of the Wiggins home living room, along with other specially constructed, unique rooms to recreate environments from the film itself. Check out the Ender’s Game Fan Experience after the jump.

Having not had the chance to preview the Ender’s Game Fan Experience all week, I was pretty excited to see what Summit and HGTV brought to Comic-Con and what all the hubbub was all about for one of the most anticipated sci-fi films of the year. Although the Ender’s Game Fan Experience wasn’t as much of an experience as it was an exhibit of set decor and costumes from the actual film, it was plenty for fans of the book to get super excited about before the movie releases this November.

Walking through the giant exhibit, the first thing fans encounter is casa de Ender. It’s decked out as if it was a traditional high-middle class home in the suburbs. There were pictures of Valentine (Abigail Breslin) and Ender (Asa Butterfield) on the walls as they play brother and sister in the film.

The next room consisted of space shuttle chairs. You could sit down and strap in if that was of interest.

Moving on to the next room, on the left wall were all eight Battle School military insignias. Fans got an exclusive SDCC Ender’s Game dog tag before entering with one of eight on them. There was also a replication of sleeping quarters for the cadets. A Battle School classroom was on the left of the the sleeping quarters where you could interact with the LCD screens.

The next few rooms were pretty vacant, just big futuristic set pieces. But in the last room, character props and costumes were on display. From Colonel Hyrum to Ender’s Space Battle Suit, there was a lot for fans to get giddy about.

For a futuristic sci-fi film, Ender’s Game is very humble with its art production, costumes, and set design. I like that it’s not loud or shiny, but I feel as though it doesn’t really stand out or excite me either. Costumes, props, and sets are all invaluable when it comes to world building, but with how highly regarded the story is, I think the production design works in the films favor so as to not distract viewers on such details when enjoying the film But if the footage shown from the panel on Thursday is any good indication as to how excited fans should be for the release of Ender’s Game then Summit should have quite the blockbuster this fall.

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Directed by Gavin Hood Ender’s Game stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, and Harrison Ford. The film hits US theaters on November 1, 2013.

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