Neil Burger’s Commentary on the Divergent Trailer

Remember earlier this week when the official trailer for Divergent was released?  Hard to forget something that awesome, right?  Well, director Neil Burger, visited MTV and gave them a frame-by-frame breakdown of the trailer and it’s totally worth a watch.  To do so, click on the image below!

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Setting the Scene
” ‘Divergent’ takes place 100 years in the future after some kind of war or catastrophe happened, and society’s been reformed into five factions,” Burger says, setting the scene of the film. The cast and crew filmed in Chicago, using real, dilapidated buildings for the exterior shots and only utilizing CGI to turn Lake Michigan into a dried-up marsh.

The Aptitude Test That Changes Everything
As heroine Tris Prior, Shailene Woodley undergoes an aptitude test to determine which faction she belongs in. Burger describes the test as a “controlled nightmare,” pitting the teen against her darkest fears. Until, that is, she discovers the ability to mentally overcome the test. “What she learns, as they say, is that her results are inconclusive. She doesn’t fit in anywhere and she’s what’s known as Divergent,” Burger says. “She doesn’t understand at this point, she just knows that it’s dangerous.”

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DIVERGENT Worldwide Trailer Premiere & Live Stream Event Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s a big day for Divergent fans, as Lionsgate is going to premiere the first official theatrical trailer for the movie.  Not only that, but along with the trailer will be a live stream chat event with director Neil Burger.

Here are the details:




Trailer Launch For Highly Anticipated Motion Picture Marks the First Time Top YouTube Talent Will Collaborate to Unveil a Movie Trailer in a Live Event with Director Neil Burger

Santa Monica, CA  November 12, 2013 – Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, is excited to announce the worldwide trailer premiere live stream event for the highly anticipated film DIVERGENT with director Neil Burger.  The trailer will be unveiled for the first time on Summit Entertainment’s YouTube channel ( at 8:30 AM PT tomorrow (11/13), followed by a live chat with Neil Burger and top YouTube talent and fans.

In a first-of-its-kind execution, the following YouTube talent from Maker Studios, who are also DIVERGENT fans, will join the live chat with director Neil Burger and feature the event on their respective channels: ShamelessmayaCharismaStarAjRafaelCournteyPantsKaters17MagicofRahat, and xxFluffyPunkxx. The combined subscribers of the participating YouTube talent total over 4.1 million.

Anyone can submit questions to the live stream event by tweeting @Divergent or @NeilBurger, using the hashtag #Divergent.

At 9AM PT, immediately following the premiere of the trailer in the live stream event, the trailer will be available in HD at

Official Site:


In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group.  When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

Based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, DIVERGENT is directed by Neil Burger, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. DIVERGENT arrives in theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014.


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Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, Snitch, Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Arbitrage and Pantelion Films’ breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever in the U.S.

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Thoughts on the DIVERGENT Trailer

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This Wednesday, you’ll get a chance to see the first official trailer for the Divergent movie.

But let me first tell you what my thoughts were on it.  And yes, if you’re wondering, I was one of a few that got a chance to see the trailer in advance just so that we can share our thoughts with the rest of you.

I’m not going to give away any details about what I saw, because that would be spoiling it for you and you don’t want that.

What I will say is that to me, quite a few of the scenes that were in the trailer looked familiar, because it was pretty similar to what I had already imagined when I was reading the book.  I liked the feel of it and you will certainly notice the separation of the factions.  If you’ve seen behind-the-scene photos during the filming, you’ll see how it gets pulled together in the trailer.

What’s exciting is that the scenes that they show are probably some that you’ve been looking forward to seeing, so that’ll excite you.  I know I was thrilled to see one of my favorite scenes in the book make it in the trailer.


As for the actors playing the characters, especially Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, and Kate Winslet as Jeanine, I think they’ll make the characters their own and that you’ll be able to see them as those characters.

I like how they showed just enough to peak the interest of readers and non-readers of the book alike, without giving too much away.  I felt that this trailer aimed to set it apart from other movie trailers on YA book-to-movie adaptations, and it did so just fine with this one.

I hope you all enjoy it when it comes out this Wednesday at 8:30am PST!  Make sure to go to to watch then!


Worldwide Divergent Trailer Premiere Announced!

Big news, Initiates! In just three short days the worldwide premiere of the official Divergent trailer will take place.  See details below!

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We’re excited to announce the Worldwide Trailer Premiere Live Stream Event for the highly anticipated film DIVERGENT with director Neil Burger.  The trailer will be unveiled for the first time, followed by a live chat with Neil Burger and various YouTube talent and fans.
The live event will take place at 8:30 AM PT on Wednesday, November 13 via
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In a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities, Tris Prior is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group.  When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.
In theaters & IMAX nationwide March 21, 2014.
In addition, Shailene Woodley recorded a special announcement for the event which you can see here on Instagram!

Divergent First Look Has Arrived!

As promised, the first trailer for Divergent debuted at the VMA pre-show tonight and it’s AWESOME!  Watch Below!

divergent first look

Now that you’ve seen it, tell us your favorite part! We’d love to hear your thoughts!