The writers imagine it. The set designers, costumers, prop artists, and makeup artists create the world. The actors say their lines and hit their marks. The directors orchestrate it all.

But someone has to actually film Game of Thrones.

From sweeping vistas on the back of a dragon to massive, record-breaking battle scenes, the camera operators on Game of Thrones are the show's secret weapon. To get those incredible shots, they have to balance executing the director’s vision with technical and safety concerns. That can be quite a challenge, especially when shooting on location. With the show's final shot lingering in our collective memory, let’s find out what it was like to be a camera operator on one of the most cinematically beautiful television shows of all time. Here’s what’s inside this exclusive look from HBO:

  1. Hear from “A” Camera Operator Sean Savage about his 8 years on Game of Thrones—and his favorite shot
  2. Find out the best part of being a camera operator on the world's biggest show
  3. Discover the specific challenges of capturing everything from battle scenes to visual effects
  4. See what it’s like to shoot on location with snowstorms, wind, floods, rock falls and more
  5. Learn how they got that shot of Jon Snow emerging from a pile of bodies during the Battle of the Bastards

For even more behind the scenes GoT info, check out more exclusives from HBO on [LINK] and [LINK].