Game of Thrones combined massive storylines and world-building with political intrigue and surprisingly intimate personal drama. But it wouldn’t have become a worldwide television phenomenon without its incredible visual effects. From dragons to giants and everything in between, Thrones relied on its innovative VFX team to create the immersive high-fantasy world we know and love. With the show’s epic conclusion (including one last blast of dragonfire), it’s time to go behind the scenes with this exclusive look from HBO. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside:
- VFX Producer Steve Kullback and Supervisor Joe Bauer discuss how working on Game of Thrones was like joining a circus
- Learn how VFX supervisors, producers, concept artists, editors, and air traffic controllers work together to make the show look impeccable
- Find out how the visual effects team pulled off Viserion’s death and resurrection as a wight
- See Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen riding on the back of a green screen dragon
- Watch how the visual effects of some of the most visually stunning scenes on the show, from the Battle of the Bastards to the Explosion of the Great Sept of Baelor, were layered together
- Find out how the team breaks down scripts into individual shots
- Learn how to create a shot that follows a fire-breathing dragon, including a fire-spouting mechanical rig
- Hear what it’s like to work on a show with over 10,000 visual effects shots
Now that you know how it all came together, your rewatch begins. Check out every episode of Game of Thrones with HBO via DIRECTV.
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