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February 11 2014

Watch a Foreshadowing of Season 4

'Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing' answered fans' burning questions: Who is Oberyn Martell? Which actor had a weird moment with a sausage? Does King Joffrey have redeeming qualities? (Spoiler alert: No.) Watch the video below for a preview of Season 4.

February 04 2014

Meet Deborah Riley

GOT welcomes a new production designer for Season 4. 

January 21 2014

Season 4: On the Set

4 countries, 180 days of shooting, 600 script pages: get a glimpse behind the scenes of Season 4.

December 20 2013

Across the (Narrow) Sea

By Cat Taylor

For the ‘Game of Thrones’ crew, every year is a different type of adventure. This year, the Dragons took care of Iceland and the Wolves invaded Croatia for the better part of six weeks. Splitting filming time between Dubrovnik and the Dalmatian coastal town of Split, we caught up with Daenerys’ story in Slaver’s Bay after her spectacular victory at Yunkai, along with the new armies she commands. Then it was across the sea to the red-stone walls of King’s Landing and all the drama that continues to play out on the great stage that is Joffrey’s court.

While there are some specific locations we can’t confirm for security reasons, it was amazing to be able to see so many places in such a beautiful country in such a unique way. The back streets of Old Town and the coastal hotels redressed into fortresses were a sight to see… And it’s not every day you have to cut because someone is doing speedboat tricks in the background of your scene. (Seriously.)

While we did cut Morocco out of the schedule and reduce our country count to three, that hasn’t stopped us from establishing a new show record. Thanks to the splinter units, we actually managed to film four separate episodes simultaneously. That’s two directors, filming separate episodes in two different countries, all on the same day.

What’s it take to become such masters of efficiency? Caffeine, sugar … and every AD available in Northern Ireland. 

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December 04 2013

Overheard on Set: Into the Woods

By Cat Taylor

Photo by Helen Sloan

Ah, Craster’s Keep. Deep in the woods of a private estate north of Belfast, in at least six feet of mud (OK, inches), is the resilient set of the last wildling outpost before the Wall. It’s a strange set – with semi-permanent snow dressing, you do feel as if the temperature has dropped once you walk into the white-washed trees, even in the rare sun of late summer. 

We’re shooting nights again this year and sometimes that leads to unusual early-hour conversations.

"Just be aware there are two bodies in the car, yeah?"

"Careful where you step, you’ll rip the snow."

"They could really have their own show, ‘Chickens on Tour.’"

"Anyone seen the sword blood?"

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November 27 2013

Overheard on Set: The Pre-production Meeting

The pre-production meeting is a chance for all the department heads to get together with the producers and discuss what are likely to be the challenges and requirements for a particular episode. Generally lead by the 1st AD, the script will be broken down scene by scene and each one analysed for potential questions or difficulties. For example has the location be confirmed? Are there enough of a certain type of costume for the numbers in a scene, and will our cast need any training for a particular sequence. On a show like Game of Thrones, that tends to lead to some rather unusual conversations.

“We’re going to be killing the stuntmen 3 times each at least, so we’ll need to look at beards and hair.”

“They do say an owl is twice as hard to do as the eagle, and you know what that was like.”

“There is no silent wind, only noise wind.”

“We can’t tube the silent wind across?”


November 14 2013

GOT Wedding Planners . . . for Your Unforgivably Memorable Event

By Cat Taylor

Photo by Helen Sloan

By now many of you will have seen the interview with George R.R. Martin that confirms this season of ‘Game of Thrones’ will include another wedding (you know, because the last one was a roaring success!). This time, King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell will be joining hands and houses. I was delighted to be able to attend because as we have all now learnt – a Westerosi wedding is not to be missed.

While the ceremony itself was filmed in one of our semi-permanent sets in Belfast, the Sept of Baelor, the reception was filmed in a beautiful outdoor set located in Parc Gradac in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The park was transformed by our new Production Designer, Deb Riley, and her team into everything you might desire from a Royal Wedding carnival, with elaborate decorations, an epic feast and the most creative and unexpected forms of entertainment for the guests. 

Filmed over a five day stretch, we waited with bated breath each day for the clouds to roll in and dampen our fun. Weather reports suggested imminent downpours at the end of the week, and only a few days before, water funnels had formed off the coast in the height of a rain storm. Aside from one short and dramatic burst where Costume scrambled to get all the extras under cover and everyone rushed to protect props, we were spared the worst of the predictions.

In terms of principal cast members in attendance, the Royal Wedding was one of the largest scenes we’ve filmed since the premiere season, with 23 named parts appearing on any given day. In addition, we were delighted to welcome 218 extras as guests to the event, some of them travelling from the other side of Europe and the United States to be a part of the experience. Lookout for some familiar faces in the crowds – Pixie Le Knot is back this year, and one of our crew makes an appearance with the entertainers.


October 29 2013

A Fire Burns Bright in Belfast

By Cat Taylor

On a cloudy day in July, in a car park opposite the Paint Hall in Belfast, a group gathers by one lonely SFX truck. Tourists walking between the Titanic Museum and the Pump-House don’t even glance in our direction and a jogger runs down the road oblivious to our rag-tag bunch.

Then, on command, 15 feet of fire shoots through the air.

The first time, no one really notices the flame. SFX have a tight control on the rig and the fire is only coming in short bursts to give the camera crew and VFX team a chance to calibrate and get closer to the outlets.

Once the bursts come more regularly, a few begin people stop and point across the road and through the fencing. The flames, burning a hot bright orange are hard to miss – and that is what we want, because this is the dragon fire test for Season 4.

As the dragons grow and start to test their power, their fire breathing will get stronger and more powerful. The Dragons are legend for a reason and this season we will get a hint of why. The final tally, 22 canisters and 400 litres of gas – all for just one day in Essos.

October 10 2013

An Eyrie Comes to an End

By Cat Taylor

Photo by Neil Davidson

For the last two weeks, one of the oldest sets in the studio has slowly been pulled down. On a show as large as 'Game of Thrones,' which spans so many worlds and cities, it’s not unusual for our Art Department and construction team to create a set that may only last one season, or is designed specifically to be made over after the shooting of one or a small number of scenes. Some of our sets have been made over so many times, they are now in their fourth incarnation. 

From the very beginning, one of the strongest sets – one of the most instantly recognisable and unique builds, has been the Eyrie. Designed by Gemma Jackson and constructed in one of the large cells in the old Paint Hall building, the Eyrie set was a full set. No trick shots or VFX were necessary to create the walls that stood in the round. They were built that way, in sections similar to pie slices, on a towering timber frame built with a raised platform to accommodate space for the moon door. 

Because of this, the set has to be torn down section by section, effectively reversing the building process for each part. Overseen by our marvellous Tommy “Tucker” Spence, four riggers, four stage hands and two carpenters are all working to bring it down safely. Each and every tile and step is broken down and taken away. The scaffold shell seems larger now that the walls are down; the winding stairs, suspended 4-feet off the ground, now lead nowhere. The circular tiled floor has had its slabs pulled up, and the doors and pillars have been salvaged for other sets in the future. The work only pauses on days when the cells next door are being used for filming. 

What is it making way for? That, my darlings, is a secret…for now. 

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March 07 2013

Down to the Smallest Detail

 Small details can pose big challenges. Go behind the scenes with Propmaster Gordon Fitzgerald.

July 12 2012

GOT Raises the Bar at Comic-Con’s Wired Cafe

Comic-Con has officially kicked off in San Diego with its first full day of fan-crazed events, and convention-goers lucky enough to score a pass to the Wired Cafe immediately flocked there Thursday morning to suck down GOT-themed cocktails and check out exclusive tech demos – including a limited-edition ‘Game of Thrones’ X-Box at the HBO GO display.

For everybody who wasn’t able to fly out to the Con and geek out for the weekend, we’ll keep you updated with details from the ‘Game of Thrones’ cast panel on Friday and all the GOT-related action from the ground. Also, be sure to follow Kristian Nairn (Hodor!) as he documents his experience on HBO Connect.

February 16 2012

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