Watch VFX producer Steve Kullback and supervisor Joe Bauer explain the challenges of pushing the boundaries of special effects...and making dragons real.
At the beginning of the Game of Thrones saga, the VFX was minimal. things were shot on sets, effects were practical, and there wasn't even that much CGI, but the deeper we got into the series the more the show relies on their VFX artists to contribute. It was once 600-800 shots a season has become the same amount per episode.
With such a complicated shooting schedule, VFX artists have to be given the scripts early to break down the season. Then they have to travel onto every set to make sure things run properly.
In this video by HBO, we get a behind the scenes look at how the VFX on Game of Thrones has changed over the past few years, and how they look to define VFX on television and amaze us with the final season.
One of the biggest takeaways from this is just how much the show has evolved with the last ten years of VFX. You can see how intricate and detailed the work has become, and how much effort goes into making each episode look realistic. I also loved seeing the green CGI molds of the dragon heads. It gives me a new appreciation for Emilia Clarke having to act off of these puppets.
What's next? Read our Game Of Thrones Season 8 Preview!
Season Eight is shaping up to be one of the wildest on television. Early prognosticators are assuming that upwards of 10-20 million may tune in for each episode, and we know almost all of them are written at movie length. It's going to be a blast. How excited are you for Season Eight of Game of Thrones?
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I can't wait to see what happens in this epic and bloody battle.
The new season of Game Of Thrones will debut on April 14th, 2019.