Game Of Thrones Special Effects Video: Dragons, Direwolves And Wildfire
There's probably a joke to be made about winter and how it's coming before the next season of Game of Thrones will air but the wait is no joking matter. The Walking Dead doesn't return for another month but should at least help pass the time until the other special effects heavy fantasy adventure returns next spring. Special effects heavy might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about HBO's Game of Thrones, and it shouldn't be, but the second season did feature a lot of stunning work done entirely in post-production.
First, there's all the things you don't notice or take for granted, like the sprawling vistas and elegantly designed castles, and then four or five major set-pieces that required a lot of computer generated imagery. I recapped the show and didn't even remember just how many sequences (way more than the first season) relied heavily on the special effects until watching this video by Pixomondo, the Creative Arts Emmy Winner for outstanding special visual effects for their work on Game Of Thrones. Manufactured landscapes, castles, direwolves, dragons and so much more, take a different look at Season 2...
Of the locations, Harrenhal still stands out as the most striking but picking the burned out, haunted fortress is also probably the most obvious choice. And then there were scenes which completely hinged on the effects work, like Dany's dream sequence or the Battle at the Blackwater, and, well, you can see why Game of Thrones mopped up at the Creative Arts Emmys a few days ago. The third season of Game of Thrones premieres on Sunday, March 31, 2013 on HBO. Based on the bestselling “Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin, the series was created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
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