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This innocuous post from Northern Ireland Screen, calling for trainees to join it’s Skills Development Scheme. But thanks to this tweet from Cat Taylor, it looks like most (if not all) the trainees will end up working on season 3 of Game of Thrones. If you met the application criteria, it’s a great opportunity to have a hand in the show!
Episodes can range from having as few as 60 VFX shots to as many as 140 VFX shots (I’m guessing that upper end is where “Blackwater” falls). Some interesting notes about changes to the dragon design to show that they’re growing, and a lot of talk of how the work was handled by nine of the twelve Pixomondo studios across the globe, plus some work outsourced to other VFX production companies, Baked FX (which has a brief announcement about their involvement) and Entity FX.
Casting is well under way for season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and though rumors and whispers are running around about which roles are being sought—we can pretty reliably say that Daario Naharis, Shireen Baratheon, and Edmure Tully are among roles being sought, that Brynden Tully (aka the Blackfish) also seems likely from details we’ve picked up from a recent (now vanished) audition video, and of course significant roles for this season such as Mance Rayder are also being sought, while it certainly sounds from the show that the character of Ramsay Snow is going to be needed.
It’s notable that the casting for extras is also underway... and a detail rather caught our eye:
And men or women that are over 18 and that are under 5ft in height.
For those who’ve always wondered a bit what the series might have looked like at various stages during conceptualization of the people and places, Kimberley Pope—a concept artist who’s worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Agora, Elizabeth: the Golden Age, and of course Game of Thrones—has shared a number of examples of concept art, both for this season and last. There’s some spoilers in the season 2 material, rather mild… but there’s also a lot of amazing material, including various iterations of the Dragonstone and Harrenhal designs, good looks at the Eyrie with a kind of cable car (instead of a winch cage), and more.
Very much worth a gander.
In the wake of the announcement of Game of Thrones being renewed for a 3rd season (which George R.R. Martin also commented on), Northern Ireland Screen has confirmed that the production will continue to be based in Northern Ireland. Th show will receive funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Shooting will take place in the Paint Hall film studio, the new sound stages in Belfast, the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge and various other locations throughout Northern Ireland.
At 2PM Eastern today, CNN’s The Next List will be airing a 30-minute episode focused entirely on the work of David J. Peterson (Dedalvs on Twitter), creator of the Dothraki language on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Leading up to it, CNN has posted up some clips featuring remarks from executive producers David Benioff & Dan Weiss, as well as star Emilia Clarke, regarding the importance of the language to the show. Here’s one of them:
Thanks to our friends over at Sky Atlantic’s Thronecast—where Linda and I will, indeed, be resuming our weekly presence!—we’ve received the opportunity to share Kelly-Anne Smith’s interview with Game of Thrones executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss from the international press junket that we attened late in February. Here it is!
Stay tuned, another interview is going up shortly (you can catch up on the one’s we’ve published to date here... and we’ve our own interview with Benioff and Weiss set to be released tomorrow!
The Wall Street Journal’s John Jurgenson has a very interesting article concerning the production of the second season. Here’s a few useful statistics:
Also of interest? Season 3 location scouting is already going on, though there’s been no official greenlight. Expect it on Monday or Tuesday at the latest—we’re 100% confident that season 3 is a no-brainer, at this stage. The only real question is if they’ll announce they’re ordering season 4 as well (beware rumors that they’ll film two seasons back to back, however—deeply unlikely).
Some last bits of promotional material sneaking out from HBO. This time, we’ve two new videos featuring a look at new characters and new destinations that we’ll be seeing this season. Good stuff, and an excellent chance to hear from some of the newest cast members:
Last night HBO premiered a brand new trailer on its channel, but they’ve very kindly made it available on HBO.com. Titled “Price For Our Sins”—not our favorite line revealed from trailers thus far, we must say—it largely features images we’ve seen before, but there’s a handful of new shots to get excited about.
Besides that, we’ve forgotten to note that the Making Game of Thrones website has a great little feature on the weapons of the show, featuring the weaponmaster Tommy Dunne. Some really amazing swords and their accoutrements this season, beautifully crafted. Lightbringer and Hearteater are especially impressive!
I heard a rumor that this existed…
And now it’s out for everyone to see. To promote the second season of Game of Thrones (mark your calendars: April 1st in the U.S. and Latin America, April 2nd in the U.K.), HBO‘s released a gruesome new poster… and it’s a big spoiler, so if you don’t know anything about the series or have just started watching, don’t look. For those who want to get a closer look, on the other hand, make sure to visit Wondercon this weekend, where you’ll be able to get a photo taken and have yourself inserted into the picture.
You’ll see what I mean by that, below the cut:
Using the infamous refrain of the ironborn devotees of the Drowned God, “What is Dead May Never Die” turns out to be the title for the third episode of season 2—and the first not penned by David Benioff & Dan Weiss. Instead, this one’s written by story editor Bryan Cogman, who wrote last season’s fourth episode, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”.
I think it’s a pretty safe bet it’ll be giving us our first, in-depth look at the Iron Islands…
For the titles of the first two episodes, see our earlier post.
Just a few days away from the release of the Blu-ray and DVD sets of the first season of Game of Thrones on both sides of the Pond (UK DVD, UK Blu-ray, US DVD, US Blu-ray), and it seemed like the right time to give a more in-depth look into the production of the set. If you’ve read our review, the production values of the added features completely blew us away.
Thanks to HBO and Bryan Cogman, we learned a lot of this could be put down to the hard work of Herzog and Company, a creative production company who specializes in producing added content for DVDs and Blu-rays, among many other things they do. HBO put us in touch with Adam Vadnais, executive director of digital design at the company, and he was happy to answer seven (not a coincidence, that) questions for us!
Via HBO, the titles of the first two episodes (missed the first last week while we were on a trip) have been released through their on-line schedule. The first episode is titled, “The North Remembers”—an interesting choice, as that phrase comes only from
A Dance with Dragons
A Storm of Swords (and becomes iconic only with A Dance with Dragons, where it has a lot of meaning and resonance)—and the second is, “The Night Lands”, which refers to the afterlife of the Dothraki.
Another new video giving a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the second season of Game of Thrones... and this one’s particularly interesting as it contains a few glimpses of some things (and people) we haven’t seen before:
The most notable bits? They’re toward the end. First, Robb is speaking with a woman whose back is to the camera… and that’d be the Jeyne, played by Oona Chaplin. And the other? That’d be Tyrion Lannister holding up a glass container holding a mysterious green liquid that actually looks like it’s glowing; that must be the show’s take on wildfire.
Oh, and unless I’m mistaken, we see Roxanne McKee in an earlier shot—which suggests Doreah is surviving rather longer on the TV show than she is in the novel.
That, and more, can be found in the video, which is certainly worth watching through a couple of times, if for nothing else than some more glimpses at the Harrenhal set.
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