Below is a three-and-a-half-minute video that shows how many of the special effects were created in the first season of “Game of Thrones.” Granted, part of the reason I like it is because it’s set to the show’s stirring theme music, but the true appeal of the reel is the way it’s edited to show how real scenery is mixed with green- and blue-screen backdrops to create the fantasy realm of Westeros.
Much of the footage we see here is a look into the work done by special-effects wizards BlueBolt. From plain landscapes that morph into ornate vistas with castles, we get to see the reason why Game of Thrones has been nominated for an Emmy for special visual effects. [blastr via BuzzFeed]
If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll definitely enjoy this. But for anyone who hasn’t seen the show or read the books, you should stop watching at the 2:40 mark to avoid a late-season spoiler (I also discuss the spoiler below the video).
In order to preserve the tiny shred of faith that I have in humanity, I don’t often read YouTube comments. But I have to say that I enjoyed this one from Taospark:
“You guys have to make the final shot with Daenerys with the baby dragons really good.”
“Uh, can we have like an hour of test footage of Emilia Clarke topless to work with? Also, it may take us a while to do it.”
Well played. And thankfully, the nudity on “Game of Thrones” is all 100% real.
(P.S. Have you seen Emilia Clarke as a brunette? Yowza.)