Season 8 of HBO's massive Game of Thrones is just under two weeks away from starting, and now the creators behind the show are really starting to ramp up the hype. To kick off the week, HBO has shared a new clip offering a behind-the-scenes look at how they achieve their visuals effects.
Throughout the seasons of the show, the scope of what the visual effects team has done has increased. "Things need to be shot faster and they need to be turned around faster. This whole journey of Game of Thrones has been one of figuring out how to rise to that occasion," visual effects producer Steve Kullback explained. "It's a remarkable demand on our team."
Supervisor Joe Bauer stated that they've worked on "over 10,000" shots of visual effects. "The biggest challenge for visual effects is defining what the workload is," Bauer said. "From the scripts we have a really good general idea of what we're doing, but for us it comes down to the individual shots. Every shot defines a method."
VFX producer Steve Kullback and supervisor Joe Bauer explain the challenges and fun of pushing the boundaries of special effects.— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 1, 2019
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Considering what everyone who worked on the final six episodes of the show have been saying, it's clear why the production team needed a little longer to work on the last season. Now that the dragons are more integral to the show than ever before, that's got to be a lot of CGI work. Game of Thrones Season 8 kicks off on April 14.
Until then, watch the clip about the show's visual effects up top.