As Game of Thrones fans we often focus on a certain set of things. The book readers often delve into discussions of the adaptation decisions from the ASOIAF books to the small screen. All the fans, book readers or not, debate character nuance and any potential plot developments endlessly. As individuals we have favorite GoT locations and cultures that we compare and contrast. But we’re also privileged to witness a level of quality cinematography that has been, arguably, heretofore unknown in television. Hit Fix is reporting that professional cinematographers are taking notice as well. The ASC, American Society of Cinematographers, has nominated Game of Thrones and other genre shows for their TV awards.
What are some of your favorite “natural” visual scenes from the first four seasons? Although we have often discussed our favorite Special Effects scenes, what about those scenes that did not involve animation or graphic manipulation (or at least not too much, the occasional green screen is probably unavoidable)?
And speaking of beautiful scenes, Dave Hill has a new update on Making Game of Thrones (see photo at top of the gorgeous set). The blog entry really isn’t all that spoilery as they never give much detail but use your own judgement as to whether you want to read the entry or go below the cut.
Dave Hill regales us with their consideration of historical accuracy while filming a scene or scenes in…..a brothel (surprise, not). There is a bit of an “ewww” factor in his comments.
One thing I have personally noted since they started filming in Croatia is the use of natural lighting in scenes. And yes this all ties in together–see the first photo of the brothel and the lighting?
Who can forget the scene from “Two Swords” (S 4, Ep 1) where Twyin presents Jaime with a Valyrian steel sword (see below)? IIRC Tywin was seated in the shadows, dressed in black while Jaime stands in front of him, his golden armor ablaze with the light streaming into the room.
And have you ever noticed how dimly lit almost all of the Small Council meetings have been, even from the first season? The photo below of Ned in one of his first, if not the first, Small Council meeting is a great example. They always have small shafts of light shining into the dimness, but not enough to fully illuminate the room. There are dozens of photos showing a similar lighting set up for those particular scenes.
Clearly these patterns are purposeful. What other patterns have you noticed? Let’s give it up for GoT Cinematography–they truly deserve the recognition.