In the news: Natalie Dormer talks to The Irish Times and Tipsy Talk about a “dirty and rough-looking” Margaery in Game of Thrones season 6 and the importance of representation in media. Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham discuss the balance of CGI and practical effects on Game of Thrones, GoT artist Adrien Van Viersen posts a season 5 storyboard sequence and Emilia Clarke winks at Jon Snow’s return.
In an interview with The Irish Times, Natalie Dormer discussed her career, her love of Irish soda bread and her thoughts on Margaery Tyrell.
“She’s a sincere human being,” Dormer said. “She genuinely has a good heart. Being politically savvy doesn’t make you a bad person. But I think that when women are portrayed that way, that’s how it often seems. Women have to strive in the public eye. But that doesn’t make them bad people.”
In an appearance on Tipsy Talk with Hazel Hayes, Dormer talked about Margaery’s less-than-glamorous journey in season 6.
“It’s great to play someone who doesn’t have a f***ing clue what they’re going to do … you’ll see Margaery dirty and rough-looking in that dungeon trying her damndest to get out.”
She went on to discuss the “emerging” prevalence of women in the film industry on both sides of the camera and the need for representation.
“It’s not just gender equality. It’s ethnicity, its sexuality: it’s just about having a portion of representation in our storytelling. It’s not even about saying we need more female writers – although of course we do – we just need people to be brave to change the ‘John’ to ‘Jane.’ I honesty think sometimes it’s that simple.”
Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham talked to The Independent about the pros and cons of working with special and practical effects.
“Standing with a green screen I find so tricky,” Williams said. “Particularly when you’re trying to work with someone else, as you’re both imagining something totally different – neither of you are imagining exactly what they’re going to put there.” Williams explained how working against a green screen disrupts an actor’s eye line.
“They’re like ‘look out to the castle’ and you just think ‘well, how far away is it? Is it right here?’ and although you can ask all of those questions it never looks right. You watch it back and you think ‘I can tell I’m looking at a green screen’, even though for an audience member it may not register.”
Cunningham pointed out that Game of Thrones‘ use of green screen is actually quite small.
“We’re still making a very expensive TV series but it’s not, you know, Lord of the Rings, with two or three million dollar budgets – our use of CGI is very little though. The boat that we travel on to Braavos is actually in a car park – they’ve obviously got to use [VFX] to get the sea right – but there is such beautiful attention to detail from the costumes, from the sets, from the props – they’re magnificent.”
In other news, artist Adrien Van Viersen posted samples of his storyboards from the season 5 episode “The Dance of Dragons.” The storyboards depict scenes from Daenerys’ escape from Daznak’s Pit- visit his website for more of the storyboard artwork from the episode.
Speaking of Daenerys, Emilia Clarke presented the Best First Feature Award with director Nate Parker last night at the Independent Spirit Awards.
While on stage, Parker started pestering Clarke over Jon Snow’s possible resurrection next season. Finally, he asked her to wink if Snow is still alive. Teasing the audience and fans, Clarke winks just as the cameras cut away.