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GOT Storyboard Artist William Simpson Gives a Glimpse at Season 3

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

By Cat Taylor


Artist: William Simpson

Will is an internationally renowned artist who has worked on any number of comics including ‘Judge Dredd,’ ‘Hellblazer’ and ‘Batman.’ He’s been the storyboard artist on ‘Game of Thrones’ since the beginning, and his beautiful work has now been collected in the new HBO book ‘Inside Game of Thrones.’

What would you say is the main purpose of your job?

The main function would be to try and collate a director’s thoughts on to paper so you get a ‘comic strip version’ of what they are, going to film. When you read a script you do start to get images that explain how the story makes sense. You try and find a way that it should be filmed. There are many ways it could be done, but when you are working with a director you are interpreting their version of things. That interpretation is crucial; it’s their stamp on the program. Sometimes I get to interpret in my version, sometimes parts get mixed in. I always find that interesting.

You’ve also done comic books. What would you say is more challenging – working on comics or working off a film script?

One of the things that I found was that for me, there wasn’t much difference. I always had a very ‘cinematic’ style. I’ve always been more graphic, more realistic in style. I would say that in comics, you are looking for one image that captures a moment; in the film, you can break down all the shots – filling in detail and time. You have to imagine the shot from different angles, with different camera perspectives. It becomes a much more involved thing. They are almost opposites – but always interesting.

You’ve worked on a lot of different projects – what would you say is unique to working on Game of Thrones?

A lot of the projects that I’ve worked on have been films, so one director, one film. With this, each episode is like a film, with a different director. It can be a challenge to work for all five directors, all on different scripts at the same time, with changes to the scripts coming in all the time. When I do storyboards I try and get the energy into the images, maybe it’s left over the comics, but for me it’s important that when I director shows it to a camera man or a DOP they get a sense of the nuance, the feel of the shot. Sometimes that can be difficult if you have so little time.

After years of knowing the actors, do you find it easier to draw the people and capture that energy?

It would be lovely if you could concentrate on it the way you do with comics. For me, I do like to know who is playing a character. You do try and draw a version of them, it’s not always easy; some are definitely easier to get a likeness to than others. A lot of the time you have scripts before things are cast, so you haven’t a clue and you end up with Conan the Barbarian.

A collection of your GOT boards is coming out as a book now, do you look back on them now and think, “Man that is pretty on the money?”

There are maybe one or two – but for me it will always be the opening shot of the first season where the white walkers first appear. That was worked out meticulously with Tim Van Patten, because it had to work. It was going to be shown to executives, and it needed to show how the show could work, that everything was right and it could be done. I was watching it with a friend, and we were flipping through my copies and saying “God, this is this, and this is this …” That was pretty right on.


Overheard on Set: Prisons, Mud and Caves.

Monday, September 24th, 2012

By Cat Taylor

“All I’m saying is, if you had to choose between a basement prison and a Sky-cell, I’d go cell. I mean, it least it would have a view.

“What is the deal with this mud? It’s had a year to dry out and it’s still a bloody sinkhole.”

“Dude – you are in Belfast, there is no such thing as a year of drying out.”

 “Can I borrow your torch?”

“Why do you need a torch, we are inside and there’s a huge lightening rig like 30 feet above  us.”

“Not in the cave set there isn’t. There might be something in there.”

“No more Batman movies for you.”

The Season 3 Battles Have Begun in Northern Ireland

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


By Cat Taylor  

Photo Credit: Helen Sloan

In the forests of Clandeboye, on a Wednesday afternoon in August, a man and his wife were walking their dog and heard the sound of a fight.

It was an important rehearsal, and the two main protagonists are two of my season favorites: an unexpected pairing, whose war of words is almost as full-on as the fight. This struggle has been choreographed and rehearsed for weeks, with each move carefully placed to match the terrain. The fighters wore pads and fell on crash matts, though for the close-ups later in the week, during the first night shoot of the season, the landing would not be quite so comfortable. It will be a character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved, so it has to be done well.

More departments began to arrive for a full run-through. VFX was involved in creating the final moments of the scene, and special effects had a lot to do to make it all work. Armoury had designed a special weapon for this scene alone, and there was a nervous moment when it was first tested against the wood of a massive tree stump and the body of one of our brave stunt guys.

The couple asked what was happening, and looked on for a while, but were gently guided toward the path. What happens next is too big a secret for anyone to know, and it certainly can’t be told by me.

For many of the characters in Game of Thrones

Monday, September 10th, 2012

For many of the characters in Game of Thrones  

Article by Tianya

Episode 3 meant getting used to intimidating new places – kind of like college orientation but with more battling in courtyards and making out with your sister.??At this point, everyone and their mom has weighed in on the Lannister twins’ incestuous affair, but luckily Episode 3 has provided a new subject for speculation: The twisted seasons of Westeros. Vulture’s Margaret Lyons asks, “The big question in my head now is IS winter coming? Are we going to see it? Like … soon, please?”??Sure, Old Nan painted a pretty nasty picture of the Long Night, but not everyone is buying it. Others are just extremely curious about the logistics. And even if the long winter DOES come, Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield is skeptical that anyone will be left to suffer through it. “Even their summer looks like a nightmare,” he writes. “Life sucks so profoundly for these people that there’s not much difference between a good king and a bad king — power is just a game, and nobody expects to live long enough to see the outcome.”??• Do you think that snow season will be as bad as the Starks are expecting???• Is Cersei raising a princely psychopath or the ‘Game of Thrones’ version of a star athlete???• And yeah – how about that scene with Ned discovering Needle???A NOTE ON SPOILERS: In the comments, please avoid mentioning or alluding to any events from the ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ books that haven’t occurred on the television series. All the fans experiencing this story for the first time will appreciate it!?It’s been a while since we’ve had a filming update post. Since our last update, the team has finished filming in Croatia (no more set photos for us) and also completed a grueling two weeks of night shoots in Northern Ireland that were the filming of the Blackwater scenes. We believe these were filmed at the “mystery castle” set in Magheramorne quarry.??The production has now moved back to Northern Ireland where one team has worked on location, filming the rest of the Winterfell scenes, while another has worked in the Paint Hall, filming many of the interior stuff. There have also been reports that they may be returning to the site of the hurricane damaged set to either resume filming scenes of Renly’s camp (the picture above is from yesterday and clearly shows the set has been reconstructed), or possibly to reshoot some stuff that may have been unusable due to the extreme weather. There is also a report they may be using the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge this time around. Also, in the next week or two, filming should begin in Iceland.??At this point, we have gotten pretty deep into filming and there are many scenes that are “in the can.” Let’s take a look at what has already been filmed and what is still left to film… (some minor spoilers after the break)

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Game of Thrones 2011 Movie Poster

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Game of Thrones 2011 Movie Poster  

Article by Wilbert Delacruz

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