Game of Thrones: Drogon’s CGI and Special Effects Explained

IN THE PRESS | Den of Geek! | March 15th, 2018 | Original Article

For Game of Thrones fans, it may seem like the political maneuverings that give the show its name all lead to specific turning points for people like Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen, who have had to overcome great obstacles to get where they are today. Although conquest had to take a back seat to a much greater threat by the end of season 7, few confrontations were more memorable than the attack of Drogon in episode 4, “Spoils of War,” which required a massive undertaking by the visual effects team at Image Engine Design, Inc. led by Thomas Schelesny.

Known as “the loot train sequence” to the crew of Game of Thrones, the scene shows Daenerys riding on Drogon’s back laying waste to the Lannister troops as they fight to make their way east past the Dothraki cavalry. Image Engine recently posted their visual effects breakdown on Vimeo, and the combination of green screen with Emilia Clarke, practical effects with the exploding lines of soldiers, and the completely digital dragon is truly something to behold.

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