fxguide | December 13, 2017 | Original Article
Image Engine have released a showcase on the VFX/animation in Game of Thrones Season 7, and how bats and eagles were used as reference for the Game of Thrones dragons.
Daenerys’s personal mount Drogon, is one of the three dragons born in the Dothraki Sea along with Rhaegal and Viserion. The production used new motion capture/previz technology to place actress Emilia Clarke on Drogon’s back with a complex motion base.
In season 7, the dragons feature heavily in sequences such as their surprise attack on the Lannister forces, in the sequence known as the ‘Loot Train Attack’. The battle sees Jaime Lannister’s ground forces attacked by Daenerys Targaryen. Image Engine produced not only flying sequences with Daenerys riding her dragon Drogo but also, as shown below, key dramatic sequences as well. This includes the sequence when Daenerys sees Lannister charging towards her with a spear in his hand, hoping to kill her but unfortunately for Lannister, Drogon sees him too. The dragon shields Daenerys behind his head and breathes fire at the charging Lannister, who is saved from certain death when Bronn tackles him off his horse and into the river.