Game of Thrones: The Secrets of Film Editing Process

Posted on November 26, 2015

Wonder which sets and buildings are real and which are fake on Game of Thrones? Now you can see the film editing process and check out how the most impressive scenes were created.

Two of the main companies behind the visual effects, Mackevision and SpinVFX, have released a video just how much work goes into each scene.


From castles in Northern Ireland to the freezing landscapes of Iceland’s Lake Myvatin, Game of Thrones is set in some of the most beautiful locations around the world. To depict the fantastical world, the makers use the latest in visual effect technology. There are special effects in places you would never guess they exist. In fact, some shots look just silly when you see how much is covered by special effects.

Game of Thrones is likely the most ambitious shows and it is one with the highest production values. From an excellent ensemble cast to dynamic digital cinematography, the show looks like nothing else on television today. The visual effects are a unique combination of traditional processes and cutting-edge technologies. The effects are used to engage the audience’s imagination and fully envelop them in the one-of-a-kind world that is Westeros.


Using of Green Screens

In addition to computer-generated worlds being designed from scratch, many scenes combine sets and locations with green screens. These screens are used to add more features such as bridges and churches. They are also added to the sides and tops of buildings to make them appear larger than they are in real life.

Green screens work using a technique known as chroma keying. This involves isolating a specific color and using software to make it transparent. Luminance keying uses a similar process for isolating brightness values or black and white ranges. This means that if a person is wearing something green, the background fills in that image too.

During filming and editing green colors are removed and replaced with video footage to give the illusion of different locations and scenes. In theory, any color can be used for this purpose, but green is the least like skin tone.

Battle of Hardhome

Game of Thrones’ Battle of Hardhome was the biggest throw-down in the fifth season. The show used green screens, neon spandex and other effects to show viewers that nothing is more terrifying than thousands of wights attacking the Wildings and the Night’s Watch as the White Walkers watch atop their undead horses.

Another almost invisible effect seen in the Hardhome confrontation is the presence of snow and atmosphere. The vast majority of that was augmented but was still based on the live action snow that was shot with the special effects team. There was an immense effort made to have blowing snow and to show a progression of the weather event. But with the craziness of the actual weather in Belfast, this was something that was required to be done in in post-production.

In the video below, you can see the most chilling moments from Hardhome, including the invasion of the wight army, Jon Snow shattering a White Walker with Longclaw, and Wun Wun the giant tearing a wight in half.


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