To create the magic you see on screen, Game of Thrones utilizes a number of top VFX houses. This is highly beneficial to us fans for two reasons: 1) We get to see dragons flying into battle! 2) We get to see VFX breakdown videos, put out by those individual VFX companies, which show how they made dragons fly! And torch Lannisters!
Check out the vid below, which was just released by VFX, animation, and design studio Iloura. Perfectly accompanied by thundering strings and timpani, it shows a stunning visual layering of the steps that went into making what may very well be the best scene of Season 7: the Lannisters' loot train getting torched by Drogon and pillaged by Daenerys' Dorthraki horde. It was, without a doubt, the most satisfying scene of the season, after we waited a good long time to see Drogon’s mighty power in all its Lannister-charring glory. And glorious it most definitely was.
In fact, the scene was so good that this is the second BTS vid about it that we’re covering (for good reason). We’ve already shown you the 14-minute BTS video that Game of Thrones released after the "Spoils of War" episode, which gives you a bit more of the nuts-and-bolts details about all the work that went into pulling off the loot train scene. But this new vid clocks in at under two minutes, and not a word is muttered. As visual artists, they use the sequenced layers of their medium to tell this story, beginning with the practical, and then building from there with ever more intricate and spectacular CGI additions.
Here’s how Iloura describes its effort:
“Having honed its crowd pipeline and in-house tools for handling the enormous datasets required for large-scale scenes featuring mounted riders and infantry for ‘Battle of the Bastards,’ Iloura artists were able to draw upon that expertise in augmenting filmed elements or, in some cases, creating full CG shots, including some with thousands of soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. Iloura also created extensive set extensions as well as CG smoke and fire, and composited sequences with assets from multiple vendors to seamless effect.”
What’s that you say? You want to see the "Battle of the Bastards" breakdown reel, too? You bet your sweet Jon Snow you do …