It seem’s to be getting a bit of a Monday tradition for me to share some inspiration (and distraction) on this blog. Todays is even more important as the weather outside is shocking, and I certainly need some diversion from the news that (our-so-called,) summer is now officially over.
I certainly can’t think of a better way of doing this than the latest breakdown, released by our friends at Pixomondo. Showcasing their latest Emmy award winning VFX work on the outstanding ‘Game of Thrones.’
Although before we do that its probably only right that we watch the opening sequence first. (and grab some popcorn.)
Founded in 2001, Pixomondo is an international visual effects company with a global network of studios in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Beijing and most recently Toronto.
They were also the lead VFX provider for the second season. according to CreativeCow, “Stuttgart served as the lead and did most of the set extension work and matte paintings as well as creature work and some CG gore. Frankfurt created the dragons and Berlin worked on shots featuring fluid simulations. London and Burbank handled compositing and 3D work and Burbank also helped model the dragons. Beijing composited the shots with the ‘direwolves’ and was also responsible for some of the long establishing shots as well as crowd replication and matte paintings. Munich, Hamburg and Shanghai assisted with compositing, with Shanghai also contributing to 3D shots.” This was produced under the guidance of lead VFX supervisor Gombos and VFX supervisor Stanossek, nine of Pixomondo's facilities contributed to the Game of Thrones project.
Now lets have a look at the 3.5minute, dragon-infested breakdown:
I always find find these breakdowns insightful into how they overcome may of the challenges. (A particularly favourite of mine is the wolf “snarl” trick, which I will be trying on my cat later tonight.)
Whilst we are talking about Game Of Thrones, we should also take a peek at the great work BlueBolt and Screen Scene completed for Season 1. (HD recommended.)
I’m sure you will join me in congratulating all the artists involved with the great VFX work above. Your work is truly impressive.
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