“Game of Thrones'” stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam wants the show’s action scenes to look like nothing we’ve seen before.
“I’m always looking for the WTF moments,” Irlam told Variety for this episode of Artisans presented by HBO. He noted that the Battle of Winterfell — the major episode in the final season that staged the fight between the living and the dead — was unprecedented in that no one has shot that long of a battle scene at night before.
He broke down a short scene in the episode, in which Kit Harington’s Jon Snow heads through a tunnel as White Walkers fall down on him. “That probably takes 10 seconds of the episode, but that took probably two weeks of work prep, rehearse, design that particular segment,” he said.
He called stunt people a “massive creative force,” and as stunt coordinator, he has significant creative impact on the construction of scenes. “Often I’ll get a script that says ‘The Hound and the Mountain will meet and what follows is a feat of fight choreography produced by Rowley Irlam and his team,'” he said.
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“Game of Thrones” costume designer Michele Clapton walks us through the creative process of tailoring the costumes to specific characters and episodes on Variety‘s Artisans series, presented by HBO. Clapton says she begins by sketching all of the characters with specific themes and practicality in mind. For example, she explains the lean design of Arya [...]
Nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning, with Netflix leading the pack. The streaming service’s “Marriage Story” scored six nominations, while “The Irishman and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” tied with five each. Among the notable snubs: broadcast television networks and female directors, who were shut out. Daily Variety […]
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Noah Baumbach and Adam Driver sat down with The Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss their new Netflix drama, “Marriage Story,” and some of the most intense moments on set. One particular scene (SPOILER-ALERT) features Driver and his co-star Scarlett Johansson in a difficult and tense conversation as their marriage falls apart. […]