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Game Of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner defends the Battle of Winterfell’s dark scenes

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Contrary to the divided opinion of fans about the strategy used in the most anticipated battle in Game of Thrones, there was one issue that almost all the fans were united about – the low lighting of the episode. Hilarious memes have been circulated with Melisandre being thanked for the fire she set up on Dothraki blades, to dragons being applauded for helping with brightness whenever they could. However, cinematographer Fabian Wagner who worked on the episode thinks otherwise.

Game Of Thrones cinematographer Fabian Wagner defends the Battle of Winterfell's dark scenes

Wagner, in an interview with Wired, blamed HBO for compressing the episode in a manner that had a direct impact on the clarity, resulting in pixalation and muddy patches surrounded by dark light. The cinematographer who has worked on epic episodes like Battle of the Bastards and Hardhome, said that most of the viewers watch episodes on smaller screens, thereby affecting the viewing experience. The intention of the lighting was supposed to show the war as intense, claustrophobic and disorienting.

Wagner asserts that the episode was not meant to be confusing and hence for the perfect viewing experience it should’ve be watched in darker rooms and bigger screens.

A lot of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to tune their TVs properly,” he said. “A lot of people also unfortunately watch it on small iPads, which in no way can do justice to a show like that anyway.

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Daniel
Daniel
2 years ago

Watched it on a 65″ OLED TV in pitch darkness. The scenes were pure black at times with no detail, so there is either a compression or a source issue.

Linda
Linda
2 years ago

The lack of light in the battle scenes completely ruined what would otherwise have been epic. I actually had to google to find out who died and who survived and that was after viewing it twice!

John E. Jones
John E. Jones
2 years ago

The dark, foggy effect, played havoc with my nerves, made me feel frustrated and added to my confusion. Just like it would be in battle. Job done! Brilliant!

L Valentine
L Valentine
2 years ago

No issues. Enjoyed the feeling the darkness gave but could still easily see what was going on. 10 year old 40 inch Samsung TV via Hulu over WiFi.

Amy
Amy
2 years ago

Watched on a large screen one year old tv and still had to get up and walk up to the screen multiple times to try and determine what was going on. As for turning up brightness, the lighting should have been adjusted for a normal tv viewing not us adjusting our sets. Loved the episode, but had to rewatch large portions to try and see who was fighting.

Dude
Dude
2 years ago

I’ve never been in any kind of an actual battle, but I imagine that if one is in battle, especially at night, it is difficult to see, difficult to distinguish friend from foe, difficult to see where the enemy fire (or friendly fire) is coming from or going to, and insanely tense. I felt like the darkness of the scenes accomplished that and really added to the tension, and was a positive aspect of this episode.

Addam
Addam
2 years ago

Hey asshole. Buy me a bigger TV and I will gladly watch it again.

Bert
Bert
2 years ago

Even on a 4K changing the settings several times(I had to watch it more than once as it was dark) and still is hard to see.

Lawrence Weber
Lawrence Weber
2 years ago

I don’t think that blaming the viewers helps any. Yes, night battles are claustrophobic and hard to see, I have been there in real life, but, isn’t it just worth the courtesy of giving fans a better experience? We pay for it when all is said and done. Please don’t blame someone else.

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House of The Dragon co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says the show has a different tone than Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is a hot topic over all the social media platforms, as periodic leaks cause waves of reactions and excitement amongst curious fans. The teaser trailer received a largely positive response from the audience, and fans are expecting a lot from the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. The series’ co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik has a small message for the viewers waiting impatiently for the show – it will be a having a very different tone than the original show.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sapochnik said, “I think we were very respectful of what the original show is. It wasn’t broken, so we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. House of the Dragon has its own tone that will evolve and emerge over the course of the show. But first, it’s very important to pay respects and homage to the original series, which was pretty groundbreaking.”

House of The Dragon Co-showrunner Miguel Sapochnik says the show has a different tone than Game of Thrones

We’re standing on the shoulders of that show and we’re only here because of that show. So the most important thing for us to do is to respect that show as much as possible and try and complement it rather than reinvent it. And I was involved in making the original show, so I feel like that’s been useful. Like, I’m not arriving going, ‘Let’s change everything! Let’s do a different color palette!’ No, I quite like the color palette.”

That said, we can’t say, ‘Well, when we did Thrones, we did it this way …’” he added. “If you start every sentence with that, you’ve lost. This is something else, and should be something else. It’s a different crew, different people, different tone. Hopefully, it will be seen as something else. But it will have to earn that — it won’t happen overnight.”

“Hopefully, fans will enjoy it for the thing that it is. We’ll be lucky if we ever come close to what the original show was, so we’re just putting our heads down and getting on with it and hoping what we come up with is worthy of having a Game of Thrones title.”

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hopes Game of Thrones’ success won’t get in the way of House of The Dragon

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The teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon broke the internet as soon as it was launched, and fans can’t get enough of it. The prequel series has caught a lot of attention recently, owing to the frequent leaks and of course the amazing teaser. Game of Thrones alum Nikolaj Coster-Waldau recently expressed his thoughts about the upcoming spinoff show.

Coster-Waldau told The Hollywood Reporter, “I saw the teaser trailer that they came out with and I was intrigued. I thought it was fun to see Matt Smith in that world, in that beautiful white wig. And listen, I’m curious as everyone [to see it].

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau hopes Game of Thrones’ success won’t get in the way of House of The Dragon

But it is a very different show. It’s its own show. I just hope it’s great. I hope the success of Game of Thrones won’t get in the way for people when they experience this new show. For us, it took a while for people to get into Game of Thrones. I remember the first season people were saying: “There are too many characters, I don’t know what’s going on!” I don’t think they have the luxury we had. They have to start with where we were in like season four or five, because that’s what they will be compared to. But I really hope that it’s a massive hit for them.”

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Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell explain how scoring for Video Games is different from shows like Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones had some of the best musical scores in television history, thanks to the dedication and hard work of talented artists who made it so enjoyable. Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell, who have composed tunes for shows like Game of Thrones in the past, have moved on to newer projects, and you can listen to their mind-soothing work in The New World video game.

In a recent interview with the Spin, the duo talked about the difference between scoring for a TV show and a video game.

Ramin Djawadi:The big challenge was that in the very beginning, we had no visuals. We had some artwork and some stills, but we had to come up with the sound while the game was being developed. It wasn’t like a movie or television show where you actually have some visuals to write against, so it was definitely a challenge to just start completely from scratch. But talking to the great audio team really helped us immensely with inspiration — just by them describing to us what they needed emotionally from the different areas.”

Ramin Djawadi and Brandon Campbell explain how scoring for Video Games is different from shows like Game of Thrones

Brandon Campbell: “I loved the concept art. I think it’s amazing just seeing some of the drawings and renderings the artists had done. But getting this thing off the ground without visuals was [the biggest challenge]. The biggest difference was also that there was just no point when we ended up with a complete video.”

“We might have a developer doing a walkthrough of certain parts of the game or certain areas, but it’s more for inspiration than something to actually score. You’re like, “I’m going to write a three-minute lighthearted adventure piece that takes place in this zone!” or “I’m going to write a scary tension piece that takes place at night in the forest!” but you don’t have to worry about finding the cuts or sync points in the actual video.”

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