Game of Thrones - made on film or video?
October 24, 2012 2:24 AM   Subscribe

Hi, does anyone know whether 'Game of Thrones' is filmed on actual celluloid film or just on some digital videoformat? Thanks
posted by soymilk to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
IMDB says camera is Arri Alexa, so digital.
posted by Gyan at 2:34 AM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Very, very few (if any) CGI-heavy shows and films are shot on film, because the footage would have to get digitized anyway. Plus, shooting on digital is cheaper and more foolproof.
posted by griphus at 4:05 AM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

Not sure about TV but the situation isn't that extreme ("if any") for CGI heavy films. I just skimmed through the specs for a few of the major action films over the past few years and most list the usual bunch of Arri/Panavision film cameras, alongwith some digital cameras.
posted by Gyan at 4:36 AM on October 24, 2012

Yeah, TV has switched to digital faster than movies. Especially for the big VFX heavy blockbuster type movies, a lot of film is still being shot.

And what's causing it to transition away from film is not the need to digitize for CGI. I mean, even movies shot entirely on film are digitized entirely for DI despite having almost no CGI vfx.
posted by dogwalker at 4:52 AM on October 24, 2012

Looks like I got my facts wrong, OP.
posted by griphus at 4:54 AM on October 24, 2012

I work in film and TV (more TV) and haven't worked on anything that shot on film for the last two years. I tend to work on smaller features, and I imagine that people like Scorsese, the Coen Brothers, etc. probably still shoot on film regardless of the need for CGI. But more and more, you can probably assume that most of what you're seeing -- especially if it's TV -- is shot digitally.
posted by Sara C. at 6:38 AM on October 24, 2012

Here's an article from American Cinematographer about GOT.
posted by cazoo at 6:38 AM on October 24, 2012

If you listen to the commentary from the premiere episode, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss explain that the original pilot was shot on 35 mm. However, there were many reshoots involved, including parts that had been recast after the show got picked up, so Episode 1 has both Alexa and film footage that cuts together pretty seamlessly.
posted by therewolf at 3:52 PM on October 24, 2012

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