Creative Arts Emmy Awards Roundup

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The Creative Arts Emmy Awards were announced this past Sunday, with HBO topping the charts, and Game of Thrones taking home four of their own awards.  The Creative Arts Emmy Awards are dedicated largely to the essential technical disciplines as well as the behind-the-scenes crafts that go into making these wonderful TV shows.

The four Creative Arts Emmy awards Game of Thrones won are:

  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects

The Primetime Emmy awards will air Monday, August 24th at 8pm ET.  Check out our full list of Emmy nominations for Game of Thrones, so you know who to cheer for!

Preparations in Kaštela Under Way

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With the recent announcement of the new filming location for season 5 of Game of Thrones, preparations are well under way in Kaštel Gomilica.  As well, we have several photos released from kastela.org showing us some of the preparations that went on this Friday.

Along with the photos Kastela.org also confirms that the filming will be taking place in early September, but does not mention how long the filming will last.  As for unofficial information it appears that filming preparations will last for more than 20 days, and depending on the conditions the actual filming will last another 4 to 5 days.

It also seems that docking permits have been requested for several dozen ships for the filming around the Kastilac area.  This would add some credence to my earlier prediction referring to what Kaštel Gomilica will be used to depict in Game of Thrones. 

Below are some of the photos of the preparations going on in Kaštel Gomilica, from kastela.org:

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One last thing I want to touch on, according to Watchers on the Wall the show is recruiting extras in the Split region for Braavosi sailors, and mention that a few Lannister guards will be needed.  I think the part about the Braavosi sailors guarantees that Kastela will be representing Braavos in the show – if it is true that is.  Now you may be asking yourself “Lannister guards?”  Well for my opinion on this go below the break, but be warned my theory includes some spoilers from a Winds of Winter sample chapter.

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Kaštel Gomilica Added as new Location for Season 5

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It looks like Kaštel Gomilica has been added as the newest filming location for season 5 of Game of Thrones.  Thanks to Watchers on the Wall for catching the notice posted on split.com.hr detailing the preparations being made to prepare for the upcoming filming.

Now there is not much information yet as to what this new location will be used for.  In the notice it was mentioned that there would be a “controlled burning of fine material on the land and by the sea in Kastela bay opposite edifice, Kastilac.”

Kaštel_Gomilica_(Kaštilac),_2011-12-13Kastilac is a fortress within Kaštel Gomilica.  Due to the fact that Kastilac is only 40M away from the shore I have a feeling this will be used for scenes in Braavos.  That and going off of the way the town looks, with all of these gorgeous waterfronts, it just screams of Braavos.

So what do you think the new location of Kaštel Gomilica will be used for?  Let me know your thoughts below!

 

 

JJ Murphy Dies Days After Filming Starts

jj-murphy-768Veteran Northern Ireland actor JJ Murphy collapsed and died while filming his scene in the fifth season of Game of Thrones.  

According to the Belfast Telegraph Murphy had been cast to play the role of Ser Denys Mallister, a member of the Nights Watch.  Murphy passed just four days after filming his first scene for the season.

Since then, Dan and David have officially announced that:

We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.

My condolences to JJ Murphy’s family and friends.

 

HQ Pics From Portstewart Filming

Location filming in Portstweart has wrapped, but new pictures are still rolling out.  Thanks to Watchers on the Wall for catching these pictures, posted on Flickr by user Herringpond, we get our first set of high quality images showing some Dornish peasants as well as a Dornish patrol.

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As always Michelle Clapton, the costumer designer for Game of Thrones, has done an absolutely phenomenal job here.  It should be noted that the actors were on break when these images were taken, as we can see some of them eating and drinking.

Below the break will be some spoilers regarding the Dornish riders, and that little bit of blood on the uniform of the rider on the right.

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Gary Pillai Cast

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Another new actor joins the cast for season 5 of Game of Thrones.  According to a recent article from Watchers on the Wall, Gary Pillai will be taking on the role of the Merchant Captain.

According to the actors CV, Gary will be appearing in two episodes directed by Mark Mylod – and as we know Mark Mylod will be directing episodes 2 and 3 for season 5.  So what exactly will Pillai be doing in these episodes?  Well as of now it isn’t quite clear.  However according to Watchers on the Wall’s article it appears that Pillai will be interacting with the main cast.

Below the break you’ll find my theories as to what the Merchant Captain will be doing in season 5.  Spoilers through A Dance with Dragons.  

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Filming In Portstewart Underway

The filming of Game of Thrones season 5 is going strong in Portstewart.  Thanks to some fans around the filming location we get to see some of the scenes that are currently being filmed.  It would appear that the majority of what is being filmed, right now, is dealing with some Dornish riders, and some new, possible uninvited, guests to the Dornish lands – I’ll be talking about those two under the break in a spoiler area.

Here are a few photos of some Dornish riders that have leaked onto the internet:

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So for those of you who don’t want to know anymore about what is going on stop reading here, this includes you too book-readers.  The images below confirm a major change in the story line for some characters, so continue at your own risk.

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Flashbacks In Season 5?

If you’ve read the A Song of Ice and Fire series you may have noticed that HBO’s adaptation series, Game of Thrones, has left out every single flashback.  Because of this much of the back story for most of the characters is lost.  However with season 5 underway it looks like we might be getting our first few flashbacks.  It should be noted that these two possible flashback scenes are not confirmed, but based merely off rumors.

As you may have guessed the meat of this post falls into spoiler territory.  So if you haven’t read A Dance with Dragons don’t go below the break, but thanks for reading this far!

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