Because giants aren’t real and hurting actual horses is bad, the production team behind Game of Thrones had some challenges to overcome when drawing up and filming the show’s epic Battle of the Bastards.

Their solution, as you’ll see in the video below, was to let Australian VFX studio Iloura fake it by blending close-ups, actual crowd shots (which were then copy+pasted) and a ton of CGI. I mean, yes, you probably figured that’s how it was done, but it’s something else actually seeing it broken down like this. Really gives you an appreciation for not just the craft in what was created from scratch, but the way VFX teams are getting smarter at the way they knit real footage and computer-generated stuff together to make the whole thing look more impressive.


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