Dragons are taking over the world.
Well, that’s how it seems to me. With Game of Thrones dominating the TV schedules, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug just out on Blu-ray, it’s a wonder we haven’t all been burned to a crisp.
All these dragons set me off asking a whole bunch of questions. For example, both GoT and The Hobbit are adapted from best-selling novels, so just how close have the visual effects artists come to accurately portraying the dragons as they were originally written?
Another thing I’m dying to know is this: if you pitted the various dragons against each other, which one would win?
To help me find the answers, I’ve drafted in Joe Bauer (visual effects supervisor on HBO’s Game of Thrones), Jane Johnson (George RR Martin’s UK publisher, former Tolkien publisher and – writing as Jude FIsher – author of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Visual Companions), Elio M. García (one half of the team behind the George RR Martin fansite Westeros.org), Kirsten Cairns (from the Tolkien fansite TheOneRing.net), Jody Duncan (Cinefex editor in chief and author of the Songs of Ice and Fire article on the VFX of Game of Thrones) and Joe Fordham (Cinefex associate editor and author of the Pete’s Dragon article on the VFX of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
Want to hear what these experts have to say about the dragons of Game of Thrones and The Hobbit? Want to find out which winged wyrm wins in the great dragon smackdown? Then head over to the Cinefex blog and read the complete article now …