Game of Thrones dragonmaster reveals the secrets of Daenerys' babies

CNET | 3/10/2019 | Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
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As the final season of HBO hit Game of Thrones approaches, there are near-daily rumors about what will happen to characters like Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and Arya Stark. But humans aren't the only ones who'll have to fight their way to the end.

Daenarys Targaryen's dragons -- Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion, who's now a terrifying ice dragon -- will have a major stake in what happens, too.

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Few people know the dragons better than Sven Martin, a visual-effects supervisor in Frankfurt, Germany, who worked to animate the dragons for international effects company Pixomondo.

Martin's resume includes work on Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games, and his work on Game of Thrones has won him two Emmys.

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Stare hard enough at the back of Sven Martin's computer and maybe you can see through to the secret Game of Thrones scenes on the other side.

He doesn't do it alone. The dragon team consists of 30 to 40 artists, he said. Add those who worked on castles, wights, ships and other elements, and as many as 300 artists were involved. Renowned creature designer Dan Katcher designed the dragons.

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Martin had the right training for working with dragons.

"Fun fact is that my graduation film in film school was a short about a father dragon showing his son how to fight off dragons," Martin told me. "For the short, I had done plenty of research about all type of mythological dragons and was therefore well-prepared."

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The dragons look real on screen, but they're all computer-generated.

"No puppets or animatronics were ever used on Game of Thrones," Martin said.

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But sometimes, a physical part of the dragon needs to be built, especially when actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, has to be seen riding on the creatures.

Clarke needs a 3D "dragon" to interact with, so movable platforms or...
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