Quick hits: Critters, cameras, costumes, and cast
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting, Speculation.

More small news items continue to pop up, so I’m gonna combine them all into one post again.

  • Birds and Animals, a company that provides “quality animal talent to the production of film, television and commercial programming,” has quite an impressive list of credits. Among them, Game of Thrones. The assumption here, of course, is that they provided the direwolf pups for the show.
  • Mediazoo Studios in Belfast appears to be the location used for camera tests for the pilot. If you look at this spec document, on page 5 you will see images from the Thrones camera tests. It doesn’t appear that they did any filming at this location so we can’t really call these set photos, despite there being sets present. In tests like these, they will build a small set to recreate the conditions on the actual set so they can adjust the camera settings. This saves time and money from having to do it on set or on location where you are paying cast and crew to stand around and wait.
  • Leonora Ferguson has listed on her website her job of Costume Breakdown Assistant on the Game of Thrones pilot. The description of her job responsibilities gives us an idea of how the costumes might look for the show and matches what little we’ve seen so far.
  • Some more digging by WiC readers led to locating more extras from the pilot. We have a boy, a few more Dothraki dancers, and Laura C. Knowles, who some are speculating may have been Jeyne Poole in the pilot. Whether she was or not, they would likely re-audition the role for the full season as other actors who played “named background” characters are having to do.
  • One last item of note, George R. R. Martin conducted a podcast interview with the folks from Dragon Page in which he talks all things ASoIaF including, of course, Game of Thrones. Interestingly, while listing the cast for the project he includes Tamzin Merchant. I’m not going to read too much into that as she has not been officially replaced so her exclusion would have seemed a sort of confirmation and I’m sure GRRM doesn’t want to get into any trouble.

[Thanks to raijap and her excellent Google skills for getting us the production info.]


  1. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Nicely summarized and comprehensive, too … well done.

  2. stevelabny
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    You can tell from the podcast that it was recorded previously. Someone might want to check with the podcast team to find out if original recording date pre-dates any cast replacement rumors.

  3. Stella Maris
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Birds and Animals also probably provided the ravens for the show.

    Also…didn't we see an ad a while back for the pups? How would that tie in with Birds and Animals? I have no clue how that would work.

  4. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps the Birds and Animals company also provided the ravens neccesary for the pilotM

  5. Lex
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I finally got to the Tudors episodes where Tamzin is introduced… and I have to say, she is much better in motion than in those first still pics that caused a negative reaction. She was pretty sexy (especially in some fantastic nude scenes), but still girlish enough to pull off a convincing Dany.

    I am open to her staying or leaving, but after actually seeing her on screen I am much more open to her staying.

  6. ogbebaba
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    Conan is still optimistic about geting the roll of Gregor clegane

  7. Liesie
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    wow conan really, really, really wants to get the roll

  8. Francesco Paonessa
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    Leonora Ferguson is going to have her hands full. Costume managing for this show should be… fun.

    I'm adding direwolf puppies to my wishlist.

  9. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    HBO confirms Dany is being recast to Mo Ryan. The interview with George is up on her blog: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertain

  10. Stella Maris
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Commence the rabble rabble rabble!

    I am sad Tamzin isn't Dany anymore, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing who is cast in her place!

  11. Hear Me Roar
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    And not the first time :) she's great.

  12. sjwenings
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    I'm glad it's pointed out that they're not just looking for a possible replacement, but that Tamzin indeed is out. Not that i'm glad she's out, i just prefer that we finally know for sure.

  13. Ray
    Posted April 29, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Woohoo, WIC gets mentioned in the article:
    "On sites such as Westeros, Winter is Coming and Tower of the Hand, there's a lot of speculation not only about the HBO series, but about how close he is to finishing that next book. "

  14. Tracy Semonik
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    and a one-eyed crow…

  15. TPFKA Thoros of Myr
    Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    ..and three dragons? Now that would be"quality animal talent "…

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