World-class make-up artist joins the game
By Hear Me Roar on in News.

An eventful day results in another confirmed addition to the GOT production. This time not an actor, but a crew member – Paul Engelen, make-up artist. And what a resume this one has! All this revealed in the following post by George R.R. Martin:

I thought you all might like to hear about one of the latest hires come aboard — world-class makeup artist PAUL ENGELEN has signed up to do the hair and makeup design for our series.

You may or may not have heard of Mr. Engelen before, but if you’ve seen a TV show or a film in the last couple of decades, you have certainly seen his work. His credits include Ridley Scott’s recent ROBIN HOOD, Narnia, CASINO ROYALE, V FOR VENDETTA, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, TROY, GLADIATOR, James Bond, Tarzan, A FISH CALLED WANDA, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS… oh, and something called STAR WARS too.

Oh, and he’s been nominated twice for the Academy Award for best makeup, and five times for a BAFTA. Won one of the latter, too.

Hear Me Roar: George and the production team are thrilled to have him on board, and so am I – not that I really knew his name, I admit, but his credits are nothing short of astonishing. Really, with each addition to the team HBO up it a notch when we think they already have reached the ceiling of tv series production quality. It also seems that GRRM will inform us of anything and everything concerning Game of Thrones unless he is specifically told not to. This bodes well for the fan community ever eager to get more news — we are getting what we wanted, the pace has started to pick up properly now that we are one month away from the first day of shooting.

UPDATE: Our ever-alert The_Rabbit found this short video where Engelen discusses his work on Quantum of Solace.


88 Comments

  1. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    As I said earlier I am looking forward for the make up of our ladies.
    And yes, it looks like that GRRM is full aware of the rabid fan base, and understands us completely.
    Thank you, George!

  2. paulgude
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Makes me think of how many firsts we still have left.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    First shots of the Others.
    First shots of the Hound in make-up/costume.

    So many great things.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    Hopefully this will make the folks worried about our various players' hair colors breathe a bit easier as well.

  3. Nymeria
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    nice! nice! nice!
    Welcome aboard Mr Engelen!

  4. Isaac Moyer
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of make-up, anyone want to guess how they'll do the Others?

    The could go with actors in costume (i.e. the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth), straight CGI (i.e. Jar Jar Binks), or some combo of the two (i.e. Avatar).

    I'd lean toward costumes, with only minimal CGI touch-up to give their movements an otherworldly quality.

  5. JRQ
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    indeed…….plus countless haridos/colorings, scars, wounds….this guy's resume is a dream come true.

    Can. not. wait

  6. Isaac Moyer
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    by "costume" I suppose I mean crazy make-up

  7. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    To get to know Paul Engelen a little bit better, I found this short video on YouTube.
    Interesting.

  8. Coltaine777
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Very good news….impressive resume…can’t wait for more news

  9. Coltaine777
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Isaac Moyer…I too am hoping for costumes enhanced with CGI….praying it’s not straight CGI

  10. paulgude
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I'm thinking along the same lines, basically actors in costume with possible CGI hints here and there, perhaps touches to armor or weapons, for instance.

  11. Marilyn Bones
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    it's hearting to know that HBO is using their money on quality and substance …… makes me use my imagination more when yes we see the Hound's makeup, the Others, the Wild Men, "SPOILEr" …. to see Catelyn after the Red Wedding …

  12. Caedes
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Lots of experience with medieval – ancient stuff. It seems we've got ourselves a winner!

  13. paulgude
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    That just doesn't seem to be HBO's style at all. CGI sets are a far cry from actual character animation, and characters never seem to fully integrate when put into a real-world environment. Of course, that may just be my prejudice against over-use of CGI talking.

  14. @murakamishort
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Never heard of him either. For a second I thought he was Dutch. His last name actually translates to "Angels" in Dutch. Great to have him on board.

  15. Brude
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    **SPOILERS**

    Didn't one of the reports by someone who supposedly saw the long trailer mention something about "cool looking zombies?" This might have been a reference to the Others, which suggests humans in makeup and/or some other effects added. Yes, it could have been walking Wildling corpses, we don't know.

    As a matter of cost I think doing up humans in a really cool way is probably the best way to go with the Others. Full-on CGI animated creatures always have to be soooo good, or else they are bad, and one can do a huge amount with good make-up, as Pan's Labyrinth or Hell Boy 2 I think show well (clearly del Toro knows how to get the most out of make-up effects).

  16. Nikoleo
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    very nice, this just keep getting better and better

  17. Dragonturtle
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I hope for straight make-up no .CGI.With a horror quality.Make up vs CGI American werewolf in London vs American werewolf in Paris.I think that says it all. Good good news for Game of Thrones

  18. humusTaster
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Interesting. so he is like a commander of a small makeup artists army.

  19. Tysnow
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Talk about a resume and a half, very impressive, HBO is definitely pulling out the manpurse for this series, with the talent behind and in front of. Congrats to Mr. Engelen and welcome to the world of Westeros, may your awards pile up even more over the coming years.

  20. Critical_Geek
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    Best bang for buck is to spend top dollar on behind the scenes people like this rather than big names for main roles. Once again feeling good about the project.

  21. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    SPOILERS
    Forgetting about the Others, I can't wait to see what he does for older characters like Aemon, Walder Frey and the Queen of Thorns.

    Also in addition to Sandor there are other grotesqueries (new word?) and more subtle requirements for makeup that should present a great opportunity for Englen to go fishing for Emmys. Tyrion post Blackwater, Rorge (and Biter for that matter), Daario and other Tyroshi changing Sansa from a Lord's Daughter to a servant girl, ect. This really is a dream job for a makeup artist imo. There is a huge variety of looks that will need to be handled most of which won't be the in your face prosthetics of alot of sci-fi and fantasy that we have gotten in the past. From the Ironborn to the Meereenese, from the three types of Dornishmen to the Wildlings beyong the wall there is an enourmaous body of work for a makeup artist here.

  22. Lex
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    This guy sounds great. Star Wars!

  23. loco73
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    You had me at "Kingdom Of Heaven"….LOL

  24. loco73
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    then when I saw the rest…"Star Wars, "Gladiator", "A Fish Called Wanda", holly s*it?!?!? I think I just wet myself…

  25. Syleon
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    I guess AGoT should be added to his IMDb page.

  26. @LivveHult
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    This is awesome news!! Star Wars!!! Yey! I am so excited and can't wait to see this show!!!!

  27. AnomanderRake
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    am i the only one thinking all those recent news make it almost too good to be true?
    great cast and behind the scenes crew- check. awesome locations and ambitious setup plans- check. and a lot more things i probably forgot.
    what more could we ask?
    i am starting to get a mountain-high expectations of the show, and as any good old fashion pessimist/skeptic, i am getting a little nervous because of that :P

  28. go_falcons
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Well, if the "someone" who supposedly saw the long trailer knew what he was talking about "cool looking zombies" would be the wights, not the Others. I think the Others appear so little on screen that there may be enough budget to do outstanding CGI on them. I worry that if they try to do them with make-up and CGI the blue eyes in they're going to end up looking too much like David Lynch's Fremen or Geoff Peterson.

  29. oddmott
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    If you took the same kind of interest in past HBO projects… you wouldn't be worried. They typically follow the same formula for all their best shows.

    Have no fear… this series will be phenomenal, as long as the actors can live up to the great work of everyone from GRRM to the caterers.

    My only worry is that HBO won't be able to market such a (perceived as) niche product to the wider demographics of their viewership

  30. paulgude
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    The exact quote was:

    "Very cool last clip of the blue eyed zombies approaching the guys in the first scene of the book."
    http://winter-is-coming.net/2010/06/hbo-shows-thr

    As you've already hinted at, Winter wasn't sure the first and second posts about the trailer even came from the same person, as they were both anonymous. So, you have to wonder if it's an extremely detailed recollection or something constructed for our benefit out of known information.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    I think the reason people assume these are the Others and not the wights is because there's a scene in the leaked pilot script that ends with blue-eyed Others (called by name) advancing on Will and Royce.

    Of course, from the trailer we've seen that there may already be some fundamental changes to that scene, if the visual of Gared is to be believed.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
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    It's really difficult to come up with CGI that meshes with the real world when it comes to animating humanoid characters. Even "Avatar," with its huge budget and the tricks of making the animated characters bigger than humans and an unfamiliar skin color didn't keep the cartoon/puppet-like feel from seeping through for me.

    The "Prawns" from District 9 workede, but I think that was because they were so alien, there wasn't anything to really register as "off" for me.

    The only other humanoid character can think of that really worked for me was Davy Jones:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:FromRealToReal….

    I think it would be fine if they use a CGI overlay on actual actors and have the budget for it, but I honestly believe they could rely on makeup and do just fine. The world has changed a lot since Dune.

  31. sjwenings
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    SPOILERS!!!

    I think they can make it work. All they really need to do is to lure people in to seeing the first episode. If Brans fall in the end of the episode does not hook, them, then theres a good chance they never would be anyway.

    And to "lure" them in, they need to only show bits of the human drama in the show. If they stay away from mentioning stuff like "ancient evil lurking in the north" or especially Dragon eggs (!) and maybe not show too much sword fighting, then the average HBO viewer should be intrigued. Add to that an impressive list of rather well known actors, and you got a winner!

  32. Nemo
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    *spoilers*

    I hate to sound like a killjoy here, but luring people to watch the first episode is not enough. Bran's fall is a great cliffhanger, but people see cliffhangers all the time. I fear that the greatest challenge for HBO is not to try too much, not to slip into a standardized formula of human drama, sex, political intrigue, fighting, and a cliffhanger in the end. They need to get the story and the characters to breath. It's not impossible by any means, but it's not a certainty either.

  33. sjwenings
    Posted June 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Well, i was just talking about the trailers. Also the only thing i did not want (in the trailers), was the most fantasyish stuff that i mentioned.

    And Brans fall is sort of known as the turning point for many readers that don't get into the book at first. I remember i considered just putting the book back in the shelf for good before i got to that part. It hooked me in, and that was that. The best darn cliffhanger ever. I think it will make people want to watch more than just one more episode to see what happens to him – because it just says a lot about the series as a whole. It's like "wow! Did they really just do that?"

  34. paulgude
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

    I'd be cool if we never actually get a look at the Others until the first episode airs. On the one hand, I understand that some folks might get turned off by the "fantasy" elements, but I think the opposite is something to think about as well. I've spoken before about how if they'd leave the Others out of episode one, people might start feeling duped once they show up later. Conversely, if people tune in *expecting* to see a zombie-and-swords show and instead are treated to a lot of wickedly devious court intrigue they might feel just as duped.

    I think the right balance has already been struck by the teaser. We know *something* spooky is going on, but never really see what. In episode one, the thing with the Others will say, "Okay, this kind of stuff happens in this world." Then, the rest of the events culminating in the fall says, "Even though that earlier weird stuff you saw earlier happens in this world, the people have other problems to worry about."

    Then, the dream sequences already in the book will be enough to stretch out the fantasy/horror vibe so that when the REALLY hardcore fantasy/horror stuff starts happening they'll get the correct, "See? We told you!" message.

    It's important, because often injecting that kind of stuff later in a television show that's mainly serious, there's a jump-the-shark vibe that gets triggered in the reptilian part of the TV brain. We need to get all the way to the finale of season one so that when we see the image that GRRM wrote so masterfully at the end of the book we say, "WTF!?! I have to wait until next season now?" not, "WTF?!? What have I been watching this for?"

    I think they'll get this right.

    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*
    *SPOILERS*

  35. Jaqen_Hghar
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    If they use CGI for the Others, it would be sweet if they were able to use this new technology:
    http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/215667/the-mo

    This looks like it could once and for all eliminate the "woodenness" we still see in even some of the best CGI.

    Also, on a side note, it looks like Peter Jackson will be directing "The Hobbit" movies after all:
    http://www.deadline.com/2010/06/urgent-peter-jack

  36. Lex
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    The Peter Jackson thing is still unconfirmed, but it's looking good!

  37. Mogons
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    It's not looking good at all. MGM is likely going to end up in bankruptcy courts if they don't find a way out of their debts before their debt waivers ends next month. That puts all of their assets in doubt. They are heavily in debt and one of the assets which could end up in court is the 50% stake they have in the Hobbit production. That means the movies could be delayed indefinitely, if things get nasty in the bankruptcy proceedings. If the stake in the movies ends up being sold off to another company, the negotiations might well have to start all over. And if that company ends up being Summit Entertainment, who subjected us to Twilight and who are leading contenders to run MGM along with Spyglass Entertainment, then the movies could very well end up turned into cheesy romance novel soft porn, in spite of any involvement by Jackson.

  38. Nemo
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I would imagine many are going to watch the first episode if the show is advertised and hyped enough. Just to satisfy their curiosity. As for marketing, I’m not sure are the fantasy elements more off-putting or alluring these days. LotR, Harry Potters, Twilight and True Blood have been very popular. Besides, HBO, and also Sean Bean, are great names so people might tune in for their sake even though they’d feel a little suspicious.

    But the thing is to keep them watching. Maybe you’re right about Bran’s fall being a turning point for many. I personally don’t usually have clear moments when I’d decide whether I’d continue or stop – if the book, movie, tv-series is good, it usually is that from the beginning. If it isn’t, I might read or watch it a little longer, to see if it gets any better, but if it doesn’t, I’ll stop. Very rarely do I watch a tv-series more than three episodes if it seems not to be my cup of tea. Why bother when there are other shows or other things to do that are enjoyable from the beginning? So, with GoT, if I were a tv-viewer who hasn’t read the books beforehand, I’d probably watch the next episode to find out what happened to Bran (it is a very good cliffhanger), but if the show didn’t work for me otherwise, I could easily stop after that or the next episode. I might try the books instead.

    To give a better perspective, perhaps I could mention that I stopped watching both True Blood and The Tudors after three or four episodes. The Tudors felt too calculated mix of The Things You Must Have In Order To Make A Success Of This Show, even though it looked good in paper, so to speak. And True Blood, well, I propably weren’t among its target audience in the first place (I’m not that enthusiastic over vampire/human romances), but I decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, it didn't work for me, although I did find some things I liked (e.g. the visual look was very well done). But since I didn’t manage to get myself to care enough about the characters, the cliffhangers were kinda wasted on me. And to give a somewhat different example, I have liked BBC’s Merlin. It really is a silly show, but it has likeable characters, certain ‘roughness’ (it isn’t overly polished) and genuineness that I find appealing.

  39. Nemo
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Not a big surprise, I must say. He has been involved from the beginning and it'd probably be difficult for some outsider director just to jump in at this point.

  40. Mary
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    Very nice. Looking at Engelen's long and impressive resume, I think we are going to be pleased with the way characters like Hound are going to appear on the show.
    After some googling I came up with a couple of stunning works by the man of the hour, such as De Niro on "Frankenstein" and Kidman on "The Hours": http://westeros.ru/?p=3899

  41. sjwenings
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    I guess mostly i just have really big faith in the story and characters, which i believe is going to be portrayed quite faithfully, so if people give it a fair chance (3-4 episodes or so) it should be a success. I know it's more to it than that, but thats my main point, if you will.

  42. Nemo
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Heh, I’m not going to disagree about the quality of the story or the characters. I absolutely love those in the books. It’s just that I’m curious (or dubious, if you will) how HBO manages to portray the characters. A great part of their charm is that we can get inside their heads through their POVs, see very clearly and in a detailed way what they think and feel. I also like the balance GRRM has for his characters in the books, not sure how the possible changes are going to work (like enlargening Jaime’s part and diminishing the children’s).

    And I also wanted to give AnomanderRake a good old-fashioned sceptic/pessimistic dose, I got the impression it was missed :P

  43. c0venant
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    My only worry recently when it comes to GoT making it or not is to keeping the humor intact.
    If the show is too dark or heavy many non-fans will probarly be turned off.
    We will need the laughs.

    Come to think of it it is essential in many shows. Jason Stackhouse and Lafayette makes True Blood watchable. Titus Pullo's quips gave Rome the perfect balance.
    Dexter has its undertone on comedy.
    Almost every show has its character/-s who delivers these oneliners

    Peter Dinklage as Tyrion carry a very heavy burden in this. He always made me laugh in the books. Lets hope he does the same in the show.

  44. Nemo
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Yes, I agree that the humour and wit is needed. But I don’t really feel too concerned about it, we’ll have our share of one-liners, I’m sure. I worry more about getting enough of “idle hours”. If the series is too fast-paced and the events just roll forward one after another, it can get too exhausting.

  45. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    One of the reasons I have been campiahning for Rowan Atkinson as Varys (if the don't go with my fave pic D. Bamber). Dotrice might also add a little mirth into Pycelle. Whomever they cast for the various roles, I agree that we will need to inject a little humor into the story. There is definately humor in the books, but its usually little sprinkles (though extremely hilarious) of funny cast throughought deserts (or deserts I guess to go with the sprinkle analogy) of despair. The pacing obviously works great for the books, but the show might need to be just a tad more witty here and there.

  46. paulgude
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I think that's a good point. Pycelle has some of the problems for actors that Polonius in Hamlet does, in my opinion. There's an obvious, easy, pre-packaged way to play him that would be perfectly serviceable. With Dotrice in there, however, I'm sure we'll get some unexpected moments.

  47. Lex
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I think Mark Addy as Robert will provide some humor for the first season. It may be part of why they chose him.

  48. TPFKA Thoros of Myr
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    ..and GRRM has a new post on the editing of a ADWD, moved 2 chapters form it to winter, which now has 4 chapters http://grrm.livejournal.com/159060.html

  49. Lex
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting post. It sheds more light on how GRRM works, in regards to structure and timeline. It also sounds like good news to me. Very good news, actually. It means DANCE is closer to completion, and he has trimmed some POVs that probably didn't belong in the book anyway.

    PS I think it's hilarious that he misspells his own book, "STORMS OF SWORDS". LOL!

  50. humusTaster
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Read the first two lines and that's it, no spoilers for me, no thank you.

  51. humusTaster
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    The writers have plenty of material to work with, Tyrion and his whores and clansmen, Arya and her mischiefs, Jon and the boys in Castle black, and that's only what I can think of, I bet they can come up with allot more.

  52. Phoenix_torn
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    I just yelled "Book Update!" at work. Probably shouldn't do that…

  53. The Dude
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Well I suppose its good to know Arya and Sansa wont get killed anytime soon. They are alive well into Winter anyways.

    Tho shocked he has only done four chapters of Winter. I'd thought after all these years he would surprise us with almost being finished with Winter at the same time he'd be done with Dance. But seems he really has used like five years on the one book, and still not finished…

  54. Coltaine777
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    It sounds like he’s inches away from completion….but I’ve felt that before…oh well we’ve waited this long, a few more weeks and he will be done…

  55. Ashli
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    LOL, awesome joke to brighten up a somewhat slow afternoon. Thanks!

  56. Ashli
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    I read it as four chapters in WINDS are "completed", with plenty of others unfinished and in need of revision.

    WIshful thinking, I know I know I know

  57. Ashli
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Ever seen "Death at a Funeral"? (the original, not the remake)

    Peter Dinklage has some masterful deadpan black humor in that.

  58. JackSparrow
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    GRRM has commented before that he doesn't work on anything that he doesn't think will be in the next book; the only chapters he has started or completed are chapters that at one time he thought would be in 'Dance'.

  59. JackSparrow
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    GRRM didn't say anything about being almost done, just that the book would be shorter since these chapters were moved. George still has never written that he has solved the Mereneese Knot, so that's probably still holding thing up.

  60. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    SIDE NOTE:
    Doing my part to make the series get picked up for another season or two. I bought the book for my mother-in-law. After a little trepidation she tells me that she is at the feast scene and starting to get into it. Can't wait to hear her thoughts about the infamous Bran chapter!

  61. Rimshot
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    Hi Guys. I mentioned previously that I was going to have a go at some travel videos. I like some of the videos on YouTube where a camera is attached to a vehicle so I fancied trying it myself. Also, as I mentioned, I thought you guys might be interested in seeing what Belfast and Northern Ireland looks like. Anyway, on YouTube I go by the name 'DocFourFour'. Here are links to the first two videos…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLeQembcHsk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcm217kdbIk

    I think you will enjoy both but if you don't have time for both, you will probably find the second one more interesting as I drive past a certain big hall!

    I'll let you know when I get more up.

  62. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Nice Rimmy! Very good quality on that thing. One question. What's up with the zigzag lines in the middle of the road? Scary! ;p

  63. Coltaine777
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Lol …I’m thinking optimistically

  64. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Watching the second one I was reminded of Star Tours at Disneyland for some reason when you were following behind the Genie lifting machine. I thought you were going to hit it ;P Then I saw the big truck coming right at you and was afraid you were going the wrong way on a one-way street till I remembered you were in Belfast and actually on the correct side of the road! Nice to know how Paint Hall got its name. I suppose it is rather obvious if you think about it, but my brain didn't make the connection. Also, nice music change as you approach Paint Hall and then again as you drive by and come across the jogger hehe, It was probably a coincidence but it worked! P.S. I vote for the music on the second clip to follow the King's Party down on the road to King's Landing.

  65. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Um You must be new to GRRM's creative process /tease

  66. Coltaine777
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanyou Rimshot..it’s cool seeing your city…look forward to more vids

  67. Fire And Blood
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    The Engelen announcement is interesting. I assume this means Jeremy Woodhead has been ousted as the make-up and hair designer. It's not likely that Woodhead would simply take a lesser role. Engelen is of course known for his work on GLADIATOR, STAR WARS, and the NARNIA series, and Woodhead made his name in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. I'm not sure I can say which is better (they're both damned good) but it makes me wonder if the powers-that-be were unhappy with what Woodhead produced in the pilot. Also interesting is the fact that Woodhead (key makeup designer) and Engelen (key hair designer) worked together on V FOR VENDETTA.

    It also makes me wonder if that means everything will need to be re-shot. If Engelen has a completely different take on what the hairstyles should be, and he's in control of hair and makeup from this point on, I wonder to what extent they'd go in order to see his vision through. Or does he simply build on what Woodhead started?

  68. Lord Ned's Head
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Pretty confident it will be the latter. There should still be pleanty of opportunity for Engelen to make his mark. Ep 1 is pretty drab by nature of its locations. Even Cersei might dress down to a feast in Winterfell. Once we get to King's Landing (and later Braavos, Dorne, Quarth, ect) Engelen will get the chance to flex his muscles a bit more.

  69. sjwenings
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Yeah, heres hoping they won't have to reshoot the entire thing. Both for the added time and for McCarthys influence on the show. Even if he is supposed to work with this new director and the original pilot is still there as something to imitate, it seems preferable that McCarthy has been totally hands on for at least a big part of it.

  70. Lex
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    You actually believed that he was secretly writing WINDS? That's got to be one of the dumbest theories I've ever heard, no offense.

  71. Lex
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I think we're almost guaranteed a second season.

    Treme got renewed after the first episode, and they just announced a 4th season of True Blood after only a couple episodes as well. I'm starting to think that they've put so much time and money into preparing for season 1 of Thrones that it doesn't make sense to only do one season.

  72. Mike
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    Out of curiosity, Lex, what significance did you intend or hope the words "no offense" at the end of your comment would have?

  73. syleon
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Not that I'm against what you said there Lex, but it was in offense.

  74. humusTaster
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    I agree, this show is to expensive and have to much bazz and followers(thanks to @Winter and the gang) to be canceled after just one season without a realy good reason, it have to realy suck to be canceled, in which case I won't be sorry if it would.

  75. Rimshot
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    @ Lord Ned’s Head

    Glad you liked it! Not sure about the ‘zigzag’ lines. I’ll have to watch it again. Pedestrian crossings here have zigzag lines before and after them which indicate that parking is not allowed so maybe that was it?

    The music was a coincidence but I was pleased at how it gets a bit atmospheric when the Paint Hall looms into view!

    @Coltaine7777

    Thanks, Belfast is quite a cool place and Northern Ireland is beautiful. I’ll hopefully get more vids up soon.

    BTW – I saw my first ‘Castle Black’ traffic this morning on the way to work. A G&H truck (this is the company that provides all the transport and location housing requirements to the film industry here) drove past me on the road to Magheramorne. It was a low loader with something very large on the back covered in a black tarpaulin! Very exciting! If I see any more I’ll let you know.

  76. Winter Is Coming
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Nice. Thanks for the info. Wonder what was under that tarp? Maybe part of the winch elevator!

    BTW how do you pronounce Magheramorne? Is it just like it is spelled? Mag-hair-ah-morn?

  77. Hear Me Roar
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Cool beans!

  78. Ashli
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    It's been my experience that people are iffy for the first 100 pages, but at the end of the second Bran chapter, they're HOOKED.

  79. Rimshot
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    That's close enough!

    It's more like Mac-er-a-morn but the 'gh' has a gutteral sound.

    Another Castle Black traffic report!

    I was driving home this afternoon hoping to spot something but I didn't see anything on the road. I was just pulling into our lane (we live up a wee lane) when another G&H low loader drove right past me on the way to the build. This one was loaded with timber. So Castle Black is now going past my house!! I

  80. Lex
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Apologies to all. DANCE is a heated topic, I got carried away. :)

  81. pualo
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Those zigzag lines scared the crap out of me when I was in England.

  82. Lex
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I think the zigzag lines look crazy too. Why can't they just have unobtrusive no-parking signs on the sidewalk like we do?

  83. Rimshot
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Just goes to show you that when you put a video on YouTube, you can never tell what the discussion point will be! The zigzag lines are so common here that they barely register. We just know at a sub-conscious level not to park on them.

  84. Nymeria
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the activity reports and the videos Rimshot!
    Now snap a picture of a G&H truck… :)

  85. The_Rabbit01
    Posted June 28, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Finally, got some time to watch it.
    It was a nice tour before going to get some sleep.
    Interesting enough, I got the same experiance with that truck "on the wrong side" of the road as Lord Neds head!

  86. pualo
    Posted June 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    At first I thought they meant I was supposed to zigzag my car through the intersection.

  87. TPFKA Thoros of Myr
    Posted July 2, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    " this series will be phenomenal, as long as the actors can live up to the great work of everyone from GRRM to the caterers."
    Ok, so who are the caterers?
    We have been remiss in our search for morsels of information…
    In this lagoona of calm in the absence of casting news, can the pack of WiC posters ferret out who it is, and that is not Hotpie Cartering Inc.?

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