The latest Making Game of Thrones post might bear a confusing title, and the photo is that of Stannis’ sword from S2 as well – but the description is one from season three, of another sequence involving a flaming sword. Readers will of course know what it is all about (mark your spoilers in the comments, please). The technical details are impressive, so much work to make this practical effect come alive on the screen:
The fight-sequence sword is a real sword that the workshop team milled with a number of channels, each one stuffed with a dura-blanket material. The flame retardant fiber is then soaked in IPA (isopropyl alcohol). This was then covered in another layer of material to make the blade look uniform and sword-like again. Because of the length of the sequence, the flame has to last (and burn strong) for at least 3 minutes, which was something of a challenge, as the fuel burned off so quickly.
The second sword had blood inside the blade and could be ignited. The sword itself split into two pieces, and the inside was filled with a series of small, sealed channels. Some were filled with gas, the rest with fake blood – that way, when the blade was drawn across any surface, skin or otherwise, hitting a button on the hilt of the blade would release blood through tiny holes down the side, making it appear as if blood was welling up from a cut.
Hear Me Roar: Definitely someting I am looking forward to see. It should make for a spectacular scene!