WiCnet Awards Season Three: Best CGI Scene
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WiCnet Awards Season Three

Time to open up the next category for voting in the WiCnet Awards. This time it is best CGI scene of season 3. Take a look at the nominees below (with videos for each!), then vote for your favorite. Afterwards, take to the comments and campaign for your choice to take home the prize!


 

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90 Comments

  1. Omar Brown
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    So much top notch work, though shouldn’t the category be “Best CG effect”?

    I go for Drogon roasts Krazy Kraznys, the CG creatures in this show put most Hollywood films to shame.

  2. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    What about the warlock scorpion (manticore) from S3,ep1?

  3. DavyJones
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    cg on the show is awesome! But I think the gaints were practical makeup and prosthetics…

  4. shadowassassinbabby
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    the whole dracarys/valyrian is my mother tongue scene still makes me tear up and grin — but that’s more for the work of dany/emilia and david peterson than it is for the CGI.

    for pure CGI delightfulness, i still <3 drogon fishing the most.

  5. anuhealani
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Drogon fishing was beautiful and incredibly well done. One of those scenes that made me forget I was watching a TV show and not a feature film.

  6. Friend Of fire
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Had to go with drogon’s Krazneque

  7. arden
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Drogon fishing is great, but another one I like is when Dany is warning Yunkai, and throws the raw meat and the dragons go after it, that part was really great

  8. nyoninboh
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    A great injustice has been served! What about the scene from ‘the bear & the maiden fair’ where Daenerys hosts Grazdan mo Eraz with her dragons perched all around her? Though more subtle a scene than many of the nominated examples, there is some great interaction between the dragons and the actors, and for anyone who has lived with parrots / birds of prey, the nuances in body language and behaviour displayed is incredible.

    I’d venture this tops most of the other scenes suggested above. Dracarys was one scene that actually surprised in being just as good (better?) than the books, but if this award is for pure CGI accomplishments then it would be criminal to exclude this negotiating scene between Daenerys and Yunkai…

  9. Clob
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been waiting all week for the next category. Too long.

    Daenerys getting the Unsullied is one of the best scenes ever, and Drogon roasting the ‘pig’ had a share in it, but I don’t think I’ll burn my vote on that specific for cgi. (I’m going to assume that the scene as a whole will be in the ‘best dramatic scene’ category.)

    There really wasn’t anything on the level of the wildfire in s3. They’re doing well with the dragons and I look forward to seeing them big. I liked the giant… The wall climb was epic… I think I’ll go with the Walker though. Love the creepy coming out of the woods, shattering Sam’s sword and then being shattered to dust.

  10. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    nyoninboh: A great injustice has been served! What about the scene from ‘the bear & the maiden fair’ where Daenerys hosts Grazdan mo Eraz with her dragons perched all around her? Though more subtle a scene than many of the nominated examples, there is some great interaction between the dragons and the actors, and for anyone who has lived with parrots / birds of prey, the nuances in body language and behaviour displayed is incredible.I’d venture this tops most of the other scenes suggested above. Dracarys was one scene that actually surprised in being just as good (better?) than the books, but if this award is for pure CGI accomplishments then it would be criminal to exclude this negotiating scene between Daenerys and Yunkai…

    I agree with you and arden. We need a write-in candidate option!

  11. Red Jeyne
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I only voted so I could get to comments and say how impossible it was to choose just one. In the end I went with Drogon fishing just because it was only there to be spectacular. The rest also furthered the plot. Using special effects to actually tell stories is just some kind of weird magic D&D are capable of. I can only imagine what might happen if the film industry starts following their lead.

  12. TheBerylfly
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Agree with those who said it was a crime not to include the negotiation scene. I actually jerked back from my screen and then rewinded it a couple of times.
    Out of the options we have here, I’ll go wih Drogon fishing

  13. Richard
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Is a scene a scene by itself on its technical merit or does it include the dramatic point that is the scene in the overall flow?

    The giant for pure technical merit. Pretty much seamless background stuff of wonder.

    Dracryus for dramatic point. Up front, in your face and direct to the plot point.

  14. Nerd
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,

    Double agree. That was my fav CG scene by far.

  15. Jason
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    I think the scene where Dany greets the leader of Yunkai in her tent and she tosses a piece of meat for her dragons to fight over should be in the list, I would have voted for that one. But since it wasn’t, I’ll go wtih the roast of Kraznyz

  16. FrYo
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    It’s a tight one between the giant and drogon fishing for me.

    The giant shot was brilliant in its ‘Yeah. We’ve got giants now. Deal with it’ way of using CGI. Drogon fishing was an awesome way of showing off the CGI quality of the show.

  17. Jacob
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Drogon fishing for me! The dragons in season 3 were amazing, and really came alive in small scenes such as this one. “Dracarys” was incredibly powerful, but I think the CGI in that scene played a minor role compared to the acting and staging, the music and the reveal of the Valyrian language.

    Before seaon 3 aired I would have guessed the climbing of the Wall would win this category, a pity they went for a standard Hollywood action scene with no regard for physics or realism (if that’s even possible with a 700-foot-high wall… still, they could have tried harder)

  18. bon
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Drogon or Samwell, Drogon or Samwell, Drogon or Samwell… Of course Drogon, sorry Samwell…

  19. Josla
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    anuhealani,

    Agreed.
    I bet drogon frying Kratniz will win because it was a more exciting moment but that drogon flying scene flowed beautifuly and looked absolutely natural. For a moment you could believe that dragons are real

  20. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Even though Jon and Ygritte kissing at the top of the wall got a little cheesy, the whole thing looked great. I don’t care that much about the physics, it still looked cool. I liked when they did comparison shots between the north side of the wall and the south. It all worked for me, but I guess I’m in the minority there.

    Drogon fishing was cool too, I almost voted for that instead.

  21. Red Helm
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    Giant gives me chills every time I rewatch the scene, I go with giant.

  22. Boojam
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    “Dracarys” surprised me the most in SoS. (Yes over the RW, which I had guessed from the book narrative.) But have to say the show’s “Dracarys” trumped the book in the story surprise department by hiding the fact that Dany spoke Valyrian , which we book readers knew. But to do it the way D&D did was to punch it up a notch!
    I thought the scene could have been about 5 min. longer, but Alex Graves direction, the composition of the scene, the cinematography , the VFX , the music! , the final aerial shot…man they hit one out of the park! It was th best dramatic and visual sequence across three seasons for me. (O and again, not to forget Ramin Djawadi, I don’t know why the hell he was not nominated for an Emmy this year!)

  23. Loki
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    The battle on the fist of first men, of course. Such brilliance.

  24. Summer Is Coming
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Jon and the Wall! I loved Drogon frying Kraznys, but that long scene scaling the wall was awesome.

  25. New Wolf
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    Out of all these scenes, the one where Drogon roasts Kraznys is the best, but CGI-wise Sam killing the White Walker was the best one for me. Probably because we already saw the dragons in action, but we never saw the death of a White Walker which was done perfectly.

  26. Astonished
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    nyoninboh:
    A great injustice has been served! What about the scene from ‘the bear & the maiden fair’ where Daenerys hosts Grazdan mo Eraz with her dragons perched all around her? Though more subtle a scene than many of the nominated examples, there is some great interaction between the dragons and the actors, and for anyone who has lived with parrots / birds of prey, the nuances in body language and behaviour displayed is incredible.

    I’d venture this tops most of the other scenes suggested above. Dracarys was one scene that actually surprised in being just as good (better?) than the books, but if this award is for pure CGI accomplishments then it would be criminal to exclude this negotiating scene between Daenerys and Yunkai…

    The scene where Daenerys hosts Grazdan mo Eraz with her dragons perched all around her is the most memorable for me, by far… It was absolutely amazing… the rest are all good but not inspired. Thanks for bringing it up.

  27. Nymeria
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Jon and the wall looked like an outstanding CGI shot. Drogon roasting Kraznys looked like a great scene of a dragon roasting a man alive. (Bonus points for the effectiveness of Drogon calling for and trying to reach Dany after she “trades” him.)

  28. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Loki: The battle on the fist of first men, of course. Such brilliance.

    I wish. Maybe this next season we’ll get a good battle…or two?

  29. WompWomp
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    Pretty sure the giant and White Walker bits (barring the shattering) were mostly actors and practical effects. They’re also my favorite overall effects shots.

  30. loco73
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    This was a though one! I love all these scenes and the ones mentioned here by the other posters that where not included in the poll.

    I agonized between Sam The Slayer and Dany getting her Unsullied army/Drogon frying Kraznys.

    I always cheer for Sam and find The Others, sorry, the White Walkers, terrifying and plus the fact that it is a scene shot in the North, which I always like, plus the scene was well shot and paced, and it was soo eerie and played to great effect without feeling forced or cheesy.

    Having said all that, in the end I had to go with Dany, Kraznys and Drogon and the Unsullied. That is such a triumphant moment! I love Dany, one of my troika of favourite characters. Jon Snow and Tyrion being the others. It was so awesome to see Dany become soo assertive and regal, and in control. Plus the fact that she said “Dracarys” and Drogon fried Kraznys, gave a lot of satisfaction…after all the insults he hurled at her! That mischievous look on Missandei’s face was priceless!!!!

    And while I love the dragons, I thought that the shots with with the Unsullied in their formation, then killing the Yunkai, and at the end marching behind Dany with the dragons flying above was such an epic and iconic shot!

    This was a strong category indeed and any of them truly deserves to win. I just had fun watching all the scenes again.

  31. Jentario
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Dracarys was amazing, but the Wall climb beats it in shear CGI quality.

  32. eL
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Yes! Barbecued Kraznys

  33. ninabonita4
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Hands down the wall climb! I don’t know why so many people are picking Drogon fishing. It is very well done, don’t get me wrong, but it’s so short. You need more time to see how magnificent the CGI is in a show than just a few shots. The wall climb was longer, well-acted, and memorable (though it did check out of physics a few times)

  34. Gerson Montozzi
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Can’t I just pick the five scenes? No? Okk.

  35. Spidey-Dan
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    I was conflicted about this one for two reasons. First, I agree with others that the meeting with Grazdan mo Eraz when the dragons are just hanging around being threatening was my favorite dragon scene of the season. Second, I wasn’t sure if the Astapor scene was great because of the CGI or more just because the drama and acting in the scene was top notch.

    Watching it again, though, I was reminded of just how much CGI work there was in the scene. Not just Drogon, but the entire unsullied army, through to the end of the episode with that final shot of the armies marching out of Astapor with the Dragons flying above them…

    Yeah, that gets my vote, both as a scene and for the effects work.

  36. Family, Duty, Hodor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    It’s like having five children and being asked to pick your favorite.

  37. gswelcome
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Family, Duty, Hodor:
    It’s like having five children and being asked to pick your favorite.

    Given the whining responses here its more like you have dozens of children and not only can you only pick one but can only pick one out of five of them. So howls commence as apparently none of the five to be chosen are their favorites anyway.

    But seriously people, pick one of the five and stop complaining. Personally Drogon roasting the slaver is my favorite.

  38. Rygar
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m gonna go with Briennes ass. No way she has such a fine ass booty. Well done effects crew. ;)

  39. Maester Murks
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    I went with “Drogon fishing”. Am I the only one who thought the climbing of the wall looked ridiculous and not realistic at all? The way the ice cracked and “exploded” looked really cheesy to me…

  40. We do not Hodor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I echo what others have already said…. This was the best CGI in the whole season.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPwRjcvnLsQ

    (2:35 it begins)

  41. Cary Storm
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Kraznys. LOVED Dan Hillebrand.

  42. Eleanor
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t decide on best episode but this one’s clear – part of what made “The Climb” such a contender was the excellent climbing (and falling from) the Wall sequence!

  43. DavyJones
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Giants were done practically, should probably update the poll

    http://i.imgur.com/vSsqabo.jpg

  44. Ryan E
    Posted August 23, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    I loved the scene with Dany’s dragon and the slaver the best, but I voted for The Wall, cause I thought the CGI was even more impressive.

    That might be my favorite scene though.

  45. WildSeed
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I voted for Drogon roasts Krasnys scene, where Dan Hildebrand gives an ecstatic
    impression as slave lord, and Danerys has a ” Heisenberg ” moment just before
    Drogon teaches Krasnys a lesson.

    Closely followed by Samwell stabbing a White Walker with Obsidian dragon glass.The CGI was amazeballs to watch him shatter like tempered glass.

    I was a bit disappointed with the missed opportunity to showcase the Night Fort Door’s magic ability, but that could have come off just as cheesey as Jon and Ygritte’s sappy
    kiss at the end of their climb.

  46. John-Michael
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Hmm, gonna have to think about this one…. not an easy choice like the last category lol.

  47. sam
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Dany and drogon, best scene ever!!!!

  48. nyoninboh
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    gswelcome: Given the whining responses here its more like you have dozens of children and not only can you only pick one but can only pick one out of five of them. So howls commence as apparently none of the five to be chosen are their favorites anyway.

    But seriously people, pick one of the five and stop complaining. Personally Drogon roasting the slaver is my favorite.

    Go in peace, brother. No need to whine about whiners – though I do not believe such a trait is being demonstrated in this thread. The whole point of such posts is to promote friendly discussion & interaction. Leave the judging to the lord of light

  49. 3D Pete
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    DavyJones,

    The shots with prosthetics still had CG finishing of his look in post production, and were still filmed on a green screen and composited into the final shot digitally like the wall is.

    My vote would be for Drogon gone fishing. The fact that they were able to do such close up shots of him is a testament to the cg talent on the show. Most crews would shy away from doing extreme close ups of a cg character in a live action shot, but GoT went balls to the wall. The detail in the modeling/texturing was amazing. Not to mention that the animation for him was insanely detailed as well, with every scale/fin contracting. And you add on top of all that, the fact that he was soaked in cg water (Which makes everything 100 times harder when it comes to rendering the sequence)… Soo good.

  50. Monica
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    The wall is amazing! We forget it isn’t real…

  51. nomisum
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    drogon fishing for the many reasons already mentioned above

  52. Pau
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    nyoninboh:
    A great injustice has been served! What about the scene from ‘the bear & the maiden fair’ where Daenerys hosts Grazdan mo Eraz with her dragons perched all around her? Though more subtle a scene than many of the nominated examples, there is some great interaction between the dragons and the actors, and for anyone who has lived with parrots / birds of prey, the nuances in body language and behaviour displayed is incredible.

    I’d venture this tops most of the other scenes suggested above. Dracarys was one scene that actually surprised in being just as good (better?) than the books, but if this award is for pure CGI accomplishments then it would be criminal to exclude this negotiating scene between Daenerys and Yunkai…

    Agree, I wanted to vote for that scene too. I ended up voting for Sam the Slayer instead.

  53. GeekFurious
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Drogon killing Kraznys. Not just an excellent CGI shot but a superb shot overall. One of those defining shots that people who worked on will be proud of their entire career.

  54. arden
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    gswelcome,

    The whining responses? What article are you reading?

    You’re the only person complaining

  55. bertuzzipunch
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    this is a pretty hard one to choose but i gotta go with my boy sam the slayer!

  56. bertuzzipunch
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    you guys need to have a best nude scene! thatd be hilarious.

    you can
    1. Dany in the tub
    2. Ygritte and Jon cave scene
    3. brienne and Jamie tub scene

    its endless

  57. Athelstan
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Sam the Slayer got my vote. The CGI, especially where the White Walker shatters like glass, was just the right amount to add to the overall tension and eeriness. This follows the appearance of the ravens, followed by their sudden silence and then the walker gradually emerging from the darkened forest through the trees.

  58. Omar
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I might actually argue that the dragon scaring the people from Yunkai was the best cgi scene in terms of the quality of the cgi.

    Again, this poll will end up being biased because the execution of the dracarys scene as a whole was so moving and powerful, that even knowing how the scene would play out didn’t take away from the value and adrenaline you got from Dany’s valyrian speech. So in terms of scene as a whole that would probably win best scene of the season. But not sure the cgi of drogon burning kraznys was the best — they literally just lit him up with a flame thrower right?

  59. Rhys
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Definitely Kraznys getting roasted alive. Although I think climbing the wall was also spectacular visually.

  60. Ours is the Fury
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Omar,

    The nomination is for the entire scene. The title of “Dany burning Kraznys” is something of a misnomer, a shorthand reference that perhaps was a bad choice on our part. But there is a ton of CGI going on in that sequence in Astapor.

  61. Joshua Atreides
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    bertuzzipunch,

    My vote is for Mel and Gendry. The Jon/Ygritte one was swell but Carice has the cutest bum so she wins.

    As for best CGI it’s the Drogon fishing scene. Such an emotional high and its the show saying “yeah look a that budget fly!”

  62. SerHotStuff
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Hard to choose, the Drogon scenes and the Climb were spectacular but the Climb loses major points because I prefer to watch Drogon giving a cookery lesson dragon style over any scene with that irritating Jon/Ygritte love story in so the dragon won.

  63. Lex
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    The giant wasn’t CGI…

    Anyway, very tough call. I went with Drogon fishing, although the Wall climb and the Kraznys-BBQ were better scenes.

  64. tweedie
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Drogon fishing. It was not essential to the story unlike the other scenes and they didn’t need to do it but it was wonderful and genuinely thrilling as CGI done properly and in context should be. We don’t see the dragons much but when we do they’re an absolute joy to behold. Less is more.

  65. Kyrenna
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    I find it hard to pick this one, ’cause I feel I should exclude everything but how pretty the pictures look in how I judge this, and that’s kinda hard when you feel strongly about some scenes (Dracarys!), and are meh about others, storyline- n acting wise (giant, climb).

    Oh blah. The only scene that had me in awe for the people creating it after the episode was The Climb. So there, not hard at all :P (shows how used I’ve become to believeable dragons on screen, too).

  66. glenn
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Personally thought the climbing the wall and the killing of a white walker was very poor cgi for game of thrones standards. for me the vote goes to kraznys getting burnt as the build up to the cgi initially was very good and then the cgi was passable. maybe higher actor wages affected the quality of cgi this season. i dont know just my thoughts on the matter

  67. Al Swearengen
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Omar Brown,

    My man Omar is right!

  68. Echoes in a well
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Boojam:
    “Dracarys” surprised me the most in SoS.(Yes over the RW, which I had guessed from the book narrative.) But have to say the show’s “Dracarys” trumped the book in the story surprise department by hiding the fact that Dany spoke Valyrian , which we book readers knew. But to do it the way D&D did was to punch it up a notch!
    I thought the scene could have been about 5 min. longer, but Alex Graves direction, the composition of the scene, the cinematography , the VFX , the music! , the final aerial shot…man they hit one out of the park! It was th best dramatic and visual sequence across three seasons for me. (O and again, not to forget Ramin Djawadi, I don’t know why the hell he was not nominated for an Emmy this year!)

    Have to echo everything about this post. Just rewatched this episode again and man oh man what a great final 20 minutes. Craster’s Keep to the Hound and Dondarrion (excellent) to Drogon roast. Awesome.

    Anyway, I went with Drogon fishing because its also represents the hell ya Game of Thrones is back moment of season 3. …Is it March yet?

  69. Fernando Garcia
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard,
    Cuando los dragones se presentan ante el emisario de yunkay es cojonudo, pero lo del muro es impresionante.

  70. Fernando Garcia
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Cuando los dragones se presentan al emisario Yunkio es cojonudo, pero lo del muro es impresionante.

  71. Ashara D
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Love The Climb for emotional power of the images, but had to go with Dracarys for the reality and seamlessness of the many elements–the dragons, the soldiers, the live-action, the sky, the buildings all seemed real.

  72. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Fernando Garcia: Hodor’s Bastard,Cuando los dragones se presentan ante el emisario de yunkay es cojonudo, pero lo del muro es impresionante.

    So you voted for The Climb scene, I take it?

  73. Duty
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    What a question, 3×04 of course. Dany speaking valyrian, Kraznys burning and the Unsullied

  74. Roopert
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides:
    bertuzzipunch,

    My vote is for Mel and Gendry. The Jon/Ygritte one was swell but Carice has the cutest bum so she wins.

    LOL – at first read, I missed this was in response to best nude scene ideas. I’m thinking Mel’s backside is CGI’d?? Although in my defense, it was a long day at work today! Now if you told me Gendry’s abs were CGI, I might cry…. ;-)

  75. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    I went with the Climb. It wasn’t an easy choice.

    But the Climb requires so many additional elements that aren’t there to begin with – there’s no Wall there of that size, the snow isn’t there, the ropes have to look convincing when they’re taut, or when they’re loose. The ice chunks have to look convincing falling on Jon Snow’s head; so does the crack and subsequent breaking-off of the section of the wall as it takes down other climbers. The vistas at the top of the wall – both of which are beautiful and of course are also added in. The entire scene is created, basically, out of nothing but people standing on a fake wall that’s not all that big, and then they go from there.

    I love “Dracarys” and in a lot of ways it’s one of the best – if not the best – scene of the season. It would have worked as a season-ender, for that matter. And the dragons look great as usual and tehre’s a lot of awesome attention to detail – the way Kraznys lets go of the rope as he’s being burned by Drogon the most amazing part of it. But I think it falls just short of the Climb, which is amazing.

    Drogon fishing is a shorter version of Dracarys, and the Giant is nice, but it’s just not as involved as the climb. And the White Walker confrontation loses points because the shattering of Sam’s sword looked fake when I saw it.

    I appreciate those who suggested the reception of the emissary from Yunkai as a possible add-in; that one is a pretty good moment too.

  76. Loki
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Duty: . Dany speaking valyrian

    seriously

  77. jessie_snow
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    It’s probably because I still get a little catch in my throat during that scene and go ‘yes, yesss!!!’ when she puts Krasnys in his place and Missandei’s shock-face, and I can’t separate Dracarys CGI from the emotional impact. Had to vote Dracarys.

  78. Ours is the Fury
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Lex: The giant wasn’t CGI…

    The giant was a man in costume, but his placement into the scene was entirely in CGI. You can see how they did it in the Spin FX video.

  79. Winter grows strong
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    I actually had to decide between the giant and Sam. The giant I was about to go for but changed my mind as it was simply done and actually showed what the team, actors and everyone else could do, rather than be just showy with the dragons, amazing as they are. Yet Sam stood out as I know I was feeling on edge and not seeing the tech guys behind the wizardry but I was watching a really well acted and suspenseful scene. Which is why I went for Sam in the end due to that, dragons are great, brilliant in fact but we have seen them so often now that I am not as amazed by them any more. I am sure it will change when they are a lot bigger.

  80. Rygar
    Posted August 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    CGI, SmeGI. The scene with Sam and the white Walker creeped me the fuck out. The ravens croaking, then the silence, then the movement in the dark. My favorite of the scenes mentioned above.

  81. dragonreborn
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    as soon as I saw the post I yelled “dragons on the couch!!” but the scene is not included in the options. soo.. fishing scene.
    it has great particle simulation and character animation. (and it was in the first episode! still a shock)

  82. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    All five selected scenes have cgi of a high yet comparable standard (even if the Wall scene bothered me for slapping the laws of physics in the face), and instead of judging the technical merrit, I think we’re rather rating the scenes themselves. For that reason, I’m not voting on this category.

    Loki:
    The battle on the fist of first men, of course. Such brilliance.

    Lol, I’ll vote for that one in my mind then :-)

  83. GeekFurious
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I can’t vote for anything that slaps the laws of physics in the face.

    Like dragons flying. Or the effects of “dragon glass” on totally realistic “white walkers”.

  84. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious:
    I can’t vote for anything that slaps the laws of physics in the face. Like dragons flying. Or the effects of “dragon glass” on totally realistic “white walkers”.

    Well, maybe this doesn’t make sense to furious geeks, but what I like about ASOIAF, especially the first books, is that the story is not heavily dependent on fantasy elements. The climbing of the Wall was one of those iconic scenes where it’s just normal people against the elements, and I’d have liked it to remain that way in the show. “Ordinary” people like Jon and most Wildlings are necessary as a counterweight to the fantasy elements. Fantasy elements like dragons and White Walkers obviously have their own sets of rules of what is realistic and what not, but for any fantasy story it’s crucial to strike a good balance between “normal” and “magic” elements.

    Anyway, the cgi was very good in all scenes listed, so much so that I couldn’t see a reason to choose one over the other from a technical perspective. That’s all I was saying…

  85. Doloures Edd
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    No love for the wall climb? That scene just took my breath away!

  86. Jon Blackfyre
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    i took the wall scene. I loved it and it lasted for a whole show not just one little scene. plus the view from the top.

    However, I think the best scene is not even a choice. When Dani has the Yunkai embassader in her tent. The dragons flying in that small space was awesome. and the best part was when the dragon screamed and you could see the glands in his mouth give the dragons ability to breath fire. Never seen somehthing like that before

  87. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Jon Blackfyre: the best part was when the dragon screamed and you could see the glands in his mouth give the dragons ability to breath fire. Never seen somehthing like that before

    In the 2002 movie “Reign of Fire” dragons excreted two chemicals from separate glands that when mixed and in contact with air would ignite. Don’t remember though if this was shown back then…

  88. Zack
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    For some reason I can’t see the poll options or anything, it’s weird :(

  89. Zack
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Okay I disabled most of my browser extensions and that got it working. Cool. I voted for the giant just because A) It wasn’t something we’d seen before like dragons or the Wall and B) They made the giant look like he absolutely belonged in the scene. It was pretty seamless to my eyes.

    Not that I couldn’t say the same thing about most of the CGI, I guess, but the giant didn’t seem out of place at all, and I thought it was great! I loved that they didn’t make it excessively hugely giant. That was key to the believability.


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