As the new Game of Thrones trailer hits our screens, announcing its return this July, everyone wants to know what their favourite three will be up to in this season. But we’re not talking, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen and Cersei Lannister, but the other big three: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion – the Dragons.
Since their appearance in the first series they’ve gained some serious popularity and so has shooting with live dragons.
So being the pioneering production company that we are, we decided to update our talent offering by hosting a dragon casting.
Dragon wranglers brought their best and most beautiful beasts from across the world to our studio to audition for a spot on our roster, so now, we’re pleased to announce we can give you the reptiles to fill your roles.
Shooting with dragons is a learning curve, and some lessons were harder learned than others… but if you’re thinking about shooting with a live, fire-breathing lizard, then there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised just how many things a dragon’s breath will burn. Depending upon its size, you could be looking at temperatures between 1000ºC and 2000ºC. To put that into context, steel melts at 1500ºC, so you’re going to need some specialist equipment.
It’s something that’s different for every dragon; they come in all shapes and sizes. But if you’ve got a dragon with a 30-foot wingspan, you’re going to need big doors. Luckily Studio 1 at Spectrecom studios has the perfect wide entrance.
Have you ever been so hungry you could eat a horse? That’s lunch for a dragon. Most wranglers are willing to provide food for their dragons for a nominal fee; otherwise, there’s normally a small village within flight range that can provide all of the nutrients a dragon will need.
And that’s the basics. Shooting with a live dragon is like shooting with any animal, it has its complications. But in our opinion, the quality of footage that you’ll get with real dragon is just something that can’t be matched by visual effects.
If you want to book a dragon for your next shoot then get in touch with Andy, our resident reptile expert, to see the roster and get a quote.
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Toby is one of our in-house creatives, writers, occasional directors and probably the happiest chap in the house!