In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Miguel Sapochnik has talked about the making of last Sunday’s episode of the hit series Game of Thrones. The article contains spoilers.
The discussion centres around a big battle scene for which the director prepared by watching “every pitch field battle I could find (footage of real ones too), looking for patterns — for what works, what doesn’t, what takes you out of the moment, what keeps you locked in.” In the end, “the big reference was Akira Kurosawa’s RAN.”
And so Kurosawa continues to influence popular culture.
HBO has also prepared a ten minute mini-documentary about the episode that you can watch below:
In the interview, Sapochnik also makes a good point about the freedom of CGI often potentially lessening the impact that a scene like this can have. HBO apparently did its best to make things real, as the scene was shot with 500 extras.
Anyone here following the series?