Game Of Thrones: Series Three Production Begins
Teaser image released from Northern Ireland location...
Production is beginning on the third series of Game Of Thrones in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.
HBO's website has published a teaser image (credited to photographer Helen Sloan) of a character from the hit show with his back to a camera in the woods.
The accompanying text on the HBO site reads: "This struggle has been choreographed and rehearsed for weeks, with each move carefully placed to match the terrain. The fighters wore pads and fell on crash mats, though for the close-ups later in the week, during the first night shoot of the season, the landing would not be quite so comfortable. It will be a character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved, so it has to be done well.
"More departments began to arrive for a full run-through. VFX was involved in creating the final moments of the scene, and special effects had a lot to do to make it all work. Armoury had designed a special weapon for this scene alone, and there was a nervous moment when it was first tested against the wood of a massive tree stump and the body of one of our brave stunt guys."
Meanwhile the fantasy book adaptation led the way at the creative arts Emmy Awards over the weekend - picking up six gongs in categories including best special visual effects and best costumes for a series.
Mackenzie Crook and Dame Diana Rigg have been signed up for the new series.