Braavos – Sport of Thrones
We determined to make a journey to Croatia, and began by flying into Break up. The primary trade in Break up is tourism, and it has been boosted as a result of it was one of many places the place they filmed quite a few Sport of Thrones episodes.
Significantly, your entire metropolis of Braavos was truly a small fortress (which is admittedly extra like an condo advanced) positioned simply half-hour north of Break up within the city of Sibenik. As you possibly can see within the above image, Oana is standing in the identical place a younger ladies is strolling down some stairs whereas Arya is within the foreground (not in focus).
As you possibly can see, the door within the background is identical one as the opposite Braavos image above. Apparently as a result of it took just a few days to get every location arrange, they needed to movie as a lot as potential at every location. It was quite common to shoot many scenes on the similar location, however from completely different angles, to maximise using every area. As we toured this Sport of Thrones filming location, our information, Tonci, walked up via just a few episodes and the place all of the completely different scenes have been filmed.
Meereen – Sport of Thrones
Meereen is usually filmed at a wreck outdoors of Break up known as Klis Fortress. This Fortress had been used for over a millennium, and even till WWII. It was in a strategic location simply above the city of Break up, and will defend the city from invaders from inland Jap Europe. One fascinating factor we came upon was that every one the extras have been simply Croatians who have been paid (not that a lot) to put on costumes and seem within the scenes. Additionally, though there seems to be just a few hundred individuals on this scene, they solely used just a few dozen. What they’d do is shoot them in a single location, then transfer them to a different location, and movie them there, and preserve transferring them round. Then they’d edit them into the movie within the completely different places, so that they didn’t must pay so many individuals. It was cheaper to do it that approach than to CGI them in later.
One other fascinating factor they did was movie from angels to keep away from fashionable buildings. Within the image on the left, Daenerys is strolling right into a tunnel, however as you possibly can see on the correct, there’s a fashionable trying constructing (that was added within the final century). To keep away from the constructing, they filmed in order that the constructing wasn’t within the shot. It appears like they obtained far-off and zoomed in, as a result of the identical tree behind Daenerys, is identical tree behind Oana. It appears like they shot this from the bottom as effectively.
We even discovered a location that Nathalie Emmanuel had an image of her shot (not in the course of the present clearly) and re-created the image. You’ll be able to see that since this image was taken initially, they’ve added a hand rail on the steps. You too can see that there are garments drying on clotheslines in each photos. Clearly the image on the left has a filter on it, and the one in every of Oana was simply taken with an iPhone and no filter.
We actually preferred the tour firm we picked, Gecko Excursions, and the value was nice contemplating the information spent virtually your entire day, from 1000 to 1800 with us. We have been informed that they often solely have 4-6 individuals on a tour, as a result of we’re used to bigger teams for excursions, but it surely was simply Oana, myself, and the tour information, Tonci, (Pronounced “Tonji”) however he stated to name him “Tony”. Seems he’s from Croatia, however has nearly no accent since he studied within the US.