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Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," by George R.R. Martin, the new series GAME OF THRONES launches its ten-episode season on Sunday, April 17th, exclusively on HBO. Alik Sakharov, ASC; Marco Pontecorvo, AIC; and Matt Jensen shared cinematographic duties on the show, which was shot with ARRI ALEXA digital cameras at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as at various locations in Northern Ireland and Malta. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss served as both executive producers and writers, while directors included Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten. The production received funding from both Northern Ireland Screen and the Malta Film Commission.
GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power. As the series opens, King Robert Baratheon, who is married to Cersei Lannister of the wealthy and corrupt Lannisters, asks Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark to come south and help run his kingdom after the questionable death of his right-hand man. Meanwhile, there is a threat to the throne from the east by the exiled teenage Princess Daenerys and her brother Viserys, whose family ruled the Kingdoms for many years before their bloody ouster. And there are rumors of strange things happening at the edge of the Kingdoms, north of the Wall, where Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, goes to be part of the brotherhood of the Night's Watch, which is sworn to protect the Kingdoms.
The exceptional sensitivity and dynamic range of ALEXA's sensor suited the production, which incorporated many high contrast and low light shooting situations. Renowned for its film-like images, ALEXA gave the series a truly cinematic quality and allowed the cinematographers to create a look that combined staggering detail with pleasing skin tones and a gentle rendition of make-up and costume.
Series regulars on GAME OF THRONES include (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Sean Bean as Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish ("Littlefinger"), Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon, Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark, Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen, Richard Madden as Robb Stark, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane ("The Hound"), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
A full article on GAME OF THRONES, including cinematographer interviews, will appear on the ARRI website nearer to broadcast.