NAB Show Will Offer Special Session Taking A Look The Development Of “Games Of Thrones”


The 2017 NAB Show will provide an exclusive look at the development of one of TV’s most popular shows during the session, “’Game of Thrones’: Behind the Scenes With Filmmakers” on Monday, April 24 in Las Vegas. Part of the Creative Master Series and produced in partnership with the Motion Picture Sound Editors, the panel will include producers and creative professionals who will share insight on the innovative shooting styles and unique methods utilized in filming the epic HBO series. Bernadette Caulfield, executive producer; Greg Spence, producer; Anette Haellmigk, director of photography; and Jonathan Freeman, ASC, director of photography, will participate in the panel moderated by David Geffner, executive editor at ICG Magazine.

NAB Show, held April 22 – 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing The M.E.T. Effect, the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways.


“In addition to the challenge of adapting one of fiction’s greatest works for television, these creatives are responsible for creating spectacular battles, giant dragons, and rich environments that span the entire globe,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “We’re proud to host this group of industry experts as they give us a behind the scenes look at how the award-winning universe of ‘Game of Thrones’ is brought to life.”

The group will discuss bringing the “Game of Thrones” lighting style to new locations and storylines, how they chose to block and edit the show’s emotional turning points, and how they harnessed postproduction to visually unify footage that included a cast of hundreds and nearly 1,900 visual effects shots. In addition to showing footage from season six, the filmmakers will also discuss how they blended practical photography with computer graphics to create innovative scenes, and how postproduction mastered the content that is distributed to an audience of over 25 million across all HBO platforms.

Bernadette Caulfield is executive producer for “Game of Thrones.” She began working on the show during season two as a producer, and took over as executive producer during the last four seasons. During her career, Caulfield has been a producer on shows including “Big Love,” “The X-Files,” “State of Mind,” and “Carnivàle.” She has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on “Game of Thrones,” along with six nominations.


Greg Spence has been a producer for “Game of Thrones” over the past six seasons. Previously, Spence produced television shows and films that include “Temple Grandin,” “Generation Kill,” and “John Adams.” He has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on “Game of Thrones.” Annette Haellmigk is director of photography for the show, with ten episodes of the series to her name. Her past credits include “The West Wing,” “Big Love,” “666 Park Avenue,” “Total Recall,” and “Starship Troopers.” She has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and three American Society of Cinematographers awards.

Jonathan Freeman, ASC is best known for his work on “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” and “Rome,” along with feature films “Hollywoodland,” “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” “Remember Me” and “The Edge of Love.” Freeman won Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2015 for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series for his work on “Boardwalk Empire.” He shared a 2014 Emmy nomination in the same category for an episode of “Game of Thrones” and has five ASC Award wins for “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and the telefilm “Homeland Security.”


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