Learning how to use the software needed to create characters like the dragons in Game of Thrones is harder than learning how to fly a plane, one of the hit show’s lead 3D animators has said. But that shouldn’t put off those wanting to work in visual effects from seeking a career in the sector, he added.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Dublin and as Game of Thrones comes to a bloody end after eight seasons, Jonathan Symmonds, who led the CGI-generated animations that made the three dragons – Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal – come alive, said 3D animation is an industry that anyone with passion can work in.
“3D animation has played a vital role in the success of the show. Even though Game of Thrones is based in a fantasy environment, that doesn’t mean that animation shouldn’t be of the highest quality because the moment that something is rendered that doesn’t look realistic enough, viewers pull away,” he said.