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2018 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Congratulations!

09.11.2018 — Categories: , , ,

Game of Thrones Wins 2018 Creative Emmy Award for Outstanding VFX

THE THIRD FLOOR is beyond appreciative to be recognized with a 2018 Creative Arts Emmy® Award for our work as an integral part of the VFX Team on HBO’s Game of Thrones, Season 7, Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall.”Our Previs and Virtual Production artists worked diligently on location in Belfast, visualizing key sequences and delivering technical plans ahead of each complex day of shooting. It was truly and honor to work closely with Lead Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer, Lead Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback, Episode Director Alan Taylor and nearly every other department from sets to stunts.

HBO’s Game of Thrones Received the 2018 Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. Pictured from the visual effects team: Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway; Visual Effects Supervisor David Ramos; Lead CG Supervisor Derek Spears; Lead CG Visual Effects Associate Producer Adam Chazen; Lead Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback; Lead CG Animation Supervisor Wayne Stables; Previs Lead Michelle Blok; Lead Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer; Visual Effects Plate Supervisor Ted Rae.

Representing THE THIRD FLOOR in the award, Thrones Previs Lead Michelle Blok said: “From battles with wights on a frozen lake to ice dragons and even a zombie polar bear, ‘Beyond the Wall’ had it all. Whether visualizing an epic battle, moving multiple actors on a motion base-mounted dragon torso or flying a flamethrower attached to a Spydercam system, it’s been thrilling to help inform production through our specialties in sequence design, pre-planning and virtual production. Thank you Steve, Joe, HBO and everyone on the crew for this epic work and collaboration! Congratulations also go out to Previs Lead Pat Gehlen, Virtual Production Supervisor Kaya Jabar, Visual Effects Supervisor Eric Carney and our entire show crew at THE THIRD FLOOR, who share collectively in this award.”

THE THIRD FLOOR’s Michelle Blok received an Emmy Award — her second on the Game of Thrones visual effects team — at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Los Angeles.

THE THIRD FLOOR’s Michelle Blok received an Emmy Award — her second on the Game of Thrones visual effects team — at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Los Angeles.

Members of TTF’s visualization team for Game of Thrones. Left to right: Virtual Production Supervisor Kaya Jabar; Previs Lead Pat Gehlen; Previs Supervisor Michelle Blok.

THE THIRD FLOOR has earned three prior Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Visual Effects with the Game of Thrones team, helping realize memorable scenes such as the Wildling Wall Attack (Season 4), Meereen Fighting Pit (Season 5) and Battle of the Bastards (Season 6).

Season 7 set the bar even higher, with “Beyond the Wall” calling for unprecedented levels of creative and technical planning to seamlessly integrate live actors, digital dragons, real sets, stage elements and CG environment extensions, as well as fight choreography, crowd effects and carefully orchestrated fire and dunk tank shoots.

Previs frame by THE THIRD FLOOR (left); final shot (right).

“With each season of Thrones, the visual effects complexity has grown with the size of its dragons,” said Lead Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback. “The Third Floor’s team on the ground has grown right along with that. Our supervisor Joe Bauer worked hand in glove with The Third Floor’s previs and virtual production artists on sequence design and prepping a technical playbook that made our scope possible on set in the time allowed.”

Game Of Thrones “Beyond The Wall”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; 360 Television/Startling Television

Steve Kullback, Lead Visual Effects Producer
Joe Bauer, Lead Visual Effects Supervisor
Adam Chazen, Visual Effects Associate Producer
Michelle Blok, Previs Lead
Sam Conway, Special Effects Supervisor
Ted Rae, Visual Effects Plate Supervisor
David Ramos, Visual Effects Supervisor
Wayne Stables, Lead CG Animation Supervisor
Derek Spears, Lead CG Supervisor

Congratulations to all of our award-winning colleagues, and to HBO for its many remarkable nominations, making a major mark with Game of Thrones this year as the most-nominated primetime scripted series in Emmy history! Stay tuned for the Primetime Emmy Awards to be presented Sunday, September 17, 2018. 2018 Creative Arts Emmys full list For more about our work on Game of Thrones “Beyond the Wall”: Animation World Network

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