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Lights, Camera, Action

It's evening in Belfast, and the first day of shooting is now in the can.

Feels strange. Exciting, but also... I don't know, maybe I'm feeling a bit of empty nest syndrome. My kids have left home, and are making their own way in the world.

I'd wish good luck to everyone involved in the HBO production, but I recall that you never say that in the theatre. Maybe everyone concerned break several legs.

And me... well, a blank computer screen awaits. Still a lot of story to tell.

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newerakb
Jul. 26th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
I for one hope that your 'kids' are very successful, and that everyone likes them enough to want to hang out with them for 7 years. But I'm biased, since I'm pretty good friends with your kids.
anexanhume
Jul. 26th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Input as producer.
George, how much input do you have as producer?
douglaswweb
Jul. 26th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Very excited for this...
Here's hoping HBO finally sets up some distribution deals with Netflix, Hulu, or an online stream/subscribe by the time the series airs (all of which I'd pay for).
I wish cable/satellite companies would drop their antiquated business model of purchasing 60 channels you don't want so that one can watch the 3 channels one is truly interested in. As far as I know, I have to pay the minimum $45/month just so that I can pay the $15/month for HBO.
Bring on the subscription internet streaming please!
gholam
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Very excited for this...
"This service is not available in your country"
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lt111
Jul. 26th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Good luck
MacBeth!
pepsl
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
I hope u'll keep an eye on your kids, and turn them to the right direction if they'll ever wander off road. Best of luck with the series...and the books for that matter! :D
db1869
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
"alot of story to tell." Seriously, still "alot"? I thought this thing was on the verge of being done. Losing hope in the great white north...
werthead
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
I took it that George was referring to A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE as a whole. There's still two big books (and a few more short stories) and the world book to come after A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is done.
loco73
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
BRAVO!
Congratulations to you sir and all the people involved in the project! Let's hope this is the first of many days to come, and that this effort not only takes-off, but it is around for the duration!

Huzzaaaahhhh!!!!!!!
eddard_stoppark
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Empty nest syndrome
I wish tons of broken legs (I'm an actor... :-)) and I sincerely hope that your kids walk proudly through the highest heights of world and universe, but I also think one thing: every goal, every triumph and feast and battle and prize they will reach, every distance they'll cover from the nest, they'll do it with YOUR wind in their sails. It's your soul making them speak and behave: nothing and nobody can take this away from you, lucky man! Thank you again, George, for what you gave us, for what you give now and for what you're going to give! Best wishes to you for your work and to all the guys in NI!!!
atrus123
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you've got a great team working with the kids, and I honestly can't think of a better solution for bringing them to the screen. To me, HBO seems like the dream gig.

Do you plan on dropping in on the filming from time to time?
princeopansies
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm still fretting about Robert Arryn being renamed as Robin, even if I can understand their somewhat twisted logic.

It's not like the books aren't packed with numerous similarly named characters(Mother have mercy when they show House Frey!), and "Robin" barely gets screen-time anyhow.
And when he does get it, much, much later on, the other significant Robert they were so worried about is already off-screen for good(unless you mean to revive him as a wight...I bet he'll be the only wight still wenching and getting drunk). And as you yourself mentioned, that similarity was plot point, smallish as it was.

Oh well, having just listened to Tyrion's first big battle in the AGoT audio-book I can't wait to see it on the screen.
grrm
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
One of the items of conventional wisdom you hear when you're a little bitty neo-writer is, "Never give two characters in your story a name beginning with the same letter, or the readers will get them confused."

I followed that for many years, but very early on with GAME OF THRONES, I realized that I wanted to have more than twenty-six characters, so there went the rule.

Actually, ICE & FIRE breaks all sorts of naming conventions for fiction. I took my cue from history instead, where nobles families tended to use the same names over and over. English history is all Edwards and Henrys. (Princes named things like Arthur, Eustace, and Alphonso never seemed to live long enough to inherit the crown). Thus the naming patterns of Westeros... which are more realistic than those seen in most fantasy fiction, I dare say, but perhaps more confusing as well.

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spreadpanic
Jul. 26th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)
Tournament at King's Landing
I hope you guys made some pretty serious casting decisions for that. No spoilers, but The Tournament of The Hand in Season 1 introduces some characters that would play MAJOR roles in subsequent seasons. I guess you could just cover them all in armor, though...
blueseaisland
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!

(no concerns for your kids, they will be great)

a1eksand3r
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
hope the blank computer screen fills up with new chapters :)
mentord00d
Jul. 26th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to seeing the show! Hope to hear more soon =)
anirien
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I was told once that a "leg" is what supports a theater's curtain, so the idea being that you would receive so many encores that the leg would break from the curtain going up and down so many times. If that's true it's probably only a theater appropriate term.

I remember that I used to read the novels and imagine what the scenes would be like if brought to life on film and then I would think to myself "oh, but that will never happen." Needless to say I'm extremely excited!
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