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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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num1tigerfan69
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Stay Strong George!
I couldn't imagine turning over something that I had invested so much of myself to someone else. But at some point you have to take a chance. "let the kids leave the nest to make their own way" I have faith that you made the right decision in HBO. I am Geeked to see your world from a different perspective. I for one hope there will be some surprises. A straight translation for me is almost pointless. It would be impossible to bring any more life to Westeros than your words do. Anyway I am super excited. At least you did not sell the rights to some pompous movie director who would absolutely ruin a beloved series. Like...oh I don't know M. Night Shamalamadingdong.
hotweaselsoup
Jul. 27th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
I was thrilled when I saw that David Benioff was a part of the project. After you, he is one of my favorite authors. I think your offspring are in good hands.
ralf_eugen
Jul. 27th, 2010 07:22 am (UTC)
gogogo, george!

you have equipped them with everything they need, now it's their turn to shine, independent from you, for once. it will all turn out well, i'm sure of it - even kong, hanging from the last branches.

we feeeeel you maaaaan

cheers
ext_240279
Jul. 27th, 2010 08:04 am (UTC)
So exciting! I can't wait for the series, though of course it can't compare to the series.

It's funny though, in a way the pre-production and casting news has been almost as exciting and entertaining as watching a show... So many possibilities and "what if's?"
honarmin
Jul. 27th, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
you know, george...
... should you ever get bored, I hear that Stars' new miniseries "The Pillars of the Earth," adapted from Follett's novel, is getting very good reviews.

Not to mention it includes Ian McShane (who we all know deserves endless best-actor awards for his role as Al Swearengen alone).
userj
Jul. 28th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Re: you know, george...
really? I heard it was getting very very bad reviews. e.g.: http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/07/pillars-earth-starz.html

"The Pillars of the Earth has done the impossible. It's made Ian McShane (temporarily) uninteresting."
Re: you know, george... - honarmin - Jul. 28th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
satrapo
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
A tribute to Asoiaf
I know this is not the right place to write this thing..
However i'd like to let you know about this awesome song from the last Blind Guardian's album. It's called "War of the thrones" and it's about the world of asoiaf.
You can find some samples on youtube.
I just bought their last album which is called "At the edge of time".

I've been waiting for years to see Hansi Kursch writing down some good songs (or an entire album) on the Asoiaf world. And now we have this song :)

I hope you'll enjoy it!

Here's a sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxLJcaGAlpU
simonfoliver
Jul. 27th, 2010 12:55 pm (UTC)
Wolves
George, I dont think you can tell me this. But just in case, How is HBO going to do the wolves: computer animation or actual wolves OR a combination of both?
atrus123
Jul. 27th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Wolves
I think I heard that it would largely be actual wolves, though I'm sure they'll need a CG enhancements from time to time. So far, HBO's use of real wolves seems to be working great for True Blood season 3.
helikon64
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
A song about the game of thrones
This is a song about the song of ice and fire. It would be cool to hear this band on the series (on credits for example :))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxLJcaGAlpU

satrapo
Jul. 27th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: A song about the game of thrones
Hehe...we had the same idea :) (and we both love Blind Guardian as well as asoiaf)
Re: A song about the game of thrones - helikon64 - Jul. 27th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
stkelly82
Jul. 27th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
I want my Lannister t-shirt!
With a TV show forthcoming, will we start to see more Thrones parphenalia as well? I'm not sure you want to become the new George Lucas and have a lego playset of Ilyn Payne cutting off Ned's head. But seems like now would be the time we might see some new stuff.
blueseaisland
Jul. 27th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I want my Lannister t-shirt!
That would be cool! I would like a t-shirt with Jaime holding Bran from the window and his 'the things I do for love' quotation on it.
Re: I want my Lannister t-shirt! - astro_tiger - Jul. 28th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC) - Expand
TY is a sleep at the switch... - db1869 - Jul. 28th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
mizambar
Jul. 27th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
What part of Belfast??
George (or anyone else who would know),

Does anyone know where in Belfast the show is being filmed? I'm currently traveling through Europe for 8 months and I'm probably going to end up in Belfast by Thursday. It would be cool to catch a glimpse or two of some of the shots.... even if it's from 500 feet away.

grrm
Jul. 27th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: What part of Belfast??
The Paint Hall. Titanic Quarter. Harland & Wolff shipyards.

They will not let you near, however.
Re: What part of Belfast?? - mizambar - Jul. 28th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: What part of Belfast?? - hippoiathanatoi - Jul. 28th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: What part of Belfast?? - mizambar - Jul. 28th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
guessingo
Jul. 28th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
your involvement in the show
you seem to be far more involved in this series that most writers seem to be when their books are turned into TV series or movies. As a fan, it would be fun to read more about your involvement, why they want you so involved, and what you do on the show.

is it because you have a background writing tv series? I understand that writing novels is pretty different than writing a screenplay.
grrm
Jul. 28th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: your involvement in the show
My own experience in TV and film certainly helps. The fact that I understand the process somewhat undoubtedly made David & Dan and HBO more willing to have me involved on a meaningful basis.

A lot of this comes down to negotiation, however. What you want, what you're willing to take, what you're willing to give up to get it.

Most SF and fantasy writers do not make a whole lot of money from their books. So when some producer comes along and offers them an option, they see visions of Big Hollywood Bucks and jump at the offer. Which is fine, if all you want is the check.

The proper approach, the way I see it, is to meet with the producer/ screenwriter/ studio and whatever, get a feel for them, hear what they want to do, how they mean to approach the material... and accept or reject the offer, depending on the answers.

That was certainly my approach with ICE & FIRE. I met with Dan and David before I signed a thing. I liked them, liked their own work, liked everything they had to say about the books. We began from a basis of mutual respect, and it's all been good.

phillymos
Jul. 28th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
The Return Of The Grrm
Do you have any plans to return to the set at all during the filming of season 1? I know you are extremely busy and no fan of long plane flights. But I have to imagine the chance to meet all those fantastic actors who are bringing your characters to life and watch some more of the process in action would be too good to pass up. Especially when they start filming episode 8 and you have an extra excuse to be there. Plus how else will you be able to film your secret cameo part? ;-)
bcshelton72
Jul. 28th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
This is all amazingly exciting, for one reason-- Mr. Martin, you tell a hell of a good tale. Thanks for sharing your visions with us.
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