On a hot night in Los Angeles, winter was finally here. The city was lit up for the Game of Thrones premiere of Season Seven, what was in essence the beginning of the end of this popular HBO series. The tribe assembled was not only those who had walked frozen tundra to the Wall, flown dragons and battled for the throne, but those event professionals who have produced all the premiere events for the series.
Over the years, this tribe, ie team, led by designer Billy Butchkavitz, has included video mapping by Bart Kresa Design, lighting by Images by Lighting, rentals by Town and Country Event Rentals, and design works such as frozen thrones to vinyl wrapping by Agile Eye Solutions. And this year, projection and engineering by WorldStage in partnership with Panasonic was involved. In years’ past, the event has been held at the San Francisco City Hall and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This year it was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
After viewing “Dragonstone,” the first episode in Season Seven, the attendees, a star-studded guest list, made their way across the street to the rooftop of a parking garage that had been transformed into another world, or rather, the many worlds of Game of Thrones. It was populated with some White Walker-esque creatures, Night Kings, and ghost-like characters from the episodes in the form of art installations. Working from sketches from Game of Thrones costume designer, Michele Clapton, Agile Eye created replicas in paper! Our lighting highlighted these installations and other elements such as the larger-than-life bust of the Night King, lounge settings and 3D photo opportunities. Overlooking all of this was a video projection by Bart Kresa that captured the imagination of the event goers, and the attention of the worldwide press.
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Photos by Gabor Ekecs