Take a Long Look: The Cinematography of Game of Thrones

16.02.2016 - Jonathan Freeman, Matthijs Wouter Knol, Fabian Wagner

Since 2011, Game of Thrones has attracted millions of fans and gathered more than 3,000 entries in the cast & crew list on IMDb. Big-production drama series depend a lot on the principles of interconnected thinking and collaborative working amongst large crews and multiple units. Regular cinematographers of the series Jonathan Freeman and Fabian Wagner offer insights into their individual approaches to visual storytelling and effects. They recount their experiences as part of a complex, networked production system and share individual methods for ensuring aesthetic continuity over the course of many episodes and seasons.


Jonathan Freeman

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Canadian cinematographer. He was nominated for several awards for his work in TV movies and series even before shooting the Steven Spielberg produced miniseries TAKEN. He has since gone on to work on some of the most renowned TV shows like RESCUE ME, ROME, SONS OF ANARCHY and DAMAGES. His extensive work on GAME OF THRONES and BOARDWALK EMPIRE earned him three Prime Time Emmys and five ASC Awards.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

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Matthijs is director of the European Film Market since 2014. As Head of Development at Pieter van Huystee Film in Amsterdam in 2001, Matthijs focused on developing, financing and internationally co-producing documentary film projects. With ARTE he also co-produced the complete edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered works, which was awarded the Prix “Cahiers du Cinéma” in 2006. In 2007, Matthijs started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between its co-production and sales markets, as well as the IDFAcademy training programme where he initiated the IDFAcademy Summer School. From 2008 to 2014 he was programme manager of Berlinale Talents, and co-founder of the Berlinale Residency.

Fabian Wagner

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German-born cinematographer, who first made his name with a string of award-winning British TV series like THE STREET, HUSTLE, MRS. BIGGS, ACCUSED and SHERLOCK, before working on GAME OF THRONES and moving on to major films like Robert Carlyle's BAFTA winner BARNEY THOMPSON and Paul McGuigan's VIKTOR FRANKENSTEIN. He was nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Awards, for his work on SHERLOCK and GAME OF THRONES.