Cinesite’s partner studio Image Engine wins EMMY!

Huge congratulations to Cinesite’s partner studio Image Engine, who’s VFX Supervisor Thomas Schelesny along with the entire Game of Thrones crew were awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for their work on one of the most momentous episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones.

“The Bells” is a pivotal episode, which sees Queen Daenerys Targaryen finally invade the capital, King’s Landing, only to be overcome by madness and rage.

As the vengeful queen flies over the city on her fire breathing dragon, Drogon, she burns every neighbourhood to the ground, killing thousands of soldiers and civilians.

Visual Effects Supervisor Schelesny, with his team of artists at Image Engine studio, created almost every animation of Drogon for this devastating episode.

After receiving the Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Schelesny said he is humbled by the experience.

“The final season of Game of Thrones pushed the limits of what is possible in TV visual effects, and it’s a special honour to accept this award on behalf of the entire team,” he said.

“I’m incredibly proud of how we all rose to the challenge and pushed the bar a little higher for future productions.”

A full breakdown of Image Engine’s visual effects work on Game of Thrones Season 8 can be found here: