Prosthetics Emmy Win For “Game Of Thrones”

by Graham Edwards

Barrie Gower (right) and Tristan Versluis apply makeup to the Night King for HBO's "Game of Thrones"

Barrie Gower (right) and Tristan Versluis apply makeup to the Night King for HBO’s “Game of Thrones”

HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones didn’t just take home an Emmy for its visual effects. As well as a host of other prizes, it also won the award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special. Other nominees in this category included: American Horror Story: Coven, Anna Nicole, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad and The Normal Heart. The Game of Thrones makeup and prosthetics team was led by:

One of the key sequences featuring the award-winning prosthetics was an attack by a band of skeletal reanimated corpses known as “wights”. A seamless blend of practical and digital effects, the showstopping sequence features extensive prosthetics work by Gower and his team. Further examples of their work in the winning episode The Children include a three-eyed raven, as well as makeups for old age, injuries and burns. Barrie Gower had this to say about receiving the award:

“We feel highly honoured to be awarded the Emmy for best Prosthetic Makeup on Game of Thrones. We are delighted to be recognised for our crew’s hard work and passion. I see Game of Thrones as a bucket list for prosthetics. In any one season we can be asked to provide anything from old age makeups, creatures, likeness silicone heads and bodies to models for VFX lighting reference. We feel privileged to be a part of one of HBO’s flagship shows!”

Watch HBO’s behind the scenes video on the Game of Thrones season four finale – The Children: