Malaga – Costa del Sol | Dragons Return to Fly Over Spain in Game of Thrones Prequel

Welter, Aráez and Guadamuro, and the poster for La Maison du Dragon. / HBO / on

Malaga-based companies Fresco, Modexpor and A Film Location reveal some of the secrets behind the filming of The House of the Dragon, the first episode of which aired Monday on HBO Max

If there was one thing truly fascinating about Game of Thrones, it’s dragons. Now, in the prequel titled The House of the Dragon, these winged fire-breathing creatures can be seen flying over Spain once again, thanks in part to three Malaga-based companies following orders from the Iron Throne: production company Fresco Film, the casting company ModExpoR and A Film Location, which, as its name suggests, finds suitable locations for filming.

“We’re the Three Musketeers, because we’ve been with the show since they arrived in Spain in 2015,” said Fresco Film’s Peter Welter Soler, introducing fellow swashbucklers, casting director Rafa Guadamuro of ModExpoR and director Tate Aráez of A Filming Location.

They enjoyed even more autonomy with this series. “We have an extensive relationship with HBO and they’re happy with our work, so they’ve gotten rid of the UK supervisors now,” said Welter, whose company also worked on two other Netflix series this summer, Black Mirror and Kaos.

The biggest challenge of filming

Like the other series, The House of the Dragon includes scenes with hundreds of extras, but Rafa Guadamuro explained that it was not as chaotic as Game of Thrones, when thousands of people applied to participate. “As we had already shot in Cáceres, we went through the database and used many extras that were in the original series,” he said.

“I was looking forward to Monday and I stayed up until 3 a.m. so I could watch the first episode,” admitted Guadamuro and, although he knows all the secrets of this production, he still finds it irresistible . Peter Welter agreed, saying the prequel’s plot, a woman’s yearning for the Iron Throne, “is a very contemporary idea” and the production is on par with the original series, although ‘he recommends people not to try to compare the two.

In the first image, the Extremaduran town of Trujillo has transformed into King’s Landing. In the following, actor Matt Smith, in a sequence filmed in Cáceres. In the last, a dragon over the city. / HBO

However, there are obviously some parallels and social media was buzzing on Monday about the character of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (played by Milly Alcock), who inherited the position from the mythical Mother of Dragons, Daenerys.

Peter Welter also explained that one of the biggest challenges for this new HBO title was to film the scenes of the Monsanto castle, on the border between Portugal and Spain, because there was no access for vehicles and all cameras, generators, lights, decoration, catering equipment. and the capitals had to be transported on foot or by helicopter. “In my 30 years in this profession, that has been the biggest challenge,” he said. “Everyone had to walk, even the stars,” agreed Guadamuro. Including dragons, of course.

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