The Cinematography Behind the "Red Wedding" Episode Explained by Rob McLachlan ASC, CSC

The Cinematography Behind the "Red Wedding" Episode Explained by Rob McLachlan ASC, CSC

It’s here! Get a behind the scenes look at one of the biggest moments in “Game of Thrones,” “The Rains of Castamere” aka “The Red Wedding,” episode from the Cinematographer who made it all happen.

Cinematographer Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC from “Sight, Sound & Story: The Art of Cinematography” 2018 on December 5, 2018, in New York City.

Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC, was born in San Francisco. He became involved with photography and film at an early age thanks to an artistic father. Since then, Robert has moved on with unusual ease between television and theatrical films of all sizes. In the process, winning many awards and amassing hundreds of credits including close to 50 Theatrical and television movies; as well as over 550 episodes of Television that include “MacGyver” in the late ’80s and the groundbreaking, “Millennium” in the mid’90ss. Recently he shot what is regarded as the most famous episode of TV ever – best known as “The Red Wedding”, in addition to the biggest episode of TV ever made, “The Spoils of War.” Both of these episodes are from the international phenomenon, “Game of Thrones.” His other TV credits include “Westworld” for HBO and Showtime’s critically acclaimed, “Ray Donovan.” Along the way, he has returned to wearing both Director and cinematographer hats on the movies “The Golden Compass” and “Dragonball Evolution” on their second units and more recently he has directed episodes of “Ray Donovan.”

Robert belongs to both US and Canadian camera unions and also holds DGA and DGC cards. He has been a member of the CSC since 1985 and was honored with membership in the hallowed ASC in 2002. The company he founded in Vancouver now employs over 36 people in addition to production crews and is one of the largest in Western Canada. He is currently acting as a supervising cinematographer, producer, and episode director on “Ray Donovan” season 6 in New York City.

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“Game of Thrones” is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A “Game of Thrones.” It is filmed in Belfast and elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Scotland, Spain, and the United States.

“The Rains of Castamere” aka “The Red Wedding,” was a massacre that happened during the War of the Five Kings arranged by Lord Walder Frey as revenge against King Robb Stark for breaking the marriage pact between House Stark and House Frey. During the massacre, King Robb, his wife, Queen Talisa, his mother, Lady Catelyn, most of his bannermen and men-at-arms (~15,000 men) are murdered following the marriage feast and bedding of Edmure Tully, Robb’s uncle, and Roslin Frey.

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