Season 4 of the immensely popular series Game of Thrones has just officially started production in Northern Ireland. Units will also be filming in Iceland and Croatia later this month.
Filming in Croatia will take place in Dubrovnik, a location that the show has used since season 2 for the city of King’s Landing. They are slated to film from August 20th to September 20th, and then move to Split, a new location, on September 21st to October 10th. It is believed that the Diocletian Palace’s basement in the city centre will be used for a few days, then move to the village of Kils where a mountain fortress is located, as well as a nearby island.
In July HBO’s Game of Thrones will return to Paint Hall Studios in Belfast in Northern Ireland, where seasons one and two were filmed, to begin shooting their third season.
In addition to the studio, the show plans to utilize two new purpose-built 44,000 square-feet sound stages in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, as well as the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge, for additional filming.
As they continue prepping sets, they are also looking for thousands of extras to appear in the show.
Extras NI has issued a casting call looking for all types of men and women. You can check out the complete casting call below:
The series is primarily filming on the Vatnajökull glacier which stands in for the north side of the Wall in the story, home to the Others. In the first season Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), the illegitimate son of Lord Eddard,was killed after traveling there with the Night’s Watch.
The series is expected to continue filming in Iceland through next week. So far the shoot is going well, despite difficult conditions. “We decided to come in the winter which is good given the look we were after but bad in terms of daylight. It is a challenge to finish shooting before nightfall. We have to make everything ready in the dark and illuminate the area so that we can work,” Newman explained.