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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Looking For Immortality? Become A "Game Of Thrones" Extra In Croatia

I found this one interesting because of it showed up on the Wall Street Journal of all places. Not some tabloid or entertainment site or the "Game of Thrones" website. As for the title of this post, I think it's self-explanatory. This extra casting call is already over, but for those fanatical and hardcore fans of this hugely popular HBO series, this is the perfect opportunity for immortality. It's your chance to actually be in an episode, for all time, right there on the screen...forever. Maybe just as an extra somewhere in the background, maybe just holding a spear and wearing a helmet, or just wearing some medieval robe among a hundred nameless others, but you will actually be able to say that you were in a Game of Thrones episode. Something to brag about to your grandchildren or put on your resume.

They've already had quite a few of these extra casting calls, especially the past couple of years when filming has started to also include the city of Split and the nearby historic Klis Fortress, (pics here), they've also recently started filming up the coast in the town of Šibenik (sneak peek pics here and here) for those fanatical types this would be perfect. Just keep tabs on when the next extras casting call is, and then start reserving your plane ticket to immortality, Game of Thrones immortality anyway. (They might even let you keep one of those helmets...well I doubt it, but you could accidentally put it into your suitcase and then absolutely forget about it when packing for the return flight)

To think, back in the early 90's the Serbs were intent on cleansing and even started destroying Dubrovnik, as part of their eventual attempts to do the same all along the Croatian coast and in other former republics. All I can say is that it's a good thing they didn't succeed, otherwise I wouldn't be doing this post or topic and Dubrovnik would probably just have become rubble, or perhaps worse.... some kind of Serbian Magic Forest. (More on that Here)

(Sidenote info: While doing this one I came across some other interesting tidbits. Firstly, at one of the links in the below article, I came across news about the new Dracula Untold film that is coming out soon. If you've been a regular reader of this blog, then you'll know I'm into those kinds of medieval/supernatural/fantasy//historical type flicks, so I'm definitely going to to check that one out. Also, this article I came across just goes to show you that it's not a bad thing to have a sword wielding Game of Thrones fan around either, especially for those times when you're not in the mood for unexpected and unwanted company etc, not a bad thing at all it seems. Lastly, this may be a bit off-topic, but not really when you think about it, archeologists in Croatia recently discovered the remains of a massive 7000 year old settlement, this from long before the Croats, Illyrians, Celts, Etruscans, Romans, Slavs, Goths and just about anybody, even including the Nintendo civilization of the Holocene period. Maybe they'll find that magic "Chalice of the Eternal Mist" (aka the Skull Goblet of the Hyperborean Flame), that I read about here and there, purportedly able to give it's owner the power of time travel, shapeshifting and able to change the course of the stars and planets with some ancient phrases and words. I'm sort of into some of those fascinating archeology discovery items sometimes also. Now you can go ahead and find out how to become immortal)



Behind the scenes filming of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik. More behind the scenes images:

Want to Appear in ‘Game of Thrones’? Head to Croatia


[Spoiler alert: This post contains references to season 5 and other plot developments in "A Song of Ice and Fire"]

Fans hoping to appear in season five of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” still have a shot—tomorrow in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Embassy Films Croatia, a local production partner for the show, sent out a casting call for extras yesterday on Facebook.
The notice, in Croatian, instructs interested parties to come to the Lacroma hotel in Dubrovnik from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 16. They are seeking a variety of people, including children from the ages of 8 to 12.

Lots of local Croats were out of luck as costume designers had headaches trying to properly fit all the applicants. Many Croats applying were just too tall for the extras parts, so casting call organizers came up with a plan. Screenshot from Embassy Films Croatia Facebook page. In terms of appearance, the casting requires the following:

Men must not be taller than 190 cm [roughly 6 feet, 2.8 inches]. Women must be no more than 180 cm [about 5 feet 10.87 inches]. Women with natural hair color have an advantage.

Marina Šimun, a senior public relations associate at the Croatian National Tourist Board, told us back in July that season five would bring “Thrones” back to Dubrovnik. “There may again be filming in Split and the nearby settlement of Žrnovnica, locations added in 2013 for the Meereen storyline,” she wrote in an email, referring to a plotline involving Daenerys Targaryen.

Behind the scenes. HBO / Paul Schiraldi

Casting call extras during filming in Dubrovnik for season 4 last year. Photo gallery:

Season 4 including scenes featuring Klis Fortress near Split, each summer thousands of extras are required for various scenes. Images:

Extras during filming of season 3 in Dubrovnik.

With its large cast and diverse filming locations—representing Westeros, Essos and north of The Wall—”Game of Thrones” relies on a number of local production companies for extras. In Northern Ireland, Extras NI often works with the show. “Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss even have a blurb on the company’s site, detailing the hard work and conditions under which extras must work:

Our Belfast Extras are not Extras; they are the men and women of Westeros, the brothers of the Nights Watch, the soldiers in the Stark Army, the Ironborn Raiders and Craster’s Wives – All of them brought to life by passionate folks who work ungodly hours, endure wind and the rain and the cold and the mud, charging the gates of Kings Landing or Castle Black take after take after take. This show only succeeds if the world we’re creating seems real; we want to thank the best Extras on the planet for making it real. 2013.

For individuals hoping for a more major role, the process follows a more traditional casting involving agencies and auditions. Back in June, George R.R. Martin directed a young hopeful, eyeing the role of Aegon Targaryen, to the show’s casting director, Nina Gold.


Write to Robin Kawakami at

Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailers including scenes filmed in Croatia. (as in not blue screens)

Some behind the scenes commentary from season 4.

This may at first seem out of place, but I remembered to throw in this recent medieval-ish pic of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry for the next "Game of Thrones" post I was going to do. (see Blondie play Spancirfest in Varazdin post for more info)

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