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Games of Thrones: Prequel will be filmed in Belfast after Superman and Star Wars epics

Filming on the Game of Thrones prequel will start in Belfast in October, it has been confirmed.

Staff at the Paint Hall studios in the city's Titanic Quarter have been briefed that their next major project will be a series set 1,000 years before the events of the fantasy drama.

The news is another huge boost to our growing TV and film industry, with Superman prequel series Krypton also being filmed locally and the latest spin-off in the Star Wars franchise coming here in April 2019.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/...er-superman-and-star-wars-epics-37085402.html
 

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Talk about a Game of Thrones prequel is mind blowing considering George hasn't released a book in seven bloody years. Meanwhile he badgers his publishers to reprint books he released in the 80's, sometimes even taking the time to edit them so their quality is impeccable. He's the world's most critically acclaimed sloth.
 

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Someone in work was saying that they're moving down south owing to Brexit.

Anyone interested in all the action in Titanic Quarter with filming, check out Reddit's 'freefolk' board. Some great pics of the castle set.

Working nearby has been fun, though never seen any stars, there's been plenty of glimpses of flames, and massive sets within the Titanic Studios.

[Fun fact: they play music in the parking and cabin area beside the studios to drown out people hearing action or even dialogue]

Apparently there may even be tours of the set in the coming month now all the main cast have gone (Arya.Maisie Williams was the last)
 

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BELFAST Harbour is set to invest up to £35 million in a major expansion of its film production facilities as part of continuous development along the city's waterside.

Fresh from the success of Game of Thrones, the Belfast port, which yesterday announced record-breaking financial results, has announced plans to almost treble the capacity at its studio at Giant's Park - a move that could create "at least" 300 new jobs.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) is due to be submitted tomorrow for a 110,000 sq ft facility and it is hoped planning approval could be granted by the middle of next year. This would pave the way for construction to begin ahead of a potential opening in 2021.
Source from the Irishnews http://www.irishnews.com/business/2019/07/04/news/belfast-harbour-to-invest-up-to-35m-in-film-studios-expansion-1655410/
 

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A lot of interesting points in this article. Does this mean investing in the studios at titanic is dead in the water?
Using the last remaining Waterfront spot in Citi Quays for a residential development. Is that the plot between the M3 and Hotel?
When they refer to housing in TQ instead of Residential, does that mean building actual houses with driveways and gardens?
Not sure how that would work in TQ.
 

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A lot of interesting points in this article. Does this mean investing in the studios at titanic is dead in the water?
I suppose the site that has been earmarked with expansion has advantages that there is more space out there, with fewer prying eyes, but also less noise from City Airport and the alarms when the Cranes move - which I'm aware were real issues for GoT.
 

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Irish stars join James Nesbitt in BBC's Belfast thriller

Irish stars including Ripper Street's Charlene McKenna and The Young Offenders' Chris Walley have been cast opposite James Nesbitt in the BBC's new Belfast-set thriller, Bloodlands, with Omagh director Pete Travis behind the lens.

Filming has already begun in the city, with the cast also including Kathy Kiera Clarke (Derry Girls, The Pale Horse), Lorcan Cranitch (Fortitude, The Dig), Lisa Dwan (Top Boy, Trust), Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, Game of Thrones), Lola Petticrew (A Bump Along the Way, My Left Nut), Michael Smiley (Luther, Death and Nightingales) and Susan Lynch (Happy Valley, Save Me).

Teasing the plot for Bloodlands, the BBC said: "When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.

The series is executive produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio and is the first original drama series commission from new writer Chris Brandon.
 

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Brilliant news, really impressive.

With the huge production space here, it's strange BBC NI don't sell up Blackstaff studios and rent studio space when they need it here.

Even studio shows like Mastermind, Nolan Show, The Blame Game are all made by private production companies now so no reason to use Blackstaff. Aswell as film, it would be great to see more TV shows made in Northern Ireland too.
 

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Fantastic news, how does this compare to the rest of the uk or world stage?
Well as stated its the largest outside of the South East of England. Pinewood Studios has 23 stages - but then it is a global Hub.
https://www.pinewoodgroup.com/studios/pinewood-studios

Globally - I'd need to look at New York and LA. Vancouver and Toronto maybe more reasonable comparison who vie for 3rd and 4th and jump back and forth in N.America. On Wikipedia is shows the Credits and alot is filmed there.

North Shore Studios in Vancouver has 8 Studios, 132,435 sq.ft (although there are other studios, but then so does Belfast)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shore_Studios

Pinewood Toronto the largest complex in Canada has 7 stages:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinewood_Toronto_Studios

So with 7 stages and 346,000 sq.ft Belfast's hub is not small. Just need to get the productions in!
 
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