It must be a bit disheartening being a computer special effects artist. When you’ve done your job brilliantly, the only thanks you get is that no one notices that you’ve done your job.
Take a look at this seamless computer graphics integration below. It’s no wonder the average cost to produce an episode is $6 million. The pilot episode, known as “Winter is Coming” cost over $10 million to produce, skyrocketing the cost of the first season somewhere north of $70m. The series has gained mass following and brought in millions for HBO despite the lack of ads mixed throughout each episode. We’re told they make it all back in network deals, downloads and DVD sales.