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Game of Thrones filming at Downhill

Season 2 – The Burning of the 7

In 2013 we were honoured to play host to the crew of HBO’s Game of Thrones when an episode was filmed on the beach in front of the Downhill Beachhouse. It was absolutely amazing to see up close what goes into a huge production like this and the see the craftsmanship of the sets. Here are photos of the process of setting the scene of ‘the burning of the seven’

game of thrones filming in Northern Ireland at Downhill

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland placement of sculptures
First a track needed to be created to allow the lifting equipment to move on the soft sand under the Mussenden Temple.

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland inner pipes to run gas inside the sculptures

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland : digging trenches for gas lines
Pipes were buried vertically that each sculpture of one of the ‘old gods’ would sit over. These pipes carried gas that would be released when the sculptures needed to burn. Trenches were created to bury the gas lines.

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: sunset at the end of the day
Sunset at the end of the first day.

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: dawn day 2

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: the first sculpture goes onto a lifter

The second morning the sculptures of the old gods were brought to the site.

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: sculpture approaches the train bridge

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Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: first sculpture passes under the train bridge

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: other side of the bridge unharmed
They were carefully lifted off the transport vehicle onto a smaller lifter and carried under the train bridge.

Game of Thrones filming in Downhill Northern Ireland: first sculpture transported to new beach location
Then carried down the beach to the filming location.

Game of Thrones film set at Downhill Beach: the second of the 'gods' is lifted onto the beach

Game of Thrones film set at Downhill Beach: the third sculpture comes to Downhill

Game of Thrones film set at Downhill Beach: sculptures are moved down to the set

Game of Thrones film set at Downhill Beach : lifting sculptures by loops on the top of each massive piece

Game of Thrones film set at Downhill Beach : the sculptures begin to gather

Subsequent sculptures are moved down the beach to the film set and gathered together before placement.

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland 'old gods' sculpture on the beach under Mussenden Temple

The pieces looked amazing sitting on their own on the sand.

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland 'old gods' being transported

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland lifting one of the 'old gods' sculptures

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland the sculptures continue to gather on the Downhill Beach

Game of Thrones film location Downhill Northern Ireland

The crew were very fortunate with the weather, it was absolutely beautiful throughout the set up days.

The crew were very fortunate with the weather, it was absolutely beautiful throughout the set up days.

We essentially had this amazing pop up art installation on the beach for the next day with these haunting huge figures on the sand with Mussenden Temple looming overhead.

More photos will be added shortly…