The ‘House of the Dragon’ creator knows the scene was too dark

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“House of the Dragon” showrunner Ryan Condal acknowledged how dark the dark scenes in episode seven were. He said he needed to consider more that “we’re doing the show for people’s televisions”. The episode, “Driftmark”, received backlash for the dimly lit scenes. Something is loading.

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HBO’s “House of the Dragon” wrapped up its first season on Sunday with 9.3 million viewers, roughly matching the series’ debut and showing that the series has maintained a consistent viewership throughout.

By most accounts, the show was a massive hit for HBO, proving that the “Game of Thrones” brand is alive and well.

But that doesn’t mean he didn’t ruffle some feathers. Episode seven in particular, titled “Driftmark”, was criticized for scenes that many viewers deemed too dark to view on their television screens.

Enough people complained on Twitter that HBO Max responded to some fans by calling it “an intentional creative decision.”

But co-creator and showrunner Ryan Condal has heard the criticism and suggested in a recent interview that future episodes won’t make the same mistake.

“What I’ve learned over the course of the season is that you have to take a lot more into account that we’re doing the show for people’s televisions rather than in a perfectly calibrated cinema environment,” Condal said. at Variety.

The scenes in question were shot during the day and toned down in post-production to make it look like it was night.

YouTuber Vincent Teoh recently measured the episode’s brightness in a video on his HDTVTest channel and found that some TVs automatically dimmed due to how dark the segment was.

“The unique challenge of doing television post-production is that you do it in this highly calibrated facility with millions of dollars worth of equipment and top-notch professionals,” Condal said. “At the end of the day, if you’re making a movie, you pass those files on to theaters, where you know there’s a reasonable similarity in quality in terms of how the media is going to be exported and what equipment it’s going to be. is. seen on.”

He added: “When you’re making TV, you’re not only entrusting it to tens of millions of different TV setups – rooms with curtains and no curtains, lighting and no lighting, high speakers and no speakers – but you’re also handing it over to these various distributors who are going to take the file and compress it or not, or show it in 1080P or 4K.”

The episode was directed by Miguel Sapochnik, who also served as co-showrunner in the first season. Sapochnik also directed a “Game of Thrones” episode that received backlash for being too dark, the season eight episode “The Long Night”. Fabian Wagner also served as director of photography on both episodes.

Wagner had accused viewers of not adjusting their television settings in response to criticism against “The Long Night.”

“A big part of the problem is that a lot of people don’t know how to properly tune their TVs,” he told Wired in 2019. no case do justice to a show like this anyway.”

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