18 Mar 2015 - the 'Game of Thrones' season 5 World Premiere

March 18th, 2015.

I'm not going to lie, this one sucked. Not only was I shooting from over 50m distant in a huge crowd from about the sixth row; but it was ill-lit, the interviews were mostly side-on, the lighting changed colour randomly, it was freezing cold.... and I knew I'd have to leave early to do a late night conference call with the United States.

So with all expectations as to quality suitably lowered, here's how one of the biggest, most dramatic and impressive premieres in recent memory was pretty badly organised, and additionally poorly captured by me. Argh:

 

The venue for the World Premiere of the 5th Season of "Game of Thrones"? The Tower of London, in ermm.... London. I dropped by before work just to see the layout. It looked suitably impressive.

The venue for the World Premiere of the 5th Season of "Game of Thrones"? The Tower of London, in ermm.... London. I dropped by before work just to see the layout. It looked suitably impressive.

What I didn't know yet (and couldn't) was that both the level where I took the above photo AND the level below it (in front, with the fence) would both be inexplicably closed to bystanders for the premiere, and nobody without an invite was getting down to where the grass was. Damn

So flash forward to 8 or so hours later, and I have a spot, and it's not particularly great, but it's not particularly awful. That's assuming those angled white large bedsheet things blocking views of the screen were going to be lighting rigs. Which they weren't. Or that interviews would take place on the red carpet at the intersection in the distance. Which they also weren't.

So flash forward to 8 or so hours later, and I have a spot, and it's not particularly great, but it's not particularly awful. That's assuming those angled white large bedsheet things blocking views of the screen were going to be lighting rigs. Which they weren't. Or that interviews would take place on the red carpet at the intersection in the distance. Which they also weren't.

As Game of Thrones dress-up goes, this is pretty fantastic. However, the cosplayers forgot one thing : nobody in Westeros is ever this clean-shaven, or this well groomed, or this 'clean'.

As Game of Thrones dress-up goes, this is pretty fantastic. However, the cosplayers forgot one thing : nobody in Westeros is ever this clean-shaven, or this well groomed, or this 'clean'.

The large pen below was for ticket-holders and competition winners only. Worse, rather than start the premiere when it was still light, they'd scheduled it for an hour after this, when it was definitively dark. Still... gotta respect the dragon/flames mural being projected onto Her Majestry's Tower and Fortress.

The large pen below was for ticket-holders and competition winners only. Worse, rather than start the premiere when it was still light, they'd scheduled it for an hour after this, when it was definitively dark. Still... gotta respect the dragon/flames mural being projected onto Her Majestry's Tower and Fortress.

It's now 6:30pm and frostbite has well and truly set in, while my Pentax has decided that now is the time to decide that "centre focus" is (somehow) a massively ambiguous command. Still.. it's Kit Harrington. He knows nothing as Jon Snow, so I'm not as fussed as I might have been.

It's now 6:30pm and frostbite has well and truly set in, while my Pentax has decided that now is the time to decide that "centre focus" is (somehow) a massively ambiguous command. Still.. it's Kit Harrington. He knows nothing as Jon Snow, so I'm not as fussed as I might have been.

I had no idea Justin Bieber had joined the cast of Game of Thrones (?). However, given a large percentage of the characters suffer brutally depraved deaths, I'm not in principle opposed to offering Justin Bieber a role. Assuming that is him.

I had no idea Justin Bieber had joined the cast of Game of Thrones (?). However, given a large percentage of the characters suffer brutally depraved deaths, I'm not in principle opposed to offering Justin Bieber a role. Assuming that is him.

"I know that the capital of Mongolia is Ulan Bator.... and that's not NOTHING". You tell 'em, Jon.

"I know that the capital of Mongolia is Ulan Bator.... and that's not NOTHING". You tell 'em, Jon.

Outside chance this is Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos (aka. "Lord Friend Zone", Daenarys' (former?) advisor). I'm just dreaming of a world where everything is set on fire, if it will just either make me slightly warmer, or provide more lighting to take photos (and make autofocus) by.

Outside chance this is Liam Cunningham, who plays Ser Davos (aka. "Lord Friend Zone", Daenarys' (former?) advisor). I'm just dreaming of a world where everything is set on fire, if it will just either make me slightly warmer, or provide more lighting to take photos (and make autofocus) by.

"The Friend Zone is a lot better than The No Zone". Eh. As somebody who's played in that position numerous times, I say the jury's out on that... especially as to the words "a lot".

"The Friend Zone is a lot better than The No Zone". Eh. As somebody who's played in that position numerous times, I say the jury's out on that... especially as to the words "a lot".

Meanwhile I also don't know who the lady on the bottom right is. But I like the lighting, which is almost good enough to make me not regret switching off autofocus and trying to manually focus from the fifth row of a tiered crowd, in the cold, around 50m distant, using live view and a camera+lens combination that weighs over one and a half kilos

Meanwhile I also don't know who the lady on the bottom right is. But I like the lighting, which is almost good enough to make me not regret switching off autofocus and trying to manually focus from the fifth row of a tiered crowd, in the cold, around 50m distant, using live view and a camera+lens combination that weighs over one and a half kilos

Still.. if I can drag myself away from my woes, and my desire to smash that dude's IPAD, I can concede that the spectacle is quite impressive, and that I'm getting any kind of focus down to the people in the distance is somewhat of a miracle.

Still.. if I can drag myself away from my woes, and my desire to smash that dude's IPAD, I can concede that the spectacle is quite impressive, and that I'm getting any kind of focus down to the people in the distance is somewhat of a miracle.

"It's fine in real life, thanks for asking. it's just a TV show, you know" Alfie Allen plays the lamentably 'dismembered' former Theon Greyjoy (now "Reek") in the show.

"It's fine in real life, thanks for asking. it's just a TV show, you know" Alfie Allen plays the lamentably 'dismembered' former Theon Greyjoy (now "Reek") in the show.

"It gets me a lot of sympathy, but I'm no fan of misplaced sympathy, Tom, no matter where it leads". Eh... I beg to differ as to the downside of that strategy.

"It gets me a lot of sympathy, but I'm no fan of misplaced sympathy, Tom, no matter where it leads". Eh... I beg to differ as to the downside of that strategy.

"This is the grin that frightens all the ladies... and terrifies all the men". Farq... it's the man who made Theon Greyjoy the man he is today (at the time of writing), one of the few characters I'm glad I'm six rows of fans and a moat away from.

"This is the grin that frightens all the ladies... and terrifies all the men". Farq... it's the man who made Theon Greyjoy the man he is today (at the time of writing), one of the few characters I'm glad I'm six rows of fans and a moat away from.

I'm having to periodically re-evaluate how much of a fan of this show I am, given I can not identify this person (and others) from heavily edited and enhanced and lightened photos taken at long range in near darkness on a camera whose autofocus in the conditions is best described as "disinclined" (possibly Daniel Portman - Podrick Payne?)

I'm having to periodically re-evaluate how much of a fan of this show I am, given I can not identify this person (and others) from heavily edited and enhanced and lightened photos taken at long range in near darkness on a camera whose autofocus in the conditions is best described as "disinclined" (possibly Daniel Portman - Podrick Payne?)

"Don't worry, Mum, he looks weird but he won't try anything : neither of us are his sister". Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays one of Westeros' other well-loved amputees, Jaime Lannister.

"Don't worry, Mum, he looks weird but he won't try anything : neither of us are his sister". Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays one of Westeros' other well-loved amputees, Jaime Lannister.

I'm astounded that out of some 1700 photos I took on the evening, one of only about two dozen that turned out acceptably sharp were (a) of a person, (b) that I haven't photographed before, who (c) plays a character I like in the show. (Sadly, Peter Dinklage did not - I hope - attend)

I'm astounded that out of some 1700 photos I took on the evening, one of only about two dozen that turned out acceptably sharp were (a) of a person, (b) that I haven't photographed before, who (c) plays a character I like in the show. (Sadly, Peter Dinklage did not - I hope - attend)

Sadly, once again,it's somebody I don't recognise from the show but who I'm photographing because they're temporarily well lit, not obscured, and being interviewed. Could be the prime minister of Lithuania for all I know.

Sadly, once again,it's somebody I don't recognise from the show but who I'm photographing because they're temporarily well lit, not obscured, and being interviewed. Could be the prime minister of Lithuania for all I know.

I feel like this actor might have played Juliet's father in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo+Juliet" but it's just as likely (if not more so) that he's in Game of Thrones. It's got a pretty big cast listing. Some of whose characters are still alive at the time of writing this

I feel like this actor might have played Juliet's father in Baz Luhrman's "Romeo+Juliet" but it's just as likely (if not more so) that he's in Game of Thrones. It's got a pretty big cast listing. Some of whose characters are still alive at the time of writing this

I don't know who this is, but if it's not Arya, The Hound or Tyrion Lannister I don't (right now) care. Suit wihtout a tie, though... no a bad look.

I don't know who this is, but if it's not Arya, The Hound or Tyrion Lannister I don't (right now) care. Suit wihtout a tie, though... no a bad look.

One person I do recognise (even at this distance) is actress Sophie Turner, who plays the (up-til-now) largely useless Sansa Stark in the show.

One person I do recognise (even at this distance) is actress Sophie Turner, who plays the (up-til-now) largely useless Sansa Stark in the show.

While we're here : a reminder : this is represents a 1/3 zoom of how far I am from this premiere (and how dark it is) (yes I know the actors are occasionally well lit... but weren't you listening? I SHOOT PENTAX)

While we're here : a reminder : this is represents a 1/3 zoom of how far I am from this premiere (and how dark it is) (yes I know the actors are occasionally well lit... but weren't you listening? I SHOOT PENTAX)

"I can't promise that Sansa Stark will suddenly become a vengeance-seeking world-class ninja anytime soon, I do hope to spend less time crying despondently this season. That's not a spoiler... I'm jus hoping this happens"

"I can't promise that Sansa Stark will suddenly become a vengeance-seeking world-class ninja anytime soon, I do hope to spend less time crying despondently this season. That's not a spoiler... I'm jus hoping this happens"

Conleth Hill plays Lord Vayrs ('the spider')... but weirdly in real life he's better dressed and has hair and isn't all sleazy... in many ways this makes him even more potentially dangerous...

Conleth Hill plays Lord Vayrs ('the spider')... but weirdly in real life he's better dressed and has hair and isn't all sleazy... in many ways this makes him even more potentially dangerous...

Lord Varys hanging around Sansa Stark... there's no way that could backfire for either party, I guess...

Lord Varys hanging around Sansa Stark... there's no way that could backfire for either party, I guess...

Ordinarly I wouldn't really feel he need to apologise for posting this many consecutive photos of a good looking actress, even if she's hugging another man. However in this case, the photo is also notable for containing Sherlock's brother (and series creator/writer) Mark Gatiss, who plays a banker of the Iron Bank of Daavos (or something) in the series.

Ordinarly I wouldn't really feel he need to apologise for posting this many consecutive photos of a good looking actress, even if she's hugging another man. However in this case, the photo is also notable for containing Sherlock's brother (and series creator/writer) Mark Gatiss, who plays a banker of the Iron Bank of Daavos (or something) in the series.

Mark Gatiss! and, now in the spot he's vacated, it's Johathan Pryce!

Mark Gatiss! and, now in the spot he's vacated, it's Johathan Pryce!

Jonathan Pryce is (arguably) best know for being Keira Knightley's father in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Plus he's been a Bond Villian (Pierce Brosnan era Bond villain, but it still counts)

Jonathan Pryce is (arguably) best know for being Keira Knightley's father in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Plus he's been a Bond Villian (Pierce Brosnan era Bond villain, but it still counts)

Playing the role of 'dearly departed' at this premiere it's the Late Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance. (I'd mention it as a spoile, but come on... you're not uptodate on Game of Thrones? SHAME ON YOU!)

Playing the role of 'dearly departed' at this premiere it's the Late Tywin Lannister, played by Charles Dance. (I'd mention it as a spoile, but come on... you're not uptodate on Game of Thrones? SHAME ON YOU!)

Gwendoline Christie plays Briene of Tarth, who may or may not be a talented soprano and whose character may be sporting a dress like this in the upcoming season.

Gwendoline Christie plays Briene of Tarth, who may or may not be a talented soprano and whose character may be sporting a dress like this in the upcoming season.

Because I've got a (F**KING) conference call with the United States in just under 90mins, I have to leave the premiere before it's over. I'm not so much disappointed by this as I am... what's the word... willing to kill somebody painfully over this. That, and I haven't had dinner, am tired, am cold, and know I've taken shitty photos. Valar morghulis, y'all.

Because I've got a (F**KING) conference call with the United States in just under 90mins, I have to leave the premiere before it's over. I'm not so much disappointed by this as I am... what's the word... willing to kill somebody painfully over this. That, and I haven't had dinner, am tired, am cold, and know I've taken shitty photos.

Valar morghulis, y'all.

It hurts not only that I have to leave this premiere, but that a perfectly good spot such as this one  (a zoom into the transparent marquee in the photo previous to this one) was OFF LIMITS to fans. I had barely enough time to take this photo before I was told by security to 'keep moving' so that a footpath that could accommodate crowds FOUR DEEP was kept totally clear HOURS after nobody was using it. Valar Morghulis to you too, security goon.

It hurts not only that I have to leave this premiere, but that a perfectly good spot such as this one  (a zoom into the transparent marquee in the photo previous to this one) was OFF LIMITS to fans. I had barely enough time to take this photo before I was told by security to 'keep moving' so that a footpath that could accommodate crowds FOUR DEEP was kept totally clear HOURS after nobody was using it.

Valar Morghulis to you too, security goon.

I'm not going to lie, that was rubbish. The location was spectacular, but the lighting was apalling, the lack of a stage annoying, and the lack of exterior visibility of arriving stars totally misused the opportunity afforded by the venue. And security were idiots who should be allowed access to any mental process more taxing than contemplating the rounded edges of a spoon.

I'd say "until next time" but frankly that's meant to be tomorrow and I'm not sure I could be bothered right now..... but I probably can. (Also, it's past midnight, which means "next time" is theoretically "later today")

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