Michael Slovis will be joining the rotation of “Game of Thrones” directors in Season 5 by directing both the premiere and second episode of the season.
The director announced the news himself at an event at his alma mater the Rochester Institute of Technology in May, Winter is Coming reports. He will join the likes of Alex Graves, Alan Taylor, David Nutter and Michelle MacLaren as recognizable names helming the show.
Recently Graves announced that he will be taking a break from directing “Game of Thrones” in Season 5, though he plans to return in Season 6. Neil Marshall also seems doubtful that he will return in Season 5 for a one-off episode.
For many years, Slovis was known best for his work in cinematography. He has become increasingly involved in directing in recent years, doing stints on “Breaking Bad,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” When speaking at RIT, he explained how he will transition to the fantasy world of “Game of Thrones.”
“The methodology, the method is the same, it really is. You’re looking for an honest, not precious, not put-upon way of portraying the scene,” he says (full transcript here). “The way that every one of the film sets that I direct runs is … You come in, and you read the material, as a group. Then we put it on its feet and you just guide actors, you don’t tell them what you want and very often if you trust them, you’ll get something better than what you ever imagined in your head beforehand. So if you listen and work together. It’s the most collaborative part of the film-making process, is the director and the actor relationship.”
“Game of Thrones” Season 5 is expected to premiere in spring 2015.