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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON: The 'Impossible' Location made possible with Virtual Production

December 6, 2022, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you and a guest
to a special behind-the-scenes presentation


The 'Impossible' Location made possible with
Virtual Production on HBO's House of the Dragon

House of the Dragon Executive Producer and Director Greg Yaitanes
and Virtual Production Supervisor Ryan Beagan break down key sequences shot on The Volume.
Hear about the challenges production faced and the solutions created by the team.

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

Norris Cinema Theatre at the Frank Sinatra Hall
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007




About the Guests

GREG YAITANES (Executive Producer, Director, SCA Alumnus)

Greg Yaitanes is a visionary, Emmy-winning director and producer known for his ability to build new worlds through technical ingenuity while preserving his refined artistic aesthetic on-screen.

Yaitanes served as the Co-Executive producer of HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, for which he also directed three episodes including the critically acclaimed season finale. The final episode "The Black Queen" drew in HBO’s largest global audience, surpassing the international viewership of Game of Thrones.

Prior to that, Yaitanes Executive Produced and Directed Castle Rock for J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, as well as for Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone. Additionally, Yaitanes served as Showrunner, Executive Producer, and sole Director for Netflix's Manhunt: Unabomber, Cinemax’s revered series Quarry as well as the rave-reviewed cult favorite Banshee. It was his work on the global phenomenon House that earned him a Primetime Emmy® Award in 2008 for ‘Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.’ Between House and Banshee, Greg has led his team to 29 Emmy nominations and six wins. His 30-year career includes a myriad of acclaimed episodes for The Old Man, Snowfall, Grey’s Anatomy, Genius: Picasso, Lost, and the pilot episode of Bones, which ran for 13 seasons.

Yaitanes is also known for his technological foresight and is a respected name in Silicon Valley. An early angel investor in Twitter, Square, and Pinterest, Greg continues to advise, invest and give talks around the world on his directorial process, the symbiosis of technology & storytelling and his passion for efficiency. In 2015 Yaitanes co-founded and launched the popular clean cosmetics brand Kosas.

Yaitanes currently resides in Los Angeles with his three kids; Van, Leo, and Electra and his fiancé Eve.

RYAN BEAGAN (Virtual Production Supervisor)

Ryan Beagan started fourteen years ago in facial capture, body capture and the associated production pipeline at Robert Zemeckis’s ImageMovers Digital. He’s gone on to lead large teams and guide the build of complex pipelines on numerous feature films. Always pushing to bring technology to set that works for filmmakers, it was working on Disney’s The Jungle Book, where the breakthrough to use game engines on set unlocked the true power of virtual production. His work on Ready Player One, The Call of the Wild and The Witches all continued the evolution of what a real time workflow can mean for the filmmaking process. His most recent project was leading the build of V Stage at Warner Bros Studios, Leavesden in the UK, a state of the art LED virtual production stage, in close partnership with the first show to use the stage, HBO’s House of the Dragon.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. A reservation confirmation will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago