Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev Nominated for an Art Director’s Guild Award

January 13, 2011 by  

True Blood Recognized for Production Design

True Blood, as we all know, is set in both the fictional town of Bon Temps and the real life city of Shreveport, Louisiana. But as we have seen in seasons two and three, vampires, shape shifters, and werewolves aren’t just confined to Louisiana but also to other parts of the South such as Dallas, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi. In reality, the show is actually shot in and around Los Angeles, CA. So who is responsible for bringing the South to Southern California? The production designer of course!

Production designer Suzuki Ingerslev has recently been recognized by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) in the form of a nomination for Excellence in Production Design for Television for the season three episode entitled “Trouble.”  In addition to working on True Blood for the past three seasons, Ms. Ingerslev has also been the production designer for In Treatment and Shark. She also collaborated with Alan Ball on the series Six Feet Under serving as both production designer and art director.

Creating the World of True Blood: A Production Designer’s Job

What does a production designer do exactly? On True Blood, Ms. Ingerslev is in charge of how everything should look and feel on every set or location. She decides what the floor of Merlotte’s should look like, what’s behind the bar at Fangtasia, and how Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) has designed his house for example. This includes picking out furniture, deciding on wall colors, and finding things that a character might own. Together all of these carefully designed details make up what we the viewers have come to know as the world of True Blood.

We here at TBN would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Suzuki Ingerslev and hope that she wins for the fantastic work she did in “Trouble!” The winners will be announced on February 5, 2011.

To learn more about what Suzuki does on the show be sure to check out the interview TBN conducted with her here.

Sources: The Art Director’s Guild– The Art Director’s Guild Award Nominations 2010– “Suzuki Ingerslev”

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Edited By: Taylor Usry aka LoveEric

  • tabby1249

    Congratulations Suzuki! TB has some of the best production values in television. I record every episode of True Blood and after I watch the story, I often go back just to take in the sets and costumes. Suzuki’s sets are so detailed and true to life that they are a real pleasure to see. Thank you so much for your work and good luck! You deserve any award you receive.