HBO’s Inside True Blood: 2nd Fan Question Answered

May 6, 2011

Season 4 Episode Question:

True BloodHBO’s Inside True Blood blog has answered fan question number 2. The question was a long one, but a particularly good one:

Are scenes from more than one episode involving the same character shot on the same day? (Am thinking mostly about where some actors/actresses bulk up or down and how that is managed if scenes from episode 1 and 9 are shot the same day early on, and then other scenes from the same are shot a month or two later)

To which Sobol gave a fairly short answer: “It depends.”

She was quick to elaborate though. Basically, with each season, only a couple of scripts are released at once. So while they may be able to combine scenes for episode 1 and 2, it is impossible to shoot episodes 1 and 4.

Also, it depends on factors such as time sensitive or secret locations. She used the latter as an example:

“For instance, the SUPER SECRET PLACE we are at for the end of episode 9, that goes into episode 10, is location sensitive. So we will shoot that all in the same week. If a location is particularly expensive or sensitive, we will cram it all into a day, or as few days as possible.”

Other things can also contribute to when a scene is shot, and whether it needs to be shot alongside other scenes or episodes. These factors can include: high maintenance episodes, continuity of space, time of day, the gore factor, as well as any elements of surprise that may crop up.

Source: HBO Inside True Blood – Second Fan Question Answered…

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Video: True Blood Season 4 Teaser

April 7, 2011

Waiting Sucks: Pam

Pam faces off with a witch to help her makerEarlier this week HBO released the next clip in its Waiting Sucks campaign and this particular scene takes place after Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) falls victim to “amnesia” and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) is on a mission (in a super sassy outfit!) to get her maker back to normal. However, it’s immediately obvious that no matter how threatening Pam is to Marnie (Fiona Shaw), the witch isn’t planning to reverse the spell she’s put on the vampire Sherriff. Watch the clip below.

From the sounds of that laugh at the end of the clip, Marnie is going to be quite a handful this season. And it sounds like Shaw is just the person to play her. According to Lauren Bowles, who plays Merlotte‘s waitress Holly, Shaw is a very focused actor:

“If there’s one thing Fiona Shaw could never be accused of as an actor, that would be phoning it in. I have seen the woman (on two hours sleep) learn an entire monologue in Latin and perform it with faultless elocution that would have made the Pope proud. She’s what you would call a master craftsman. I’m not sure if I want her to be my mother or my mentor or maybe my lover.”

What do you think Truebies? Does Marnie look like a believable witch? And how about that face-off?! Pam against Marnie, Lafayette, Jesus, and Tara? Guns and candles and a salt circle? Sounds like a perfect combination for some craziness.

Waiting Sucks: Pam


Waiting Sucks: Pam

Source: Inside True Blood – Waiting Sucks: Clearing the Air

(Photo Source: Down in the Water blog)


True Blood’s Jessica Tuck Opens Up About Nan Flanagan

April 6, 2011

True Blood's Jessica Tuck talks about her alter ego Nan Flanagan

Inside True Blood Interviewed Tuck on April 1

Jessica Tuck plays Nan Flanagan, the never speechless (well, unless you pull a King of Mississippi and you wrench someone’s heart out of their chest on live TV) and always fearless spokesperson for the American Vampire League on HBO‘s hit drama True Blood. Flanagan is one of those characters that you don’t always see much of, but when you do, her scenes always stand out. Tuck sat down with Inside True Blood blog‘s writer Gianna Sobol and talked about the fans, life as Nan,and Team Eric vs. Team Bill.

Best Fan Reaction:

“It was very early on in the show, I was at home visiting my family in New York. And New Yorkers don’t really react to actors; I’ve never gotten recognized in the city. People don’t care, they walk around minding their own business. But this guy walked up to me and said “Oh my god! You’re Nan! I love you, man!” And he gave me this huge hug, then kept on walking. And I thought that was so much fun, he dug Nan and that was really nice.”

The Upside of Playing Nan:

“The fact that she has two sides – that upscale, sophisticated Diane Sawyer spokesperson-y side, and then her crass, bitchy…side. I love that I get to play the two extremes.”

Cons of Being Out of the Coffin:

“As the spokesperson for the American Vampire League, I have to behave myself, and that is so boring. I have to tow the party line, though like many of my kind, I fall off the wagon every once in a while.”

Favorite True Blood scene?

“I had a couple of scenes with Alexander Skarsgård, where I got to say things like, “Listen, you whiny little bitch.” It just makes me laugh that he’s ten feet tall and could take me out with the flick of his finger, and I get to scream and yell and threaten him. I had a good time, giving him a piece of my mind.”

Team Eric or Team Bill?

“What do you mean? Where’s the option of Team Nan? I’m not on anyone’s team. They’re on mine… if they’re lucky.”

To read Tuck’s interview in its entirety, please click here.

What do you think Nan will be up to in season four, Truebies? More of the same? Or will we maybe see a different side to the spokesperson?

Source: Inside True Blood – Nan Flanagan: Both Sides of the Issue

(Photo Credit: Wikia)


Inside True Blood Speaks to Alan Ball’s Writer’s Assistant

March 1, 2011

HBO’s Benjamin Haynes Talks

Benjamin HaynesSo you would like to be a writer on True Blood? Recently Inside True Blood spoke to Benjamin Haynes, the person who takes notes for Alan Ball, to help give us some insight on what goes on behind the scenes.  Here is what he had to say:

With the writers breaking and outlining episode 8, I’ve been in the room taking copious notes and keeping them on track.  In short, I document everything the writers say, orders the chaos, and act as the True Blood dictionary whenever a question comes up in the writer’s room.

But not everything is so clear cut.  He shared that the weirdest thing he had to do was attempt to do a voice over as several Southern people — with male AND female voices.

So, what would Haynes be if he didn’t already have his dream job?

I think in an alternate universe I’m probably working as an Emergency Room physician.  But if we’re talking no-limit fantasy jobs, then I’d pick Benevolent Dictator of some place like Barcelona, if Barcelona were a city-state.

Well, we’re glad he’s happiest in the job he already has. Keep up the great work Benjamin!

Source: Inside True Blood Blog – The Guy Who Takes Notes For Alan Ball

(Photo Credit: Inside True Blood Blog/HBO, Inc.)

Edited by: Diana Edwards and Shanea O’Connor


Ice Cream for True Blood!

February 26, 2011

Frozen Treats for the Cast & Crew Compliments of Alan Ball

Cool Haus Ice Cream Truck for True BloodSeason 4 of True Blood must be hot! Show creator Alan Ball treated the cast and crew to a cool down this week — ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus. Flavors included brown butter, maple bacon and the extremely popular, peanut butter.

Thanks to lucky insider Gianna Sobol‘s blog, we get a sneak peek behind the scenes of True Blood cast and production. Inside True Blood can be found Here.

Alan treats to ice cream (or is it, “I scream”) for True Blood Cast and Crew.  Alexander Woo treats everyone to french fries. What’s next?


(Photo: HBO, Inc.)

Edited by: Diana Edwards