True Blood Season 2: More Behind The Scenes From Louisiana

July 13, 2009

true_blood_bill_and_ericCurrently the cast and crew of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood are in Clinton and Baton Rouge, Louisiana shooting scenes for episode 10 for season 2.  The local media has been covering the cast and crew’s visit to the area by featuring them in local news reports and articles.  Nola.com reports that the cast has be filming for several days in Clinton (which is standing in for the fictional town of Bon Temps, La).  Nola.com reports that “the town’s streets (and trees) were strategically strewn with trash but mostly clothing, for a saucy storyline to play out in a few weeks on the show’s 10th episode of the current season.”  Locals had the opportunity to watch, out-of-frame, Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) and Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) shoot their scenes.

Missorleans990 sent us her account to what she saw on the set of True Blood:

“The cast and crew were in Clinton, LA, a small town about an hour north of Baton Rouge, filming on the main street. The police had the two ends of Main Street closed off, as well as the area around the historic court house. However, I could see that there were clothes strewn all over the street and sidewalks. According to the LSU newspaper, the Reveille, the Clinton Main street is serving as the setting for Bon Temps, and they were filming for episode 10. Some of the stars there were Anna Paquin, Ryan Kwanten, and Nelsan Ellis. Wish I could have seen more, but if they were filming on Sunday they got rained out, and when I drove by Sunday afternoon they had packed up and moved out.”

There was one interesting visitor that did happened to  “drop in” on the cast and crew of True Blood during their visit in Clinton.  An ailing Clinton baby bat fell from a tree near the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse (built in 1840) as the production was preparing to shoot a scene.

The set’s medic Holly O’Quin, who works as a nurse during the day at the Ochsner Health Center immediately went to the bat’s rescue and called her brother, Jeff Galpin, who works as a New Orleans stunt coordinator and animal wrangler for film-and-TV productions.  He stated toMs. Quinn to nurse the baby bat back to health by “feeding it regular doses of evaporated milk and egg whites” administered by a needle-less syringe.  Many on the set, including Anna, were concerned for the the bat’s well-being.  The baby bat made a full recovery and flew off at the end of production on Monday.

During their off time the cast and crew are taking the opportunity to enjoy the sights in Louisiana.  Nola.com reports that on Sunday, Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and several production officials visited New Orleans and attended a large dinner party at Galatoire’s where Deborah Ann Woll joined the group.

Several days earlier Stephen Moyer took in the sights of New Orleans on his own, walking the French Quarter.  During his excursion Stephen took photos of the French Quarter and took in a cup of coffee where some locals recognized him.  Stephen stated that:

“I saw a coffeehouse in a courtyard, and I wandered in there,” a native of England, about his first-ever trip to New Orleans. “The coffee looked great. And sitting at the table were two New Orleans mimes, dressed in silver, having a coffee break. They were talking (but) went into mime (poses) as I walked past.”

Upon getting his cup of coffee Stephen returned to the mines sitting at the table and offered them gratuity in exchange for taking their photo.

“This is the only thing she said,” said Moyer of one of the mimes, approximating her thick “True Blood“-homage accent. ” ‘Anything for you, Bill Compton.'”

WVLA- Baton Rouge at nbc33tv.com reports behind the scenes from the set of True Blood in Louisiana in a video clip. To view the behind the scenes video click here.

We must mention several special thank yous. To amberhavens for providing us with the link to the NBC True Blood Behind The Scenes video in NOLA. Also to Missorlean990 for providing us with her first person account from the set of True Blood.

SOURCE:

nola.com

nbc33tv.com

Missorleans900

IMDb.com

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)

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True Blood Season 2: Behind The Scenes in Louisiana

July 11, 2009

A special thank you goes out to pbartteacher for sending us information about the arrival of the cast and crew of Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood who are shooting in Louisiana.  The crew is setting up to shoot in Clinton, Louisiana (a town in East Feliciana Parish) with filming also taking place at several locations in Baton Rouge.  Part of the reason for  shooting in Louisiana is to capture the essence of the South; and as executive producer Gregg Fienberg states, “It’s really important for them (the actors) to get a chance to be in Louisiana and feel the heat and see the town.”  It also helps that Louisiana provides a new tax credit (30% on whatever is spent in the state) for studios wishing to film in the state making it more enticing to shoot productions there.

The cast of True Blood are currently shooting episode 10 in Clinton, Louisiana and they should wrap up shooting over the weekend.  Anna Paquin stated that “It’s beautiful down here.” “Nothing really looks like the South except the South … It’s really important to come down here and capture it.”  The cast and crew hope to return to Clinton to do some more filming if the show is picked up for a third season (for which we, True Blood fans, are all wishing.

Here are a few photos from the cast and crew in Louisiana from lsureveille.com thanks to pbartteacher for the links to the photos and a video of behind the scenes from Louisiana with a shout out to The Vault for the find.

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SOURCE:
David Spunt from wafb.com
Kyle Bove from lsureveille.com
Pbartteacher for the links to the stories
The Vault for the find on the Behind the Scenes video from visitbatonrouge.com

(Photo credit: lsureveille.com)

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