True Blood In The Heat Of Louisiana

July 25, 2009 by  

truebloodx-largeStacy Plaisance, from  Associated Press, provides us with a glimpse onto the set of Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood during its shoot in Clinton, Louisiana. In her report, Ms. Plaisance presents some details regarding some of the scenes that are being shot in Louisiana, which to some,  may be seen as spoilers.  Therefore, a word of caution for those who wish not to be spoiled.   Ms. Plaisance describes one of the scenes that viewers will see later on in the season where  Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) return home from Dallas :

Sookie Stackhouse and her brother Jason are returning from Dallas to the tiny Louisiana town of Bon Temps. But something is wrong: Newspapers drift in the steamy air; fruit stands and flower stalls are overturned; graffiti assaults signs and a courthouse statue; and trash and clothes litter streets and lawns.”

They can only imagine the chaos that the town has endured as we get to enjoy every moment as it unfolds.

Ms. Plaisance’s description of Clinton, La allows the reader experience the atmosphere of the surroundings and explains why Alexander Woo felt it would be perfect for the sets backdrop:

“The sticky heat, mossy greenery, white columned houses and slow-moving lifestyle also added to the allure, and gave a dimension and authenticity to the series that can only be captured here.”

Mr. Woo adds:

The moment you step off the plane, you feel you’re in the world of the show, “You don’t  have to imagine you’re there.”

Ms. Plaisance also goes onto describe the frustration we all felt of  True Blood’s Emmy snub:

“Despite its critical acclaim and strong fan base, the show got only two Emmy nominations last week, for outstanding casting and main title design. Nothing for star Anna Paquin, who picked up a Golden Globe for her role as Sookie, or for Ball. Fans Twittered and blogged their outrage. “It is rather frustrating that the Emmys have continued their tradition of ignoring genre work except in the technical departments. … We can only hope that next year is the year that finally brings down the wall,” one blog read.”

The actors discuss how the extreme Louisiana heat affect their performance and actually helps them get into character:

“It makes you move slower, which is interesting for character,” Moyer said. “I understand now why people move so slow down here.”

Anna Paquin added:

“You have to move slower, or you’ll pass out,” Paquin said, laughing.”

The scene that was being shoot the day that Ms. Plaisance was on the set is a spoiler that will broadcast later in the the season:

“The sequence shot on this day was a dance scene. Paquin, in a sundress with her hair in a sleek up-do, and Moyer in black suit, do a modified jitterbug to the Jerry Lee Lewis song “Before the Night Is Over.” Between takes, the actors chill out in a back room at the B&B where stylists touch up their makeup.”

The author tells us on when we could expect to see the episode that was filming:

“Footage from the Louisiana shoot will appear in upcoming episodes and the season finale, set to air on Sept. 13, which is expected to include the dance scene”

To read the Full article by Stacy Plaisance in the San Francisco Chronicle:

(photo credit: HBO Inc.)