Inside True Blood Season Four: The Tone Meeting

February 28, 2011 by  

Producing True Blood: Step One

true blood logoHave you ever wondered what goes in to producing an episode of True Blood? The short answer would be a lot! But writer behind the Inside True Blood blog has decided to answer that particular question in a series of postings with the first one being about the tone meeting.

In the context of a play, a book, or a television show such as True Blood the tone generally refers to the style of that work or in this case television show. In True Blood, a tone meeting is the first step in the production process for show creator Alan Ball, executive producer Greg Feinberg, the director for the episode, and the cinematographer to all sit down together for the first time and go through the episode at hand.

This is important to do because in going through the episode they discuss issues of tone and style of the show, especially directors that are new to working with the show. This helps ensure that everyone is on the same page about the episode and that it fits within the whole rest of the season. For example, if  Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) suddenly became the best of friends in an episode when the audience knows that they’re had their share of issues for three seasons, that would look strange now wouldn’t it?

So that is why the tone meeting is the first step in the production process.

Are you interested to know what goes on behind the scenes of True Blood? What do you think are some of the other steps to producing the show? Tell us in the comment section below!

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “The Tone Meeting”

(Image Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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  • Anonymous

    This is interesting. I think technical folks are amazing. An actor can be the best in the wold, but without the vision and knowledge of the writer, producter, director and cinematographer they would be just saying lines and looking good. – Not to say spending several hours just looking at the True Blood cast would be a bad thing. So please continut Inside True Blood.

  • Anonymous

    Who wouldn’t LOVE to be a fly on the wall for those meetings!!!! I just wish they would start giving us peeks into this season!!!! ****HELLO ARE YOU LISTENING***** 😉

  • Anonymous

    Who wouldn’t LOVE to be a fly on the wall for those meetings!!!! I just wish they would start giving us peeks into this season!!!! ****HELLO ARE YOU LISTENING***** 😉

    • Jaxx

      Totally agree Loleaf. It’s March and hardly any spoilers. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. How far are they into the season?? Is Russell coming back this season?? Who has amnesia?? Inquiring minds want to know. lol.

      • Shanea O’Connor

        I tend to think it’s a good thing Jax. 🙂 I was just saying to Isis the other day that sometimes I feel like I know too much, lol! But in answer to your question I think they might be up to episode 4 or 5 considering I just posted casting calls for episodes 5 and 6. But it’s hard to say for sure. I wrote up an interview with Sam Trammell last month and he said they work on multiple episodes at one time.

        Paley might prove fruitful though. One never knows! 😉