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”

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