I was lucky enough to interview the very gifted, Suzuki Ingerslev last summer at Comic Com 2013 to discuss the set designs she has created for True Blood. You can see this full interview which is in our exclusive interview section here. I can attest to her genius and above that, she is truly the nicest person you ever want to meet. She has even been kind enough to allow us to interview her a total of four times since True Blood began in 2008. Check out the other interviews with her that also include lots of set photos, here.
Today, at The Hollywood Reporter, they have sneaked us a look at the season five DVD extra which focus’ on the ornate set design of True Blood, where creator Alan Ball recalled conversations he had with “genius” that is his production designer.
His criteria for the council was: “It should look ancient and contemporary.”
Suzuki told me of this inspriation when I spoke to her, of a visit to Istanbul, where she went to a place called the Sunken Palace (or the Basilica Cistern), which served as the inspiration for the Vampire Authority’s lair.
“When I went to that space a long time ago, I said, ‘Oh my god, this is the most amazing space I’ve ever seen. It’d be so great to film something in here,’ ” she said.
In turn, she “incorporated some of the design elements from that place and put them on to stage, and created this kind of vast space for the vampires that shows power and scale and dynamics.”
Don’t forget Trubies that True Blood Season 6 premieres June 16 on HBO. The fifth-season DVD set hits stores May 21.
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