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Last night, after Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer attended the Elton John Oscar watching party event, the couple moved on to the Vanity Fair After Oscar Party which followed the 86th Academy Awards and was held at Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles. Evan Rachel Wood (Queen Sophie Anne) also attended the event, so we’ve added a photo of her and more to the photo gallery.

Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin at Vanity Fair After Oscar Party

Evan Rachel Wood at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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Several True Blood cast members attended the Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday night, March 2, 2014. In attendance were Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell who were at the event as co-chairs.

Ryan KwantenSam TrammellStephen Moyer and Anna Paquin

Update: It’s been pointed out in the comments below that Lara Pulver who played Sookie’s Faery Godmother in True Blood was also at this event, so we have added some photos of Laura to the photo gallery below:

Lara Pulver

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True Blood stars to attend 2014 Elton John Oscar Viewing Party

Posted by Lynnpd On January - 28 - 2014

Mark your calendars True Blood Fans! Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Ryan Kwanten will attend the 2014 The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) 22nd annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.

Below are photos of the trio when they attended last year’s event:

Ryan Kwanten at 2013 Elton John Oscar Viewing Party Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin at 2013 Elton John Oscars Viewing Party

Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the gala event sponsored by the Foundation’s generous corporate friends Chopard, Neuro Drinks and Wells Fargo. Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 86th Academy Awards. Following dinner and an exciting live auction, a special musical guest will take the stage to perform, and DJ Johnny Dynell will spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.

The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fund-raising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past 22 years, this annual event has raised nearly $40 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to support a wide range of initiatives, including direct treatment, care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in marginalized communities, such as among young gay black men; providing injection drug users with clean needles to prevent HIV infection and transmission; and sexual health education for young people in America who are most at risk.
Audi and MAC Viva Glam have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official sponsoring airline.

This year’s event co-chairs are Bill and Tani Austin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Joseph W. Blount, Jim Carrey, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Judi Dench, Greg Gorman, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Diana Jenkins, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Andra Liemandt, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joseph A. McMillan, Jr., Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Pablo and Nathalie Salame, Caroline Scheufele, Bryan Singer, Sharon Stone, Steve Tisch, Steven Tyler, and John Waters.


Two Trubie Sisters Hit the Free Ride World Premiere at HIFF

Posted by Rachel Seiler and Rebecca Fox On October - 28 - 2013

Two Trubie Sisters Hit the Free Ride World Premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival, October 11th 2013.


Act I

Heading to the Hamptons

Each year in mid-October, film buffs from near and far descend upon the famed East End of Long Island for the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), and this year was the first that we were amongst them.

Ask most people what comes to mind when one mentions the Hamptons, they’ll likely say, “Sand! Surf! Sun drenched summer beaches! Celebrities! Swanky parties! Alliteration! (OK, that one was me)”. It’s that for us, too―but it’s also something a bit different. You see, we have lived on Long Island for most of our lives, so this glittering stretch from Southampton to Amagansett is for us part the playground of the stars that it is in the popular imagination, and part the quaint, mostly unchanging collection of villages and hamlets we watched fly by from the back seat on countless family trips to Montauk when we were kids. So, because we’re local-ish the Hamptons feel familiar but also a bit like rarefied space to us. For that reason, even though we live only an hour or so away, we’ve really never spent any time there as adults―that is, until Free Ride starring Anna Paquin and produced by CASM Films, the company she founded with Stephen Moyer made its way onto the HIFF slate of programming and gave us a reason to head East!

As soon as we found out Free Ride would have its World Premiere not at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival but at the HIFF on October 11th right in our own backyard, we scooped up our tickets. Knowing that it would take some time for us to drive from up-Island, as the region west of Riverhead is (sometimes affectionately, sometimes derisively) known, to the UA East Hampton Cinema where Free Ride would screen at 9:15PM and that we wanted to get there in time for the red carpet arrivals, we hit the road early. Our heart rates kicked up a bit with nervous excitement and anticipation as we came around the bend on Route 27, the main artery into the Hamptons, and rolled past the gracious white and green awninged porch of The Maidstone, the HIFF’s charming headquarters.

Driving by Guild Hall and past a sea of people on the street wearing laminates, we knew we had entered ground zero of the festival for real. We parked on a lovely tree lined street a few blocks from the theater at about 7PM and were eager to get to the venue and scope the scene. However, first things first. Remember when the character Cher from the 90’s teen movie Clueless, said “I don’t rely on mirrors so I always take Polaroid’s.”? In this spirit, we took a selfie in the car to make sure we were ready not just to see, but also to be seen, and then we hit the sidewalk.


(Rebecca left, Rachel right)


(theater marquee)

We picked up our tickets at will call and had some time to spare, so we asked around as to where we could go to get a drink. We were told Rowdy Hall, a pub-style restaurant and bar associated with the festival, had amazing mussels and margaritas (the later being what we were really interested in), so we walked down Main Street about five storefronts to order up some liquid courage in the event of a chance meeting with any HIFF VIPs.


(our tickets for Free Ride)


(Rowdy Hall)


(a margarita for Rebecca and cabernet sauvignon for Rachel)

The forecast had called for rain, but instead, it was a lovely fall evening and we were able to sit outside in Rowdy Hall’s courtyard right off Main Street to soak up the festival ambiance as we sipped our drinks.


(Rachel on park bench outside Rowdy Hall)


Act II

Lights, Camera, Action!

At about 8:45 we realized it was “go time” and that we had better get back to the theater. As we walked up Main Street we noticed that a line had started to form, and flashbulbs were popping.


(line outside theater for Free Ride)

We jumped onto the ticket holder line posthaste, but we couldn’t stand still. Irresistible curiosity motivated us to investigate the red carpet, so one at a time so we wouldn’t lose our place, we peeled off the line to check it out.

Leaping over a planter to exit the line, Rebecca was first to make her way towards the lightning storm of camera flashes, and as she made her way back the expression on her face made it plain to see that “it was all happening”. Upon her return she calmly informed me that none other than Stephen Moyer was on the red carpet, so with some effort, I arose from the wrought iron tree railing I was sitting on since my feet were killing me in my heels, and shakily proceeded, camera in hand, to the side of the theater.

Approaching the red carpet, I rather awkwardly tapped into my inner paparazzi, pointing the camera in the general direction of the HIFF backdrop and snapping away. I felt weird standing there alongside the more official-looking photographers, and, honestly, a bit uncomfortable and self conscious actually taking the pictures, so I assumed that whatever shots I had been able to get would be unusable. However, when I rejoined Rebecca on the ticket holder’s line and we took a look at the camera, it turned out that I had actually gotten a few decent pics.


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(five shots of Stephen Moyer on HIFF red carpet for Free Ride)


Let The Show Begin!

At this point the line had started moving so we had to queue up again to enter the building. Once inside, we immediately deployed “Plan A”, which was based upon our experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival: if one wants to be close to the after-film panel discussion that may very well take place tonight, one ought to sit as close as possible to the screen.

Once comfortably ensconced in our fifth row seats, Rebecca strategically left the theater to “go to the ladies” (AKA, conduct recon). Within minutes I grew impatient and rendezvoused with her in the restroom, at which point she disclosed that she had seen seat markers in the rear of the house for festival guests. We decided it was time to play musical chairs and as we reentered the theater, there we saw Stephen Moyer in the aisle near the seats marked, “special guests”. Without a second thought, Rebecca turned to a woman in the row directly behind his row, and boldly asked, “are these seats taken?”, to which she answered “no”, so Plan B was officially in effect as we found a new home amongst the festival guests and film makers. I went down to retrieve the coat I had left in row five, and upon returning we took our seats in the row directly behind Mr. Moyer who was sitting one row in front, to the far right against the wall. He was noshing on popcorn he said had been given to him by a theater employee as a birthday gift and chatting with friends and fellow producers.

We felt like we should say something or at least attempt to introduce ourselves, but not being the types to interrupt conversations already in progress, we didn’t. When the house lights started to dim, our hearts both sank a bit. We were feeling like we had missed our chance, but we whispered our agreement that we would seize the moment when the lights came back up (hey, he would have to walk right past us to get out of the theater anyway, right?) and we settled down to enjoy the film, five and six seats, respectively, away from where Mr. Moyer was seated, donning black framed glasses.

Our vantage point was interesting and definitely had its perks in terms of our being able to observe some of his idiosyncratic reactions; for instance, at a point in the film that didn’t seem particularly comedic, Stephen burst out laughing quite audibly. We looked at each other and laughed too, although not quite out loud, assuming that something about that scene must have been somewhat of an inside joke to him.

Act IV

About the Film   

Free Ride takes an honest, intimate, and at times intensely emotional look at what happens when a family with few options tries for a better life but gets sucked into a criminal underworld. Anna Paquin gave a completely un-Sookie performance as a single mother fleeing domestic violence and trying to start anew with her two daughters; also featured in the film is True Blood alum Brit Morgan who, on the other hand, essentially reprised her role as Debbie Pelt in her portrayal of a woman deep into the drug scene and on a downward spiral.

Set in the 1970s and also starring Drea Di Matteo (HBO’s The Sopranos) and Cam Gigandet (Burlesque, Priest with Stephen Moyer), Free Ride is based on the life experiences of writer-director Shana Betz, who as a child relocated from Ohio to Florida with her mother (the character Christina, played by Anna) and older sister. Starting out cleaning houses and moving quickly onto drug running, Christina gets involved with a fast crowd and ends up making less-than-ideal life choices that lead to her eventual arrest―but she is above all else a survivor, and it is obvious that her every move flows from her strong drive to provide for her daughters in a world where her opportunities are limited. It’s a story of the pursuit of the American Dream gone sideways that ends in love, hope, and redemption.

We were given scoring ballots for the film and rated it as excellent.


(one of our ballots torn through at the “excellent” rating)

Act V

That’s All Folks…Not Quite!

The Panel Discussion & Our Conversation with Stephen Moyer

As the lights came back up and patrons (including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani) began their march up the aisle and out of the theater, Stephen too made an abrupt exit. We reacted poorly. Fearing the worst―that we had let ourselves, and The Vault readers down because we had blown our chance to speak to him―our fading spirits were almost instantly revived when we saw him reemerge from the shadows to stand right off to the side of where we were sitting.

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award is a prize honoring an outstanding female film maker, and this year’s inaugural award went to Free Ride. This was announced right before the panel discussion about the film commenced and Stephen was called down to take part in it. Also participating were writer-director Shana Betz, actress Liana Liberato (M.J, Christina’s older daughter), and co-producer Mark Larkin.

Free Ride is Ms. Betz’s directorial debut, and she said she was motivated to write the film because society holds a certain (negative, demonized, and above all, monolithic and one-dimensional) image of the “drug dealer” and she wanted the character of Christina to provide a humanizing counterbalance. She talked about how the marijuana trade was different, more innocent, at the time, and how it held open space for her family to move beyond the poverty and lack of opportunity they had known. She spoke of how she wrote this film as a love letter for her older sister who became a de facto mother of sorts during their mom’s descent, and how she feels it is important for women’s stories to be told, through a feminine voice.

Stephen explained how he had gotten involved with the project; he had read the script and was to be cast as the character of “boss man”, but instead decided to put Anna forward to read for the female lead. Ms. Betz shared that he had contacted her to ask whether “his Anna” had seen the script yet and Stephen demurred at her sharing his use of this term of endearment. Since they didn’t want to “bombard the audience” with them on screen together, and he felt that Anna could give the kind of powerful lead performance the film deserved, he took on a producer role instead with his and Anna’s production company and Free Ride became the first film to be produced by CASM.

After a bit more discussion, the moderator opened the floor up to the audience. My hand shot up immediately, and I was called on first; “you all the way in the back…”. I stood and said that I hoped everyone could hear me, and that I would be able to compose myself because I had become quite emotional during the final scene, but that I wanted to thank the crew for offering this story. I shared that as a social worker, I had a sense even before seeing the film, with its harrowing opening scene depicting Christina and her abuser locked in violent physical battle, that the protagonist would be fleeing domestic violence, and that it is so important to show women―like Christina, and like the women who I work with that have been pushed to the fringes of society―not as pariahs but as fully realized, fleshed out, multidimensional human beings who are trying simply to live against the odds.

After speaking, I sat back down and the panel answered a few audience questions. Due to the late hour (it was about 11:30PM) the event had to start wrapping up, and as the theater emptied, we remembered that we had to reclaim the umbrella we had left in row five. Oh darn (snaps fingers), we would have to get closer to where the panelists were still standing and chatting! So we descended the aisle against the grain of exiting filmgoers, and made our way to the foot of the theater.

As we stood there working up the nerve to introduce ourselves to Stephen, Rebecca overheard him ask a festival coordinator, “so is there a party?” and we thought it was absolutely adorable that he didn’t know what the after plans were. The festival worker replied that there was an after party for another film happening at a fabulous Greek Revival-style mansion at 16 Acorn (wherever that is), to which Stephen replied, “is there a password?”. Again, adorable. He was told, “for you,  no password required” and that the party would be offering tacos and margaritas.

No, we did not stalk the party. We know our boundaries, and we kept it classy.

Here’s what we DID do. As Stephen turned to exit the theater, Rebecca stepped partly into the aisle, and by way of introduction led with, “Excuse me, Mr. Moyer, we have been asked to say hello from Lynn from The Vault because we’re covering this event for the site”.

Immediately, a smile of recognition spread across his face, and he stopped, shook both our hands, and so very unnecessarily introduced himself, “hi, I’m Steve”.

This led to quite a sustained, in-depth conversation. I told him I had been the person who had stood and spoken from the back during the panel discussion, and as we spoke about the importance of the feminine voice in cinema, the need for stories like Free Ride to be told, and some of Stephen’s philanthropic work that overlaps with my own such as his involvement with men and women who have been incarcerated, his co-producer at CASM  Mark Larkin drifted over. Stephen introduced us to Mr. Larkin, and we all stood in a circle talking at the foot of the theater until the four of us were herded out by an employee who, looking at her watch, uttered somewhat tiredly, “I’m sorry folks, but it’s time to go…”.

As we headed up the aisle and out of the theater, Stephen asked us where we were from and we told him we were locals of sorts; we also took the chance to tell him that Anna’s performance was phenomenal and we asked him to please convey that to her on our behalf.

We made our way out to the lobby, where our conversation continued. Since others were wishing him a happy birthday, we thought it wouldn’t be inappropriate for us to do so as well, so we did. Stephen then stepped away for a moment to greet the employee who had gifted him with his popcorn, a very enthusiastic True Blood fan.

Since Stephen had just posed for a photo with the concession employee, Rebecca decided this would be an opportune moment to ask for what we thought would be a quick photo for The Vault, but what actually turned into a mini photo shoot, with Mr. Larkin serving as photographer and art director. At one point in the drawn-out process of posing, Stephen remarked that he never should have let his co-producer take charge of the camera, since he’s an artist. Determined to stage the perfect picture and unhappy with the lighting where the three of us had originally stood, Stephen’s directorial side emerged and he set to very gallantly moving the lobby’s velvet ropes out of the way for us. We re-positioned ourselves following his lead, and Mr. Larkin snapped this shot:


After posing for the photo our conversation continued further still, switching gears to True Blood. We shared that we watch the show from a feminist, socio-cultural standpoint and that we’ve been on the phone with each other at two o’clock in the morning many a time over the years after the show airs on Sunday nights, talking about how it comments on our wider culture, and how the show not only holds a mirror up to the culture but also influences it. He agreed that in his opinion, the show is best when it is grounded in and commenting on reality, and then talked a bit about  how True Blood has laid the groundwork for the success of shows like American Horror Story, and the new series that will debut this October as a re-imagining of the classic novel Dracula. We wished him the best with the Free Ride screening at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival the next week, and with Season 7 of True Blood. We intimated that we will be quite bereft when the show is over and he echoed our sentiments, sharing that he too will be bereft when True Blood ends, joking that we’ll have to get together and be bereft together.

On that note, the whole group exited the theater. Standing just outside the lobby entrance was the statuesque writer-director Shana Betz, who spotted Rebecca’s flower that she was wearing in her hair, walked over to us, and cupped the flower in her hand, and exclaimed, “look at you with your flower, so beautiful”. She then turned to me, and said, “you, you’re the social worker, aren’t you, get over here!”. She hugged me, and we engaged in a brief conversation about the film and its impact. She shared her impressions that it’s not so much that audiences aren’t interested in stories like Free Ride that center on poor, single mothers, but that Hollywood studios and funders aren’t always interested in participating in getting these stories told. We shared that we hope Free Ride’s success will help that start to change, said goodnight, and wished everyone well. We experienced Mr. Moyer, Mr. Larkin, and Ms. Betz as warm and genuine people who, despite what had undoubtedly been a very long day for them representing Free Ride, were incredibly generous with their time, and after an amazing evening at the HIFF, we made our way back to the car.

So, remember that Semisonic song, “Closing Time” with the lyrics that go, “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here”? Well, those lyrics certainly ended up ringing true for us that night, but as for what happened next, that’s another story…

The End

Submitted by: Rachel Seiler & Rebecca Fox

Rachel Seiler and Rebecca Fox

Rachel Seiler and Rebecca Fox

Rebecca Fox and Rachel Seiler are sisters who can be found summer Sundays at 9 o'clock doused in the glow of the latest True Blood episode as it flickers across their TV screens and an hour later lit up in discussion about the show's sociocultural impact. Rebecca is a restaurant professional who would have Arlene quaking in her non-slip shoes if she worked at Merlotte’s, and Rachel is a social worker and "baby" sociology professor.
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More True Blood Stars attended the HBO Emmy After Party

Posted by Lynnpd On September - 24 - 2013

Now that the dust has settled from all the Emmy excitement, we have more photos of the True Blood Cast members to display. Many of the cast attended the HBO Emmy After Party on Sunday night, September 22, 2013. Among those that attended (who we could find photos of) were: Anna Camp, Sam Trammell, Adina Porter, Janina Gavankar, Jurnee Smollett Bell and Chris Bauer. Alfre Woodard was seen on the red carpet.

Sam Trammell Alfre Woodard
Jurnee Smollett Bell Anna Camp
Adina Porter Chris Bauer

Janina Gavankar

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Kristin Bauer will not attend Dragon Con 2013

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 26 - 2013

pamhairUnfortunately, Kristin Bauer Van Straten will not be among the True Blood cast attending this weekend’s Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is scheduled from August 30, to September 2, 2013.

As reported by Dragon Con on Facebook, they report the following:

Good news and bad news, Dragon Con fans.  Kristin Bauer has cancelled her appearance at Dragon Con 2013 because of new work. The good news is we will hopefully see her in a movie very soon!

However, there’s still lots of other True Blood cast members who are still scheduled to attend, as follows:

* Janina Gavankar (Luna)

* Jim Parrack (Hoyt)

* Tara Buck (Ginger)

* Lauren Bowles (Holly)

To learn more about this event and to get tickets, go to:

Below is PART 2 of the adventures Jennifer and her two friends Suzanne and Katy had when they came here from the United Kingdom specifically to attend Comic Con, see True Blood locations, and generally have a good time.


After 3 days in LA visiting theme parks we travelled to San Diego for Comic Con. We had a lot of fun cosplaying the Avengers on the Friday and we are excited to experience the madness that is SDCC.



Lynnpd had recommended getting in line early, so we arrived in full Merlotte’s uniform at midnight on the Saturday morning ready for the panel at 3pm. We had nothing but our blankets (Thank you Delta Airlines!) a few bottles of Mountain Dew and a fully charged IPAD.



It turns out when you really want to get a good seat in Ballroom 20 that’s all you really need. After a long cold wait through the night we were let in to the convention center at 8am and managed to secure seats near the front. We watched the Once Upon a Time panels, The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy and American Dad panels and finally it was 3pm.

The True Blood cast was announced. Attending was Rob Kazinsky, Michael McMillian, Anna Camp, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Deborah Ann Woll, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Showrunner Brian Buckner and Anna Paquin. Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård were not scheduled to attend due to other commitments (Stephen was rehearsing for his role as Billy Flynn in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl and Alex was vacationing in Iceland), but it was still fangtastic.

Follow this link to watch videos of the True Blood panel.

On our last day at SDCC we were shopping in the exhibition hall and as we came out of a store we bumped in to Michael McMillian. He was kind enough to take photos with us before his panel with Chronicle Books. Michael was promoting his latest book Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (and other creatures of Satan).

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Below are links to the videos of the panel that Michael McMillian participated in  for Chronicle Books:

Follow this link to see all three videos of Michael’s panel, courtesy of

After the panel Michael was kind enough to sign some autographs! It was a fabulous to end our crazy time at Comic Con and I recommend it to anyone who is a die hard fan of any show.


Check out the other parts of our adventure:

Go to Part 1 – New Orleans and Los Angeles

Go to Part 3 – Meeting Stephen Moyer

True Blood cast on the TV Guide Magazine Yacht at Comic Con

Posted by Lynnpd On August - 1 - 2013

Just when you thought everything that could be reported about True Blood at Comic Con 2013 was posted, you find another video. Here’s a video of the cast onboard a boat at San Diego’s mega con.

Join True Blood stars Joe Manganiello, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Rob Kazinsky, Anna Camp and Rutina Wesley on the TV Guide Magazine Yacht at Comic-Con 2013!



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The Buzz: True Blood at Comic-Con 2013

Posted by Lynnpd On July - 31 - 2013

True Blood is always a big presence at Comic Con each year and this year was no exception. Below is a video that HBO has just put out that shows some of the highlights from the cast attendance at the event.



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The Behind the Music panel was held last week  on Thursday, July 18 at Comic Con and was to be moderated by True Blood’s Janina Gavankar.  Janina couldn’t make it, but True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll joined as a surprise guest moderator for the event!


“Behind the Music with CW3PR” is an annual music panel at WonderCon and Comic-Con that focuses each year on a different aspect celebrating the art of music composition. In past years, the panel has played host to composers and singers behind fan-favorite projects such as “Scream,” “Game of Thrones,” “Spider-Man,” “True Blood,” “Glee,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Arrow,” “Once Upon a Time,” “The Tudors,” “Smash,” and many more.

Geoff Zanelli (“The Lone Ranger” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”), Robert Duncan (“Castle” and “Last Resort”), iZLER (“Revenge” and “Shameless”), FM Le Sieur (“Being Human”), Chris Tilton (“Fringe” and “Almost Human”), Kevin Kiner (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Hell on Wheels”), and Michael Suby (“The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”) hit the stage on Thursday evening at the San Diego Convention Center, as they took turns talking about what it’s like creating music for each of their projects.

As one of the moderators for the evening, Matt Lanter (“90210” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) kicked off the panel by addressing the composers, “I’m excited to be here, because honestly, I’m anxious to hear all your answers. Some of you, we actually have projects in common, others we don’t, so I’m excited to hear [what you have to say].”

True Blood” fans were elated when Janina Gavankar (“True Blood” and “Arrow”) shared her musical talents with the room by sending in a pre-recorded video to address both the fans and panelists as a big fan of musical score, and to give a special announcement for surprise guest moderator and fellow “True Blood” cast member, Deborah Ann Woll.

View Janina’s video hello by clicking on the image below:


Deborah Ann praised the panelists by saying, “As actors, we know very well that every scene, every character, is enhanced by the music that accompanies it, so hopefully we have some inside tips we can get out of you guys.”

Throughout the event, the composers each discussed what it was like working on their respective projects and how aspiring musicians can find themselves writing songs, lyrics, and score for a film, television show, or video game. Multiple panelists shared a common thread of collaboration on some level, with the same producing teams, directors, and musicians.

Kevin Kiner talked to fans about his involvement in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and what it was like to reinvent John Williams’ iconic “Star Wars” sound each week for the show, where he touched upon his meetings with George Lucas before his start on the series to find his own sound for the show.

Michael Suby spoke about working with Executive Producer, Julie Plec throughout his career on projects such as “Kyle XY,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and the upcoming spinoff series, “The Originals,” and the great rapport they now have with each other after working together for so long.

Geoff Zanelli, who has worked with Hans Zimmer on multiple movies, spoke about their collaborative relationship and the hard work that went into re-imagining the William Tell Overture theme song for the recently released, “The Lone Ranger” film.

After watching an exclusive clip of iZLER visiting the set of “Revenge” with series star, Emily VanCamp, fans listened as he talked about working with the same 50-piece orchestra each week to create the iconic sound for the show.

Robert Duncan spoke about his use of unusual instruments, including an actual submarine that he utilized to score the television series “Last Resort.” Fans got a behind the scenes look in a video of Robert using various mallets and tools on a submarine docked in San Diego:

FM Le Sieur made a special trip all the way from Montreal, Canada to talk to “Being Human” fans about his work on the Syfy show. He spoke about the various themes he has created for the characters on the show, and finding a different sound for a vampire, werewolf, and ghost.

The number one question asked at the CW3PR panels throughout the years from fans to the composers is “How do I get your job?”, and this year was no exception. Chris Tilton educated attendees about how he got his start working with well-known composer, Michael Giacchino, and how important it is to get internships and learn as much as you can from your musical idols.

The panelists concluded by talking about what projects were coming up next for them, followed by a Q&A session, where fans made it clear they would need at least three hours to get every question they had answered.


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