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Exclusive: Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev talks about Maryann’s house

Exclusive: Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev talks about Maryann’s house

Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev is responsabile for the look of the True Blood sets. Previously we published our interviews with Suzuki about the Queen’s dayroom and Hotel Carmilla. In this  article we show you Maryann’s house.

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A very elegant and luxurious set is Maryann’s house, or the house with the red door that we thought was Maryann’s in the first few episodes of the second season.

This beautiful house with large garden and pool is an exciting house and is located in Chapman Woods, CA. The house was used to shoot the inside scenes as well as the external scenes in the garden and at the pool. Suzuki explains that they did have to change a few things in the garden. “We actually did a lot to change the mood and dressed the patio with furniture, drapery, many plants, flowers and fruits galore.“

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The mural of Pan and his human lover was not part of the original property. “It was based on a relief sculpture Alan Ball found from the Roman Empire. We took liberties to make the female figure resemble Maryann a bit more and amped up the already lusty Pan.”

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The female statue that is shown in the first episode of Season 2 and triggers Sam’s memory, is a replica of “The Bird Lady” figurines that are part of the Egyptian collection of The Brooklyn Museum.

The script called for “a primitive piece of art; like a dancing girl” to be placed on the character Maryann’s coffee table. Suzuki and Cat Smith, Art Director, went on Google to look for images that fit these requirements, hoping to find something that inspired them. They looked at many different types of ancient images including Mycenaean, Etruscan, and Minoan examples. And they came across the Bird Lady.
Suzuki says: ““We liked the dancing posture of this statue and thought it represented the character of Maryann perfectly. We commissioned a local artist to sculpt multiple copies, which we then aged with paint.”

Read more about the Bird Lady

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    November 19, 2009

    I always enjoy reading about the effort that goes into making the show. I have a new appreciation for what it takes to make each show so rich and for the people who’s job it is to bring detail to every scene. It’s kind of like playing dollhouse on a much grander scale.

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    November 19, 2009

    I enjoy reading about this as well.

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    November 19, 2009

    wonderful article, the sets are such a great part of any production, adds so much; and can be overlooked many times by fans in favour of the actors or plot.

    Knowing how much thought and detail and effort was put into it is so gratifying, thank you!!!

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    November 19, 2009

    These articles about the set design are so much fun and great to read. I hope we can get more and more. Love it!

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    November 19, 2009

    I really enjoy reading the thought process and reasoning for how the sets come about. They do a great job and I hope this will be an ongoing report as new sets are implimented.

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    November 19, 2009

    The set design and decoration add immeasurably to the show. Thanks for a most interesting behind-the-scenes look. Another great article in this ongoing series. Kudos to all involved. They do a fantastic job.

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