(L-R) Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Lucy Griffiths of True Blood (photo: Lacey Terrell/ HBO)
On HBO‘s True Blood, vampires are just another misunderstood minority. And the visuals are one key to success.
Producer Gregg Fienberg’s credits include some of the most visually innovative and memorable television productions of the last two decades, including Twin Peaks, Deadwood, John from Cincinnati and Carnivàle. His current production, True Blood, is the latest in his 13-year association with HBO. Every show he has done at HBO has been originated on film.
(L-R) Seamus Dever, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Stana Katic, Penny Johnson Jerald (©2013 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., photo: ABC/Eric McCandless)
We had the chance to help the cast and crew of the hit ABC show celebrate their 100th episode with a cake-cutting ceremony on set after the filming of the show. The series has been shot on Kodak film since the pilot, including KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219 this season. The 100th episode airs on Monday, April 1, 2013.
Jack White and Conan O’Brien. Photo credit: Will Becton/Team Coco
Kees Van Oostrum, ASC got an interesting call recently from producer Richard Middleton, whose credits include The Artist and Hitchcock. “Richard and I go way back, and he often calls me when he has something unusual or challenging,” says Van Oostrum. The EMMY®-nominated cinematographer has compiled more than 70 narrative credits, including Gods and Generals, Return to Lonesome Dove, and the forthcoming Civil War-set feature Copperhead.
Middleton told Van Oostrum about an interview project for Serious Jibber-Jabber with Conan O’Brien, a non-comedic chat show on O’Brien’s website. The interview subject was to be the GRAMMY-winning musician/producer Jack White.
Mike White and Laura Dern on the set of Enlightened - Photo: Lacey Terrell/HBO
Enlightened showcases a fascinating collaboration between series co-creator Mike White and lead actor Laura Dern, who also serves as co-creator and executive producer. Dern portrays Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive woman who undergoes a breakdown, followed by a spiritual awakening, and emerges determined to live an enlightened life. This of course creates a wealth of comedic situations in her work and home life. At the offi ce, she tries to enlist the meek Tyler — played by White — in her jargon-fi lled schemes to seize the day.
Xavier Grobet, ASC, AMC shot the second season of Enlightened, which began airing on HBO earlier this year. In addition to the first season of Enlightened, his credits include The Woodsman, I Love You Phillip Morris, Nacho Libre and The Back-up Plan.
L-R Timothy Van Patten discusses a scene with Shea Whigham. ( photo: Macall B. Polay / HBO)
Actor. Writer. Director. Producer. There isn’t much that Timothy Van Patten can’t do. After getting his start in front of the camera on The White Shadow (1978), Van Patten went on to appear in a number of films and television shows, including The Master and True Blue.
In 1992, the Brooklyn native earned his first off-screen credit for directing an episode of Home Fires. Since then, Van Patten has become a fixture of the small screen, directing hit shows like Sex and the City and The Wire. He cut his teeth producing on Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks’ miniseries The Pacific. And his work on The Sopranos earned him five EMMY® nominations.