'True Blood' Creator: No Crazy Contact Lenses when Their Fangs Come Out
'True Blood' Creator: No Crazy Contact Lenses when Their Fangs Come Out
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Set to premiere on Sunday, September 7, the HBO vampire series True Blood is ought to be different from other run-of-the-mill vampire features and shows, if creator Alan Ball is to be believed.

"I very quickly came up with a list of things I never wanted to do.  I didn't want to give people crazy contact lenses when their fangs came out ... I didn't want there to be any opera music, because that's been done a lot.  And I didn't want to use that cold, icy-blue light, because it seems like pretty much every vampire movie made in the 90's had that sort of techno/industrial black leather/blue light feel to it."

Indeed, from those fortunate enough to early on catch the first two episodes of True Blood, expectations were met.  They say it bears little to no resemblance to the quintessential vampire movie, the Tom Cruise- and Brad Pitt-starrer Interview with the Vampire.  Although it is also set in a swamp-y little town in Louisiana.  The premise of the show itself is quite scary and novel – the fictional coexistence of vampires and humans after Japanese-made synthetic blood (“TruBlood”) becomes commercially available.  The logic, of course, is that vampires will no longer need to prey on human blood in this dream scenario.

Ball, of course, is also the genius behind Six Feet Under, and observers know that he is one to make his creations very character-driven.  Ball says people should expect the same with True Blood.

"I really really, really focus on what's going on between the characters and try to make the plot integrated with that. ...  In a lot of ways it's very different because we do have all the special effects people there and all the different kinds of blood and we have to stop shooting so people can put their fangs in.  But at the same time it's very much the same as anything else I've ever done."


-Glenn L. Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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