Happy Monday, TVD fans! We hope you’re all awake today because we’ve got something for you that’s simply fascinating. This piece from Creative Cow Magazine is written by Nancy Forner, one of the editors on The Vampire Diaries. Nancy gives us a look at what’s involved in cutting together a TVD episode and what sets it apart from a procedural drama like Law & Order: SVU, discusses the pacing and the process of choosing the music.
In addition to the editing being very fast-paced, we use a lot of different angles in The Vampire Diaries. In a classic TV show, one scene might have three, four or maximum five different angles. In every scene of TVD, there are 10 to 20 different angles in every single scene. Let’s say one person is talking. I might go from a side angle to a high angle to an extreme close-up, all within the same sentence, as opposed to just staying on one character, in one angle saying his line for the whole sentence. In one sentence, I can have 3 different cuts and 3 different angles.
If you’re at all interested in the technical side of television, this has a lot of information and it’s a great look at some of the work that goes into creating our favorite show. The magazine is specifically for media professionals, so be prepared to
Who’s excited for a new episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday? Just a few more days until 1912 (EP316). It may seem like a lifetime, but Entertainment Weekly has a few behind-the-scenes pictures to tide you over.
AfterElton.com did a set visit recently, and spoke with Ian Somerhalder, Zach Roerig and Joseph Morgan about all things TVD.
In this article, the actors talk about their respective characters, shooting on location and the effects of their hectic schedules. Joseph Morgan touches on an issue of interest to many: whether or not Klaus is softening up.
“I think we are transitioning to making him a little more sympathetic,” Morgan observed. “We’re starting to learn the motives behind why he does what he does. But I think just like in life everything isn’t always polarized. He’s not good or bad. He’s layered. So, the more we learn about him the more maybe we’ll empathize or sympathize with him, but he’s always going to have done the things he’s done…I personally hope that he doesn’t just suddenly miraculously become good. I feel like there should be a chance of redemption for everyone, but he’s still going to carry that stuff with him.”
There’s another trio of actors that has everyone talking today…we’re all still reeling from the red-hot Vampire Diaries covers on Entertainment Weekly this week. Looks like EW isn’t done sharing goodies, but you may want to set the shower to its coldest setting before you check out this behind the scenes video from the photo shoot. Just remember, you’ll need to ‘like’ the page in order to view the video!
Yesterday, members of the media were invited to a special screening of tonight’s new (and highly anticipated) episode of The Vampire Diaries: Dangerous Liaisons (EP314), and they’re hinting we can expect healthy doses of angst alongside those sharp tuxes and glittering ballgowns. Is anyone surprised? First up, members of the TVD cast – Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Kat Graham, Nina Dobrev – tease what’s coming tonight and in future episodes in another E!Online set visit video.
As for the finished product, E!Online has this to tease (SPOILERS):
Elena shares some very intense moments with both Salvatore brothers, including a scene where one of the brothers drops three very important words. Fans of both couples should prepare for some major angst, including Elena hurting Damon and possibly causing the return of the old Damon. We won’t lie, we kind of missed him!
On a related note, Zap2It also teases the triangle and five other things about tonight’s episode (SPOILERS):
Elena is caught in a virtual tug-of-war throughout the episode (at one point, they literally each have her by the arm). The question, as always, is whether Stefan can find it in himself to care about Elena — and whether or not she still wants him to care about her at this point. That will pretty much be answered by the end of the hour. Per usual, Paul Wesley’s performance will give you goose bumps.
Julie Plec was on hand for a Q&A during the episode screening yesterday, and The Insider has this amusing tidbit to share:
When I asked her about the likelihood of non-Mystic Falls law enforcement agents ever coming to town (ya know, like if this mysterious stabber continues his/her reign of terror for much longer), Julie said, “Truth be told we’ve had the “FBI Agents Come to Town” pitch on the board since episode three of season one. As this thought that somebody, at some point, is going to have to come to this town and be like, ‘What the hell is going on here?!? Sheriff you’re fired!'”
And if you need even more photos from Dangerous Liaisons, Hollywood Life has a handful of exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from filming.
Tierney Bricker of E!Online recently spent some time in Atlanta and talked to Nina Dobrev, Zach Roerig, and Ian Somerhalder about Elena’s romantic future. Do they think Elena will choose Stefan, Damon, or someone else entirely? Ian’s take: “I think she is probably done with the Salvatore boys for a while.” And watch this video to see what Nina and Zach think:
And if you need one more taste of last night’s episode, Bringing Out the Dead (EP313), Zap2it has you covered with behind-the-scenes pictures of Candice Accola, Torrey DeVitto, Paul Wesley, and more.
If you haven’t tried out the Vampire Diaries Stakeout over at the CW, you may want to give it a try. Every week they do a little puzzle or game that, when completed, unlocks some kind of behind-the-scenes goodie. This week’s clip features Julie Plec and Caroline Dries, and focuses on a much-discussed moment between Damon and Elena that happened in last week’s episode.
Spoiler warning applies, but if you’re up to date on the show and want a little preview of tonight’s episode, get on over there and give it a go! Hint: this week’s game is like a witchy version of Mad-Libs, get creative for hilarious results.
The Insider has an exclusive behind the scenes peek at the filming of Our Town (EP311), tomorrow night’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries. Along with the usual set photos, Kat Graham provides some teases:
Of the new set Our Town spotlights, Kat tells me, “It’s a very cool location we’ve never filmed in before and it’s important that people pay attention. You should pay attention to everything on this show because it always circles back into play somehow.”
The CW’s Judy Yam tweeted out a behind the scenes sneak peek from an upcoming Vampire Diaries episode this afternoon, featuring Joseph Morgan and Michael Trevino. Is it January 5th yet?
Michael Trevino is officially the only person we know that can make falling off an inflatable tube at high speeds look awesomely cool. In this special edition of Maestro Knows, Michael goes all over the place, including to the Vampire Diaries set to give a special behind-the-scenes tour. The set stuff starts at around 4:35, but the whole video gives an interesting peek into Michael’s life in Atlanta.
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, Vampire Diaries’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!
Special Note: We had special appearance from the band My Morning Jacket in this episode, and all of the songs they played can be found on their most recent album, Circuital. They’re offering the song Holdin’ on to Black Metal for FREE download on their site.
Buy the Circuital album:
Check out a behind the scene photo of the band with the cast, courtesy of Rolling Stone:
Songs listed in order of appearance.
|The Only Children “Don’t Stop (Bit Funk Remix)”|
|Cary Brothers “Free Like You Make Me”|
|My Morning Jacket “You Wanna Freak Out”|
|My Morning Jacket “First Light”|
|My Morning Jacket “Holdin’ On To Black Metal”|
|My Morning Jacket “The Day Is Coming”|