Entity FX is the company responsible for many effects in the Vampire Diaries, including the vampire eye veins and the title card. According to The Briefing Room, season 2 of the Vampire Diaries is set to air with new opening title treatment. We’ll certainly be looking forward to seeing that tomorrow night.
The Vampire Diaries, from the creator of Dawson’s Creek, follows the struggles of a high school girl torn between two vampire brothers. It is based on the books by L.J. Smith. Many of the characters in the show exhibit supernatural abilities — flight, super-strength, super-fast motion, the ability to transform into animals — while others display special faculties such as levitation and fire-starting.
An important recurring visual effect involves pulsing veins around the eyes, which reveal characters’ true vampiric nature when they get angry, hungry or aroused. These “digital appliances” are 3D tracked onto the actors’ faces and are individually tailored to each character’s performance. Additional visual effects range from split screen composites, speed ramps and wire/rig removals to atmospheric effects and matte paintings. Entity FX created the show’s new opening title treatment as well.
iF Magazine talks with Julie Plec about everything from special effects, the development of Vampire Diaries TV series lore, and why that dang vampire tomb beneath Fell’s Church was so dark. (Can you say “budget” and “The Descent”?)
iF: Have we learned everything we’re going to learn about vampire lore in this universe?
PLEC: No. I think it’s possible that there’s a lot that Stefan has no idea that he’s capable of or that even vampires, as mythological entities, can do. We’ve already seen that Damon has more abilities than Stefan, but I think there are things that Damon doesn’t know he can do yet. And once we get the show established and the relationships really strong, I think standing on the vampire mythology and what the vampires are capable of will be a lot of what we mine in the upcoming season.
That? Has us SO EXCITED. READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW OVER AT iF.
Mat Beck of Entity FX, the special effects house behind The Vampire Diaries, gives Animation World Network a behind-the-scenes peek at their work on the show. This great interview touches on everything from the vampire eye effects to Bonnie’s feather-floating scene, and gets into software talk for all the tech geeks in the house. Beck also gives some vague insight into what’s coming next.
MB: We also add a lot of blood in spots. One of the advantages of not doing blood on set is you can adjust it later on to set the right tone. We’ve tracked blood onto mouths of vampires who have just been feeding; we tracked wounds onto their victims; pools of blood on the floor when someone has just landed. Killing vampires with a stake involves a lot of discoloration and a wide area of grossly bulging veins tracked all over neck and face.
Seventeen go behind the scenes with the special effects makeup artist for the Vampire Diaries, Connor McCullagh, who reveals secrets about fangs, bite wounds and blood.
Curious about the process? We’ve got some pictures of Ian Somerhalder being transformed into a vampire in our behind the scenes gallery.
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley have commented in various video interviews and magazine articles about the process of being transformed into vampires, and now we have some behind the scenes photos of Ian’s transformation into a vamped-out Damon Salvatore. It’s pretty fascinating, though we know some of you will prefer not to know in order to keep the magic of the Vampire Diaries intact so we won’t spoil you. ;) For those who are interested, you can find the images of the vamping process in the gallery and see what’s involved in turning Mr. Somerhalder into the scary-looking guy below.