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TRUE BLOOD

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Authority Headquarters

    Ron V. Franco SDSA. Photo by John P. Johnson ©2012 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Emperor's Bedroom

    Ron V. Franco SDSA.
    Photo by John P. Johnson ©2012 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Fairy Garden

    Robert Greenfield SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Fangtasia: The vampire bar

    Rusty Lipscomb SDSA ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Stackhouse Porch

    Rusty Lipscomb SDSA ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    The King's Slave Quarters

    Robert Greenfield SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    King's Foyer

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Sam`s Office

    Rusty Lipscomb SDSA ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Godric's Lair

    ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Godric's Lair

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Vampire Hotel

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Queen of Louisiana's Pool

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO


    Lou Pine's Werewolf Bar

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    Bon Temps Cemetery

    ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    Vampire Bill’s Plantation

    ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    Compton Plantation

    ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    Stackhouse Sewing Room

    Rusty Lipscomb SDSA ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    Stackhouse Maenad

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2009 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    King of Mississippi's Dining room

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    King of Mississippi's Guest Room

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

  • set decorator
    Ron V. Franco SDSA

    production designer
    Suzuki Ingerslev

    HBO

    King of Mississippi's Study

    Laura Richarz SDSA ©2010 HBO. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication.

“Sexy, witty and unabashedly peculiar, TRUE BLOOD is a blood-drenched Southern Gothic romantic parable set in a world where vampires are out and about and campaigning for equal rights. Part mystery, part fantasy, part comedy, and all wildly imaginative exaggeration, TRUE BLOOD proves that there's still vibrant life — or death — left in the "star-crossed lovers" paradigm. You just have to know where to stake your romantic claim.”                                                                                  –Robert Bianco, USA TODAY

TRUE BLOOD series creator Alan Ball knew where to turn to “stake” the look of the show, based on the popular novels by Charlaine Harris. He brought in his long-term design and decoration team from SIX FEET UNDER, Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev and Set Decorator Rusty Lipscomb SDSA. Set Decorator Laura Richarz SDSA stepped in when Lipscomb  retired after the first season, Set Decorator Robert Greenfield SDSA as well. Shortly after, Set Decorator Ron V. Franco SDSA took over and has remained the key set decorator for the last few seasons, including the one soon to unfold!

Ball describes the series as, “A big old-fashioned kind of satire on small town Southern life—a black comedy with vampires as metaphor, as rooted in reality as a show about vampires can be.” This is where Lipscomb, Ingerslev and their teams come in, providing the “reality”, though somewhat stretched at times, for the stories to play out.

If a telepathic roadhouse waitress falls in love with a courtly vampire 15 decades older…if a bisexual black chef sells both himself and the aphrodisiac V [vampire blood]…if a tavern owner exhibits a tendency towards animalistic shape-shifting…and if vampires party in the quiet rural Southern town of Bon Temps [“good times”], Louisiana…it helps ground the story if their surroundings are believable.

The sets often go beyond that task, revealing clues to character so thoroughly that some, Lipscomb points out, “…were as much a character as the scripted cast.” Each of the sets is densely layered, almost lovingly revealing of character and place.

The 150-year-old Stackhouse Farmhouse interiors were created completely on stage, as were all the main set interiors:
Merlotte’s – The town’s roadhouse hangout
Compton Home – Bill’s plantation home that has been in his family since he lived in it during the Civil War, before he became a vampire
Sam’s Office & Trailer – These give hints to his unusual penchant for nature
• Jason’s – This house hasn’t changed since his parents’ death 20 years before

Several of the exteriors, while looking like location shoots in Louisiana, were actually transformations of a Malibu ranch—even the quintessential Southern Bon Temps Cemetery. “The cemetery was an amazing set,” says Lipscomb, “All done on an empty dirt field in California—from the moss, the tree roots and the grave sites’ fencing to the tombstones, benches and lampposts.”

Another location conversion resulted in the materialization of the vampire bar, called Fangtasia—naturally!

Lipscomb smiles, “Yes, the show is quirky and sexy, and full of hunky vampires with fangs. There is nothing serious about it.”

Seasons Two & Three

Richarz's wide experience ranging from DEEP SPACE NINE to EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS enabled her to leap into the small-town-yet-other-worldliness of the series. During her tenure, more of the Bon Temps inhabitants and their environs were revealed; and in the second season, we travel to the home of an ancient vampire living in Dallas and a huge church dedicated to the destruction of vampires. While Sookie is in Dallas, an evil maenad takes over her home, wreaking havoc throughout the town. 

Bill [Stephen Moyer] proposes to Sookie [Anna Paquin], but is kidnapped and held hostage by a vampire monarch, the King of Mississippi in his bid to take over the realm of the vampire Queen of Louisiana. 

Werewolves are introduced to the show's mythology in the third season, when Sookie enlists help in tracking down Bill. Set Decorator Robert Greenfield SDSA jumped in to assist with sets as Sookie discovers her fairy heritage.

Check back here  for updates and new photos of fascinating sets!

 

 

 

 

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