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Inside the Most Memorable Cinematography of ‘True Blood’

True Blood’s seventh and final season is about to get underway on HBO, and the series longtime DP, David Klein, speaks to Indiewire about how he captured some of its most memorable scenes.

Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello and Chris Bauer in

True Blood

. Photo byTony Rivetti.

He says of the first episode he shot (in the series’ fourth season), “This was my introduction to True Blood, and my introduction to how truly hard it was going to be. We had multiple VFX, SFX and make up-FX to deal with and we also had to spray a group of actors, including Stephen Moyer, with blood. You have to do all the coverage for a scene like that, turn around, and then turn around again for the post blood-spray portion of the scene. But once you spray an actor with blood, there’s no going back to clean usually. You only get to do it once, so you have to get it right. “

This season also marks the first one that shooting has switched from film to digital with the ARRI Alexa. “They took actual film grain and applied it separately to the highlights, mid-tones and shadows separately,” Klein says of the process. “It’s the first time I’ve been happy with the Alexa in place of film stocks. And after being introduced to the Canon Zooms on Homeland, I brought them to True Blood and replaced all zooms in my arsenal. They’re the sharpest I’ve come across and they breathe less than any I’ve used.”

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