You'll recall that in my last post I summarized the "True & A" panelists' response to Rebecca's question about how the unique locales in and around Bon Temps like the Stackhouse home, Merlotte's, and Fangtasia - when thought of as characters on the show in their own right - might influence or shade the actors' performance. Sam, Kristin, and Michelle seemed to unanimously agree that the sets' fine detail (which TV viewers may or may not ever see) has an immense impact on how they interpret and get into their characters, how they play their scenes with co-stars, etc.
Speaking of fine details on sets, I leave you to ponder an image we noticed in the background at Fangtasia very early on in Season 1; last time we checked, it was still occupying a relatively visible spot behind the bar:
|former U.S. President George W. Bush taking a bite out of Lady Liberty|
- Does this image make a statement on Eric, Pam, or even the late Longshadow's politics?
- Or more likely Alan Ball's?
- What meaning can we take from the (strategic?) placement of images like this?
- Is using imagery like this on set - even in the background where it is not directly addressed by the characters or involved in the action or in the ongoing narrative - an effective means of communicating ideas or catalyzing discourse?
- What background images have YOU noticed on True Blood - even if they appeared on screen only for a split second - that you think may have been put there to make a statement or send a message?
Talk amongst yourselves, I'll be back to sum up the insights we gleaned from all three Dragon * Con True Blood panels.