The fictional universe depicted in the series is premised on the notion that vampires exist, unbeknownst to the majority of humans until two years before the series premiere, when the creation of synthetic blood ("Tru Blood") by Japanese scientists, which eliminated vampires' need for human blood to survive, allowed vampires to "come out of the coffin" and reveal their existence to the world.and those who think human-vampire co-existence is impossible, because it conflicts with the inherently violent nature of vampires.
Rebirth is also recognized through an image of a woman being "washed clean" from her sins in a lake, as well as a Reverend blessing and possibly performing an exorcism on a member of his congregation.
Some of the footage used in the sequence was filmed on location.
Digital Kitchen then took a four-day trip to Louisiana to film as well as shot at a Chicago church, and on a stage and in a bar in Seattle.
The sequence's transitions were constructed differently, though; they were made with a Polaroid transfer technique.
She said she chose to work with him, though, because "[Ball] really 'got' me. I just felt that he understood what I was doing with the books." The project's hour-long pilot was ordered concurrently with the finalization of the aforementioned development deal, and was written, directed, and produced by Ball.
That September, after only the first two episodes of the series had aired, HBO placed an order for a second season of 12 episodes, with production scheduled to commence in January 2009 for a summer premiere.
He read the entries that followed and became interested in "bringing [Harris'] vision to television".
However, Harris already had two other adaptation options for the books.
It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small town in northwestern Louisiana.
The series centers on the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress with an otherworldly quality.
The show's individual episode titles are named after songs featured in the episodes, usually heard during the closing credits.