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Check out this new behind-the-scenes video from Candice Accola and Ford via ETOnline!

We have another Vampire Diaries Season 4 DVD special feature to show you guys, this time from Yahoo TV! “Location manager Danny Sconyers talks about how he and his team find those breathtaking spots, like the island that housed Silas’s tomb.”

Kat Graham chats about her most memorable Vampire Diaries Season 4 moment!

EW has been posting their Best of 2012 and today they posted their Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Drowning Elena on ‘The Vampire Diaries’. Director, Chris Grismer takes us inside this pivotal scene from Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries.

As told by Chris Grismer:

I started the actors training for the scene about two months before we shot. They had to train every weekend with dive instructors. Nina Dobrev was already PADI-certified, but those who weren’t had to become. They also had to learn how to act underwater for a long period of time without air: They had to learn how to do a scene and then get air between takes from a safety diver, who was never more than five or six feet away, instead of coming back up to the surface, which I think was pretty terrifying for them. Some of them wanted to swim to the surface between takes, and I had to explain to them that if you start at the surface and swim 20 feet down, you’re kinda almost out of air by the time we say “action.” [Laughs] And then they had to learn how to do it in an enclosed space. I don’t know if you’ve ever been underwater in an enclosed space, but your body just doesn’t want you in there. The actors have to be pretty brave and pretty strong. Nina Dobrev took to it so unbelievably well. She was amazing. I think in the first two weeks, I saw some video of her inside pretending to panic, and I was just blown away by it.

Read more of Chris Grismer’s story over at EW.

Thanks to the CW have a whole set of really cool BTS photos from tomorrow night’s episode “My Brother’s Keeper” featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas! She looks so happy! Also check out the video below via ET Online where she teaches Nina Dobrev some gymnastics moves!

The CW has released a very cool BTS video with guest star, and Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas! We’ll get to see Gabby’s TVD appearance this Thursday in Episode 4.07 “My Brother’s Keeper”.

The CW has a new interview series, called Start Now. And their first video posted is a behind-the-scenes with Julie Plec. We get to see a “Day in the Life of a TV Producer/Writer”. Click the image below to view on the CW site.

Check out this really great article written by The Vampire Diaries editor, Nancy Forner from Creative Cow Magazine. Thanks to Julie Plec for sharing this with the fandom. I love reading articles that explain the processes in creating each episode, and editing is one extremely important aspects of “the process”. Nancy shares with us, styling, picking the music (yes, I thought it was all up to music supervisor Chris Mollere, but it turns out Nancy is the one that makes the final choice) and how she takes 40 hours (YES, 40 HOURS) of film footage and breaks it down to a 42 minute episode. Love her comments about Paul and Ian, and she even talks about creating vamp speed, what she calls “vamping”. Check out the excerpt below and then head on over to Creative Cow to read the rest of the article.

40 HOURS DOWN TO 42 MINUTES

The Vampire Diaries is shot with two to three ARRI Alexa cameras, whereas a classic, formally created drama will use one camera. On a show like SVU, we would get 20 hours of dailies to create a 42-minute show. On TVD, we get 40 hours of dailies to create that same 42-minute show — a lot more footage, meaning a lot more choices. I don’t sit and watch the 40 hours before I begin, though.

I just jump in, but by the time I cut a scene, I’ve pretty much watched everything.

The way I’ve set up my Avid Media Composer 5.5, I can watch two cameras at the same time. I’ve trained myself to be able to take in all that information at once and know what’s going on in each take. But cutting a 42-minute episode from 40 hours is a lot of work. We work long hours and a lot of weekends.

Because the subject matter is dark and it’s about vampires, a lot of the footage is visually dark. I had the same thing on Buffy, and scrutinizing all that dark footage does get tiring to the eyes.

But it’s exciting too; I get all those hours staring at Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan, and Ian Somerhalder, who plays his brother Damon. They’re more than eye candy; they’re adorable, and good actors. They’re very fun to watch.

I’ve worked with big actors with big names where they didn’t give you the material you needed, but these guys always do. They’re very dedicated and serious and give us the performances we need and the choices we need. Of course, the women in the show are also great; I just especially like looking at the guys.


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