By Gianna Sobol
Are scenes from more than one episode involving the same character shot on the same day? (Am thinking mostly about where some actors / actresses bulk up or down and how that is managed if scenes from episode 1 and 9 are shot the same day early on, and then other scenes from the same are shot a month or two later).
In short, the answer is: it depends. Not very specific, is it? The schedule is never permanent, things are always changing around. A lot of things factor into the schedule - how much work an episode has, continuity of space, time of day, and other various elements (blood, for example). Sometimes it makes sense to shoot scenes from different episodes on the same day, and sometimes it is no big deal to go back to a location. For instance, the SUPER SECRET PLACE we are at for the end of episode 9, that goes into episode 10, is location sensitive. So we will shoot that all in the same week. If a location is particularly expensive or sensitive, we will cram it all into a day, or as few days as possible. If we own a location or can go back to it, we'll go back. We have Merlotte's built on our sound stages here in Los Angeles, so we can go back there whenever we want, for as little time or as much time as the script calls for. So, like I said, it depends.
It is important to note, however, that we don't have the whole season's worth of scripts at the same time. We rarely shoot from episode 1 and 3 at the same time, because we're just not prepped that far in advance. We could shoot from episodes 1 and 2, or episodes 2 and 3, but never episodes 2 and 5, or even episodes 2 and 4.