Welcome to Julie’s Diary! Every week during the season, Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec will add an entry to her diary. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched.
Thank you for watching “Requiem for a Dream” by Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds, directed by Paul Wesley. I love this episode. When I watched the first cut, I remember getting director envy. I was feeling pretty good about myself after having directed 717, and then I saw what Paul and DP Mike Karasick did with this episode, and I felt decidedly humbled. I really think that Paul has a terrific visual eye and is extremely suited for the role of director. And Karasick is the perfect partner in crime for someone like Paul. The two of them took risks with lenses, shutter angles, and composition that fall outside the box of what we normally do, and it all looked gorgeous.
Lots of tidbits on this one, because writer Brett Matthews is chock full of stories. Neil’s tidbit brain was clouded by spending five days on set during pollen season and basically suffering the entire way through. But hypoallergenic Matthews is a fountain of stories.