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Interview with Michael Slovis (DP and episode director for Breaking Bad)

Sean Cunningham

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Q: As a cinematographer, are you approaching these last eight episodes in any different visual way than you have the previous four seasons?


A: Vince and I have always talked about a descent into darkness. And in terms of an overall palette it's really dark. It doesn't mean you don't see stuff. It means that there are a lot of blacks in the frame; it's contrast. One of the advantages of shooting a show for five or six years is that we know who these characters are. So I don't need to light their faces up all the time. If a bald head that's around six foot walks into a room, you know it's Walt. We all know who these people are, so it gives me a lot more freedom than I may otherwise have.



The article @ AMC...

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I didn't start watching until the Season 3 opener (he references this as being a favorite of his in the article too) and was blown away by what they were doing on the show.  The content, stories and characters especially, but what he does with the camera is exceptional.  


At the time, this show and Friday Night Lights were, IMO, the two best shot dramas on TV that didn't look like you were watching a TV show.  Every episode was a mini-movie.

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Breaking  Bad is my absolute favorite show of all time. I watched the first 3 seasons on my iMac and ipad. When 4 came around, I had an apple TV hooked up to a nice large sony HDTV. I almost cried the image was so beautiful. Now I'm rewatching the first 3 seasons on the apple TV because the cinematography, story, and actors are just so darn good. I can't wait to see what these writers come up with after this show 

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