Breaking Bad by Alexander James Duncan
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The Skyler White Effect
The cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.
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Q: Now that you’re shooting the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, are you starting to feel pressure?
A: Well there’s a lot of pressure from many directions that we actually haven’t felt before on the set. This set is a very congenial easy-going place to work for the most part. The last eight episodes, however, are bigger-conceived, bigger stories — there’s a lot more action. There is also a wistfulness running through the cast and the crew right now, that indeed we are in the last episodes and that after this we’re going to go our separate ways.
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.
Q: Over the years Breaking Bad has become known for its signature shots — its desert vistas, its POV shots. Do you have a checklist for what you need to pay tribute to before the series ends?
A: That’s such a good subject, and I could talk about this for hours because I am not always the biggest fan of those shots. I think they work best when they’re sparingly used. If they are there all the time then you kind of expect it and the impact of it is greatly diminished. But if it comes at a time when you least expect it — when we are conditioned as an audience to see things in a certain way like television and film viewers — it’s special. My favorite example…