From 'French Connection' to 'The Godfather:' How 'Breaking Bad' Got Its Look Influences

ICG Magazine talks to some of the creatives responsible for the unusually dark look of Breaking Bad. Explains cinematographer Michael Slovis, "I like to shoot with whatever [media] is appropriate for the palette of the story. AMC wants its shows shot on film and Vince likes the look; for me film is absolutely the right way to go for Breaking Bad. The texture, the feel, the contrast range; the way it records highlights. Everything about film lends itself to telling a story with this kind of scope.

"And we burn the look in. I have an extensive filter pack that I use to get certain looks. I don’t do any broad-spectrum log-c or s-log transfers. I only want the colorist to be painting with a 'fine brush,' not doing primary color grading for each shot. The dailies are ninety-five percent of the finished show."

Read the full interview here.