Making Good with Breaking Bad
It’s no secret that Breaking Bad is a masterpiece of a television show. It has an amazing cast, brilliant writing, and some of the best cinematography I have ever seen on television. When you combine cinematic compositions with intentional camera movement, then you’re not just setting up for the scene, but adding impact to the story.
In the video below, we have an example from Breaking Bad, and how the motivated camera movement propels the storytelling. Take a look, but be warned, it may contain some mild spoilers.
Breaking Bad’s Powerful Motivated Camera Movement
Nowadays we have so many options for camera movement. You can pan, tilt, slide, glide, fly, dolly, zoom, parallax, etc… The variety is seemingly endless, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should. When you shoot you should approach each scene with the story in mind and plan your motivated camera movements accordingly, instead of just doing what “looks cool.”
To achieve a shot like this you must have airtight communication between the writer, the director, the shooter, and the editor. This shot is only achieved intentionally.
I hope this challenges you to be more intentional with your writing and cinematography. Next time you watch a movie or television show, pay attention to the cinematic movements and how it affects the story.