Good morning. This will be the first in a series I’m calling “Dailies.” This is a reference to the procedure in which a director and crew view the footage completed after a day of shooting film. My own “Dailies” will do one or more (or all!) of the following:
cover some aspect of film art;
coincide with other posts I’m writing at the time;
say a little bit about upcoming topics or posts.
Does the name Michael Slovis ring a bell? It should. As cinematographer, he was responsible for the look of Breaking Bad in 50 of the 62 episodes. In the article “Behind the Lens: Michael Slovis, ASC & Breaking Bad,” posted on CreativeCOW.net, Slovis had this to say using film rather than digital:
We shoot film, and that’s AMC’s decision. When I started on the show, AMC’s philosophy was, we are American Movie Classics and even our original programing is going to feel like film, cinema, movies, and we want it to look that way. It’s not cheaper—there’s a premium—but I’m grateful they made this decision. There are very few shows shooting on film any more, and it’s a shame.