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'Breaking Bad' Cinematographer Talks Returning for 'Better Call Saul', 'Preacher'

HaydnSpurrell HaydnSpurrell Cinematographer Michael Solvis earned five Emmy nominations for his work on Breaking Bad. The man aided in creating of television's great visual dramas.

But he hasn't yet been seen in Better Call Saul since its inauguration last year. Until now, that is. "I want the graphic language to be pretty, but I also don't want it to be what's noticed," he said of his art.

On whether it felt like a homecoming, Slovis said "The first thing that they did when they picked me up at the airport was the Teamster captain said, 'Bring him to us.' I didn't even go to the office. They took me to the back of the studio where all the trucks were parked and all the Teamsters and drivers had to say 'hello.'

"So yes, it was very much a very warm homecoming, because it was 90 percent of the crew that I had built for Breaking Bad and it was lovely and it was fun... It was one of the hightlights of my year, for sure."

As both a producer and director on AMC's upcoming Preacher, Slovis described being able to "bring the experience of shooting and directing to the table and to, early on I think, help everyone determine what's important and how we should allocate our resources."

On the story itself, " crosses over from a full-on comic or graphic novel world, but it has feet and roots in our world and in what's universal about everybody. It's a very interesting hybrid."

He compliments the voice that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring to the project, in much the same way as Vince Gilligan on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. "...As a guest director, it's not limiting. It's empowering, because you're very clear about what these people want.

"The more defined the canvas that they give you to work on, the broader your brushstrokes can be when you tell the story."

Source: THR

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