How Breaking Bad Helped Usher Film Into Television

Vince Gilligan’s series has always had cinematic storytelling in its DNA

Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad (AMC)

    Breaking Bad Week

    Whatever happened to Jesse Pinkman? Finally, after all these years, we find out with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. To celebrate, Consequence of Sound is publishing several articles straight outta New Mexico. Today, Ian Butcher explores the cinematic legacy the series has over the history of television.

    With the release of El Camino on Netflix, Breaking Bad joins the long list of TV series that have made the jump to feature films. However, unlike most titles that have attempted this leap, Vince Gilligan’s series has genuine cinematic storytelling in its DNA.

    While hardly the first series to incorporate a more visually dynamic style of storytelling, Breaking Bad completely redefined what a TV show can look and feel like by thoroughly understanding the grammar of visual storytelling. Find out how above.


    Script: Ian Butcher

    Editor: Perry Froelich

    Voice Over: Michael Roffman