Breaking Bad: 4 Camera Trademarks and What They Mean

Cinematographer Michael Slovis has called his camerawork on Breaking Bad expressionistic, making emotions and even ideas visible. In this video essay, ScreenPrism looks at four of Breaking Bad’s most distinctive visual techniques—wide angle shots, time lapse, object POV shots, and wide and closed shots—to understand how all four come together to express the show’s existentialist point of view.


Point of View (POV)


Wide Shots


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