Six years after Walter White (Bryan Cranston) met his demise in the series finale of Breaking
Bad, creator Vince Gilligan explores the fate of
Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) following the death
of his former teacher and business partner in El
Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Fans were excited
for this feature follow-up to the popular series,
as more than 25 million households watched the
film in its first week according to Netflix.
Directed by Gilligan, El Camino did more
than hit the right chord with audiences; it was
also a creative and technical achievement, earning Gilligan DGA and WGA nominations.
Key creatives involved with the production
were cinematographer Marshall Adams, ASC,
who has worked on Breaking Bad as well as the
spinoff series Better Call Saul, and FotoKem senior colorist Dave Cole (Vice, Kong: Skull Island).
FotoKem and Keep Me Posted (a FotoKem
company) have been working with Gilligan, pro-
ducer Diane Mercer, and Adams for many years,
providing dailies and final color from the first
episode of Breaking Bad through the current sea-
son of Better Call Saul. The creative team turned
to the facility once again for El Camino to guide
them through their first feature-length project
with an HDR pass.
The production also utilized HDE (High
Density Encoding) compression for the ALEXA
workflow. According to FotoKem, this new technology enabled the ARRIRAW footage captured
by the ARRI ALEXA 65 to be reduced by 40 percent without causing image integrity loss. When
an HDE file is decoded, it is a bit-for-bit perfect
match to the original file. FotoKem was one of
the first facilities to utilize this new technology
for a feature film workflow from dailies through
Cinematographer Marshall Adams & colorist Dave Cole
bring an enthralling epilogue to life.
by Trevor Hogg