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TV September, 30 2013

10 Things That You May Not Know About ‘Breaking Bad’

It’s OveR. We’ve entered the proverbial “blue period” as Breaking Bad watchers – left with a tidy, albeit bloody resolution – that served as the denouement for a television series that celebrated the creation of such a pure product that it came at the cost of one man’s moral cleanliness. Additionally, the need to dissect every morsel of creator Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece – which has seemed to greet everyone as they stared at their computers through bleary eyes each Monday – is no longer necessary. Everything needed to be said has been. Everyone’s fate has been sealed. Goodbye, bad friend. We’ll miss you for the complexities and for the attention to detail. It may be called the idiotic box, but television viewers now demand more because of what Breaking Bad was and what it will continue to be. Here are a few (spoiler-filled) tidbits and facts regarding production.

1. There were 62 episodes of Breaking Bad. The 62nd element on the periodic table is Samarium. Samarium is used to treat lung cancer.

2. 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 8711 isn’t a real home address but the house itself is owned by a woman who has been there since 1971.

3. The coordinates that Walt hid on a Lotto ticket (N 34, 59′, 20″, W 106, 36′, 52) point straight to Q Studios in Albuquerque where Breaking Bad is shot.

4. A trained chemist could produce methylamine himself.

5. The closing song for the finale “Baby Blue” by Badfinger was also used in The Departed where Costigan learned the truth about Costello.

6. The director and DP were allotted 11,000 feet of film a day for each episode. The first season was shot using Fujifilm, but they switched to Kodak for “the blacks, because it’s a show about darkness.”

7. They used ARRICAMs with Cooke S4 prime lenses. Cinematographer Michael Slovis carried three Kodak stocks: the 5203, the slowest, tightest grain stock they had for all the day exteriors in the desert which ate into the shadows beautifully and held highlights tremendously and was responsible for the colors and beautiful skies. The 200 ASA stock – which is a tungsten balance and a lower contrast stock- and the Vision 3 ASA 500 which was used for all studio work, exterior night and interior day and night in the studio.

8. The largest, single-instance death toll linked to Walter White was 167 – stemming from the crash of Wayfarer 515 which collided with a chartered plane – due to the air traffic controller’s grief from the overdose of his daughter, Jane.

9. The finale “Felina” holds the second highest rating for a television show (9.9) behind other Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias” (10.0).

10. Vince Gilligan was working on what would become Hancock when he decided to step aside for what director Peter Berg called, “a stupid idea” – Breaking Bad.

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