Better Call Saul cinematographer Marshall Adams reveals the show hired an actual dance troupe for the Season 6 opening flashforward scene.
Spoilers ahead for You better call Saul season 6
You better call Saul hired a real dance troupe for the season 6 opening flashforward scene. breaking Bad The prequel series finally returned to AMC earlier this week for its sixth and final season with a two-episode premiere. Picking up immediately where the Season 5 finale left off, Nacho flees the scene where the failed assassination attempt on Lalo occurred, as the menacing Cartel member begins to plot revenge against Gus Fring.
Outside of the cartel storylines, Jimmy and Kim go ahead with their plan to sabotage Howard Hamlin. Before the season premiere gets into all that storyline, it starts with a flashforward scene, which is business as usual for You better call Saul. Instead of opening with a black-and-white sequence set in Gene Takavic’s future timeline like every season past, the season 6 premiere breaks that tradition and takes viewers on a tour of Saul Goodman’s house shortly after. long after his disappearance in Omaha in breaking Bad. The scene sees movers seizing Saul’s property and transporting it in dumpsters and moving trucks.
In an interview with IndieWire, the cinematographer of episode 1, Marshall Adams, shared some details about the creation of the opening scene. One of the most notable takeaways from the conversation is that episode director Michael Morris and assistant director Rich Sickler came up with the idea of hiring an actual dance troupe to play stage movers, which they rehearsed for an entire day before filming. Read what Adams shared below:
[Director] Michael [Morris] and our first AD Rich Sickler had this idea of using a dance troupe for this sequence. So they’re all members of one dance troupe and they were basically keeping time. We rehearsed for an entire Sunday, getting all of these shots exactly before the whole crew arrived on Monday, and we started doing that on Monday and Tuesday. They were laid out to the rhythm, to the moment, exactly how Michael wanted them.
Even though it doesn’t feature any known dialogue or characters, Season 6’s opening flashforward conveys a lot of emotion as it unfolds with a certain melancholic, balletic quality to it. It certainly wasn’t accidental considering they brought in real dancers to play the moving crew. This kind of visual storytelling, creative cinematography and precise planning has been the hallmark of this universe since its debut with breaking Bad and continued with You better call Saul and even the spin-off movie The Camino. Many of these projects even maintained much of the same team, with Adams working on all three.
Ever since the two-episode Season 6 premiere aired last Monday, this opening flashforward has been one of the most talked about aspects of either episode. It is full of details and references to past seasons of You better call Saullike the tequila cap from the Season 2 premiere. Saul’s house might even hold clues to Kim’s eventual fate in You better call Saul.
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