When I recently had the honor of speaking at length with Breaking Bad co-executive producer, writer and director Peter Gould, to say I was thrilled would be an understatement. The conversation that ensued was fascinating on so many different levels. Peter was gracious with his time and spoke frankly about the struggles he went through before he became a success, what it was like in the Breaking Bad writers room, the real meaning of visual filmmaking as he sees it, some alternate endings for the Breaking Bad series finale that never came to fruition, some clues on what to expect from the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, and even blessed me with an Easter egg exclusive from one of the final episodes.
At Masters in Motion 2016, we were fortunate to be joined by the talented directing duo Daniels who had just won Sundance for their stellar work helming the film Swiss Army Man. If you just watched the trailer you may have thought it was a stunt, a juvenile fart joke masquerading as a feature film. If you take the time to watch the film though I think you will see something else entirely. During their talk, the Daniels dug in deep with a tour de force presentation that was wildly entertaining but also forced everyone in the room to really think about not only why they were making films but how those films would affect the people watching them.
We didn't want to squander the opportunity to sit down and pick the brains of two of the freshest voices in cinema so, we made a phone call to Ryan Booth and started to plan out a passion project. A good mutual friend from Houston, Cody Bess let us borrow a backdrop and we rented an Eye Direct. It is very similar to the Interrotron invented by Errol Morris. We wanted a classic and timeless look for the interviews. By utilizing the EyeDirect, we felt rather then have our subjects looking off camera, we would be able to create a deeper connection with the audience. We were hoping to capture a bit of the magic and intimacy of the conversation by having them looking directly into the lens as if they were talking directly to the viewer. It has been two years in the making and wouldn't have been possible without the help of a lot of people. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this film. Also, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Daniels for their eloquence and transparency in this interview. Enjoy!