Effective lighting and cinematography can be crucial to evoking a certain mood or giving something a unique look. This is true of both movies and tv shows, and the latter has made significant strides in recent years in developing a unique look, aided by both the transition of directors like Steven Soderbergh to the small screen, and the rise of talented television directors like Michelle MacLaren in the medium.
Better Call Saul, a show that boasts MacLaren’s involvement, is one such series that has a distinct look to it, much of which has to do with the lighting choices. Now vimeo user Zackery Ramos-Taylor has put together a compilation video of how the director’s of Better Call Saul’s first season used lighting over its ten episodes to create a distinct visual style. This is what Ramos-Taylor had to say about the video.
How does lighting affect a shot? It can establish a location, give a character a certain mood, and be used as a consistent style, amongst other notable reasons. Throughout this show’s first season, Better Call Saul relied heavily on lighting to give its world meaning. From the white gas lamp illuminating a room to the various lights providing color and texture to a character’s face in a bar, this show radiates from beginning to end.
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The examination can be seen below.