Here’s your complete creative guide to Breaking Bad
Q: One of your most memorable scenes had Skyler getting up from dinner with Walter, Hank, and Marie and walking into the swimming pool. What was it like for you to shoot that scene? Can you swim?
A: I’m a decent swimmer, thank God, but I never thought I’d be able to do that kind of thing, because it required me having to be trained with scuba equipment, with a regulator. Going under the water and staying under the water for periods of time gives me claustrophobia.
But I also like a good challenge. The boys always got to do a lot of stunts on the show. So when I got to do something that was stuntlike, I thought, okay good. Now I finally get to do something.
It was hard to tell from the shot, but I actually had to walk into the pool, and then there was a cut after I walk down into the water. Our wonderful special effects people and our stunt people had to build a wire cage, and they rigged that blue skirt I was wearing onto the wire cage so that the effect of the skirt billowing around my head was created.
They placed that wire cage in the deep end of the pool. That’s why they had to train me to go underwater and breathe with a regulator.
Can you imagine John Lithgow as the Joker?
"To me, if you’re not with the changing times, you’re irrelevant to me."
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Internet recommendations from Sarah Kessler, Fast Company's Associate Editor:
1. The “Can Men Wear Shorts?” debate
The Pacific Standard was the only publication I saw bring an academic into this debate, which is exactly what it needed.
3. The Pixar Theory
John Lasseter, Disney’s chief creative officer, recently told me
while I was reporting an upcoming story that mixing characters from different Pixar movies has always been taboo. And after reading Jon Negroni’s “Pixar Theory,” I finally understand why: Putting Pixar characters together would make it far too obvious that all the studio’s movies are actually part of the same story—beginning with the witch in Brave experimenting with giving animals the ability to speak. I can’t believe we didn’t see this before.
Here, a few more staff recommendations for you!
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"I think it validates the model in a lot of ways. I think it also blurs the line forever about what is television. Television is what’s on the screen, no matter what size the screen or how the content got to the screen. Television is television is television."
—Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos talks about the Emmy nominations for Netflix shows: House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Hemlock Grove.
Innovation expert Kaihan Krippendorff uses hip-hop star Drake’s path to achieving his goal of $25 million by the age of 25 to demonstrate his 30-minute strategy for reaching your goals.
1. After you are gone
This is an outcome you will not achieve in your lifetime but it is the reason you get up and push ahead every day.
Drake Example: To make genre-cracking music that connects emotionally with his audience.
2. The end
This is a picture (or vision) of what you will achieve or what you will become in the long-term, usually 3 to 10 years from now. Define 1 to 3 metrics, and their values, that will tell you that you have achieved your long-term vision.
Drake Example: To be known by Dec. 31, 2016, as one of the greatest musical artists in the world; to be indefinable, with music that crosses genres; to have multiple houses and a private jet.
3. The next chapter (12-18 months)
What must you achieve in the next 12 to 18 months to know you are on the path and by what metrics will you judge that the plot is unfolding as you desire?
Drake Example: To have released by Dec. 31, 2014, one of the biggest albums of the year.
4. Plot actions (12-18 months)
What 3 to 5 actions (or strategic priorities) will you focus on continuously for the next 12 to 18 months to reach this chapter’s conclusion?
Drake Example: Release best album yet; continue improving music and performance; launch successful tour.
5. The first scene (the next 3 months)
What 1 to 5 key metrics will you focus on in the next three months (and who is responsible)?
Drake Example: 15 songs recorded that he thinks are awesome; 120 total hours practiced.
[Drake Image: AP Images]
”I see the future but I live for the moment, make sense don’t it. Now make dollars, I mean billions. I’m a genius, I mean brilliant.”
—Pitbull, who is worth a mere $9.5 million.
A new YouTube channel features videos of celebrity faces blended in a way that is both horrific and hilarious. This is Natalie Portman and Will Ferrell.
Made in anticipation of the newest Superman movie, Man Of Steel, this new infographic visualizes the evolution of Superman logo from its debut in 1938 to 2013.
Apple’s WWDC event kicked off yesterday, with Apple announcing a new OS X, a MacBook Air with better battery life, a redesigned iOS 7, among other things. Here are some WWDC resources to help you keep up:
- The best (and the rest) of the announcements from WWDC so far
- Things the new, cylindrical Mac Pro inescapably reminds us of (R2D2, anyone?)
- Oh, and if the new designs look familiar, that’s because they were probably stolen from Google, Twitter and Microsoft
- See how Apple’s designs have changed from iOS 6 to iOS 7, in photos. The new iOS 7 is flat, flat, flat. And speaking of which…
- Why Jony Ive is flattening iOS 7
- But the web is getting better so fast that Apple’s brand new OSes look… broken
- And if you couldn’t get into WWDC, try this alternative
- How to get the best features of iOS 7 right now: “iOS 7 won’t be coming to your iPhone and iPad until this fall, but a lot of its best features are available through third-party apps and jailbreak hacks right now.” (via Lifehacker)
- Apple’s WWDC keynote playlist: A collection of all the songs played before and during the event. (via Mashable)
- iOS 7 gives you the option to block calls and texts from specific numbers (via TechCrunch)
- Apple’s new “kill switch” might just save lives (via TheWeek.com)
We’ll be updating this list as new, great resources come to our attention. Feel free to flag great Apple or WWDC reads for us in the comments. Have you found any?