Breaking Bad: the end of Gus

By Ian Failes, Fxguide

fxg: How was that particular sequence conceived, in terms of what would be shot live action and what would be a visual effect?

Powloski: It was a real team effort from just about everybody on the show. In January this year, I was having a meeting with one of the producers when Vince Gilligan – the creator of the show and the writer and director of this particular episode – popped his head in and said, ‘I want to do a shot where there’s an explosion, somebody comes out of the room, the camera sweeps around and we see that half of his face is gone.’

I asked about Two-Face from The Dark Knight and also if the person survives, but Vince said he didn’t want to see too many ligaments moving and that the guy only survived long enough to make some sort of gesture until he collapsed. So from there we just had to figure out how we were going to approach it. Since the style of the show was very organic – they don’t like to cut for the visual effects, they want to cut for dramatic effect and move the camera for dramatic effect – we had to adapt the VFX approach to how the shot was going to be done.