2013-07-31 / Front Page

Breaking Bad Breaks Into Museum Of Moving Image

BY CATHERINA GIOINO

Beginning July 26, fans of the hit television show, Breaking Bad, will get the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Moving Image where they can view props and sets from the show. Starring Bryan Cranston as Walter White, the show will broadcast its series finale this summer after experiencing five seasons on the air.
In a very special event that will be held on July 28 at 7:00 p.m., the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, will discuss all the challenges of making the show and the evolution of White’s character into an evil drug lord. The discussion will be moderated by Charlie Rose and will be accompanied by highlights and never before seen video clips of the show.
The exhibit, entitled, “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad”, will be open to the public from July 26 to October 27 in the Behind the Screen section of the museum. The exhibit explores the characters in the show and features behind-the-scenes footage of the series.
Cranston has won three Emmy Awards for his creation of White. The show revolves around White, a chemistry teacher who was diagnosed with cancer and decided to make crystal meth in order to help his family survive after he passes. With help from his former student, Jessie (played by Aaron Paul), the once honest chemistry teacher transforms into a ruthless drug dealer whose alias is Heisenberg.
Having garnered international fame, the show has gone on to win numerous awards for its compelling storytelling and plot. Ever since its creation, the show has won the AFI Award for “TV Program of the Year” each year.  Numerous awards also went to the show’s creative team, including creator, producer and writer Vince Gilligan, writer Peter Gould and producer Mark Johnson.
The exhibit has several rather recognizable objects identified with the hit series. Among those objects are White’s yellow Oxford shirt and khaki briefs. Heisenberg’s black pork pie hat, green shirt and black jacket will also be on view. The yellow hazmat suit and gas mask can be seen as well as numerous props used in the show, like the test tubes, White’s PET scan and even a pink teddy bear.
Barbara Miller, the museum’s curator of collections and exhibitions, stated, “We are thrilled to present material from this extraordinary and compelling television series, appropriately located in the ‘Actor’ section of the museum’s core exhibition, ‘Behind the Screen’. The exhibit explores how Breaking Bad’s filmmakers used a variety of visual cues to convey Walter White’s transformation, including shifts in costume color palette and a series of symbolic props, and features many of the key costumes and props that helped communicate White’s character development over the course of the series.”
The show will return to the small screen for its final eight episodes on August 11 at 9:00 p.m., where fans are sure to be shocked at the ending.
To learn more about the show, visit amctv.com/shows/breaking-bad and to learn more about the exhibit as well as buy tickets, visit the Museum of the Moving Image’s Web site at movingimage.us.

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