Breaking Bad opening 10: No. of Scenes.

We’re analyzing the opening 10 minutes of Breaking Bad.

But before we analyze each scene, let’s see how many scenes are in the opening ten minutes and each scene’s length.

Scene 1: Series of 5 shots: 0.00 – 0.26 (26 secs).

  • 3 still shots of the New Mexican Desert 0-0.15 (15 secs).
  • shot of trousers falling through the air: 0.15-0.22 (7 secs).
  • shot of an RV as it runs over trousers. 0.22-0.26 (4 secs).

Scene 2: Walt driving his chaotic truck, until it crashes to a halt. 0.26-1.00 (34 secs)

Scene 3: Walt makes his video to his family and waits for the police 1.00 – 3.50 (2.50).

Scene 4: OPENING CREDITS. Periodic Table animation. 3.50 – 4.08 (17 secs).

Scene 5: Exterior transition shot of Walt’s house 4.08 – 4.13 (5 secs).

Scene 6: Walt and his wife Skyler in bed. 4:14 – 4.40 (26 secs).

Scene 7: Series of shots: 4.40 – 5.15 (1.15).

  • shot 1: Walt gets up to exercise. Shots of baby things. 4:40 – 4:52 (12 secs).
  • shot 2: Walt exercising on the step machine 4:52 – 5.02 (10 secs).
  • shot 3: Walt’s Nobel Prize for “Crystallography.” 5.02-5.05 (3 secs).
  • shot 4: Walt finishes exercising. 5.05 – 5.15 (10 secs).

Scene 8: Breakfast in Walt’s household. 5.15 – 6.50 (1.35)

Scene 9: Walt arrives at work with his (disabled) son. 6.50 – 7.17 (1.07)

Scene 10: Walt teaches a chemistry class. 7.17 – 8.58 (1.41)

Scene 11: Walt has a snack in the empty staff room 8.58 – 9.06 (8 secs).

Scene 12: Walt works his second job at the car wash. 9.06 – 10.23 (1.17).

So, that’s:

Scene 1: 0.26

Scene 2: 0.34

Scene 3: 2.50

Scene 4: 0.17

Scene 5: 0.05

Scene 6: 0.26

Scene 7: 1.15

Scene 8: 1.35

Scene 9: 1.07

Scene 10: 1.41

Scene 11: 0.08

Scene 12: 1.17

It’s interesting to note 2 things:

  1. Steven Knight’s crime drama Peaky Blinders also has exactly 12 scenes in its opening 10 minutes!
  2. Unlike Peaky Blinders the ‘hero’ of Breaking Bad – Walter White – is present in every scene.

But that’s our next post…

Stay tuned to find out which characters are introduced in the opening 10 minutes of Breaking Bad!

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Click here to compare scene length in the opening 10 minutes of Peaky Blinders.

 

 

 

 

 

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