John Ford influences Breaking Bad Creator Vince Gilligan

Major film directors from a variety of genres, including Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorcese and Steven Spielberg, have named John Ford as an influence on their work. Now it seems John Ford has become an influence in television also.

Vince Gilligan is the creator of Breaking Bad, the Emmy award-winning show which recently won two Golden Globes for Best Actor in a TV Series and Best TV series.

In an interview with Rolling Stone last week, Gilligan said that “With giant, wide TVs, you get to frame and emulate John Ford or Sergio Leone and, in the case of Breaking Bad, you can place characters in an endless expanse of Mexico prairie which gets to look very painterly and cinematic. That's a wonderful development.”

Gilligan stated this in reference to his enthusiasm of how bigger television screens have changed the way stories are told on TV shows, allowing for more vision. He seems to indicate that the bigger the screen, the better one can emulate, and indeed experience, Ford’s scope and vision.

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