Wednesday, April 06, 2016

"Better Call Saul" Filming Locations - Wish List of Undetermined Locations

This post is the fourth of four posts regarding "Better Call Saul" filming locations (last updated November 6, 2018).

This post focuses on undetermined locations.

The Blog Sidebar contains links to Filming Location posts.  These include:
  • Eight "Breaking Bad" filming location posts;
  • Three additional posts regarding "Breaking Bad" related subjects;
  • Six "Better Call Saul" filming location posts;
  • Two additional posts regarding "Better Call Saul" related subjects;
  • Two links to OldeSaultie's Google maps of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" filming location sites. These are the best filming location maps on the Web! The KML files available at these addresses are particularly useful for importing locations into GPS-equipped devices.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions (E-Mail address: valdezmarc56@gmail.com).

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"A Guidebook To 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations: Albuquerque as Physical Setting and Indispensable Character"

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

The pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color.


The Fifth Edition (Publication date November 3, 2018; 375 pages) of the book, updated through Season 4 of "Better Call Saul," is now available and can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle.


The Fourth Edition (Publication date June 28, 2017; 382 pages) of the book is still available and can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle U.S., Kindle UK, Kindle DE, Kindle FR, etc.


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“‘Breaking Bad’ Signs and Symbols: Reading Meaning into Sets, Props, and Filming Locations”

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

The pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color.

The First Edition (Publication date November 3, 2018; 290 pages) of this book can be ordered at these links:

Print, Kindle

This book delves into some of the symbolism in AMC's hit television series "Breaking Bad," based on filming-location information.

Urban filming locations are chosen not so much because of the inherent beauty or interest of the buildings involved, but because of the buildings’ abilities to complement the story. Albuquerque is used as a stand-in for the City of Chicago. Like many cities in America’s Great Plains and Mountain West, Albuquerque obtained much of its architecture directly from the Windy City via the AT&SF railroad and Highway 66.

The creative team is interested in telling stories about the legacies and corruptions of modernity, particularly Chicago’s “Century of Progress” (1833-1932). In particular, Chicago-derived daylighting innovations (the practice of passive window design to help illuminate the interiors of large buildings) are featured: Glass Block Windows, Luxfer Prismatic Tile Windows, and Plate Glass Windows. Once the backgrounds of scenes are encoded with meaning, a variety of stories can be told there.

A series of tables are used to isolate certain features - for example: Parallel Beams in the Ceiling; Twinned Features; Five-Pointed Stars; Octagons; Monkeys; Horses; Cats; Moth Orchids; and Skulls.

Certain symbols appear to advance the plot: Native-American symbols; Foreshadowing symbols like Pueblo Deco arches; Danger symbols like bells, stagger symbols, and desk lamps; plus Earth Art.

Featured stories as told in television-scene backgrounds include: The Legacy of El Chapo; Tributes to Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”; The Badger Comes To Entrap; The Five Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe; The legacy of London's Crystal Palace; and Homages to Patrick McGoohan's “The Prisoner.”



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Wish List Of Undetermined Locations


Season 1

Gene's Omaha Apartment interior (Season 1, episode 1, 'Uno'). DVD commentary for 'Uno' notes that the interior is located elsewhere than the exterior (which is at Diamond Apartments).


Trademark Office (Season 1, episode 4, 'Hero'). Jimmy and HHM disagree about Hamlindigo Blue, among other things.


Jimmy McGill TV ad (Season 1, episode 10, 'Marco'; Season 2, episode 10, 'Klick'). Studio?




Season 2



HHM bathroom (Season 2, episode 5, 'Rebecca'; episode 7, 'Inflatable'). Now believed to be at Rinchem Company, Inc., 5131 Masthead St NE. I'd like photos, but access is difficult, in part because it's the ladies' restroom.


Stacy's new home interior (Season 2, episode 7, 'Inflatable'). Undetermined, but Season 2 DVD commentary says it's not located at the same place as the exterior. I'm thinking 8623 La Sala del Norte NE might work.



Stink Bug (Season 2, episode 8, 'Fifi'). Studio?



Season 3


North Valley Fit, Interior (Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs').


Conference room. Jimmy signs an agreement (Season 3, episode 4, 'Sabrosito'). Ostensibly the Courthouse Annex.


Gus' Chicken Farm Warehouse interior (Season 3, episode 6, 'Off Brand'). Gus' all-important distribution center.


Rebecca's taxi ride (Season 3, episode 6, 'Off Brand'). Heading to Chuck's place.


Mike's closet (Season 3, episode 8, 'Slip').


Hospital Scene (Season 3, episode 10, 'Lantern').


Jimmy's Dad's intact store. Michael Novotny set, per PC308, or a real store, per Season 3 DVD 'Slip' commentary? (Season 2, episode 7, 'Inflatable'). 1973 Chicago.



Season 4

Incidental driving scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Madrigal Warehouse (1) scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Madrigal office scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke').


Cartel Warehouse scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 1, 'Smoke'; episode 2, 'Breathe').


Vet's surgery ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').


Corral where Juan Bolsa talks to Gus ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 3, 'Something Beautiful').


Madrigal Warehouse (2) scenes ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk').


Courtroom ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'; episode 5, 'Quite a Ride'; episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Bernalillo County Annex or old Valencia County Courthouse?


Judge's Chambers ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 4, 'Talk'; episode 8, 'Coushatta'). Bernalillo County Annex?


Van Interior, Q Studios? ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').


PPD Check-in Cubicles ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 5, 'Quite a Ride').


Kim & Jimmy drive to and fro from party ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'). Unclear which streets they travel.


Jimmy's Apartment ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Symbols and a shared bed.


Lalo's Drive ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Likely near Los Lunas, in vicinity of Jubilee Retirement Community.


View of the Chicken Farm ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Lalo observes. Podcast says composite view of Chicken Farm from the north.


Mike shoots Werner ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 10, 'Winner'). Podcast says near Kim's Accident Scene



All Seasons

Scale Opening (Season 1, episode 3, 'Nacho'; Season 2, episode 3, 'Amarillo', Season 3, episode 3, 'Sunk Costs'). Studio?


Cell Phone Opening (Season 1, episode 4, 'Hero'; Season 2, episode 4, 'Gloves Off'; Season 3, episode 4, 'Sabrosito'). Studio?


Saul's office - carpet opening (Season 1, episode 7, 'Bingo'; Season 2, episode 7, 'Inflatable'; Season 3, episode 7, 'Expenses'). Opening credits.


Tarantula (Season 1, episode 8, 'Rico'; Season 2, episode 8, 'Fifi'; Season 3, episode 8, 'Slip'). Opening credits.


Falling Coffee Cup open (Season 2, episode 10, 'Klick'; Season 2, episode 10, 'Klick'; Season 3, episode 10, 'Lantern'). Studio?


2 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:09 PM

    Kim and Jimmy's new office (S02E08): 6311 MontaƱo Rd NW, 87120 (formerly the DiNicola Insurance Agency, currently vacant)

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  2. Holy, moly! Thank you! I doubt I would have got this short of blundering into it.

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