Tuesday, January 21, 2020

"Better Call Saul" Filming Locations - Season 5

This post is the sixth of seven posts regarding "Better Call Saul" filming locations (updated on March 18, 2020).

This post focuses on Season 5 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;
  • Seven "Better Call Saul" filming location posts;
  • Two additional posts regarding "Better Call Saul" related subjects;
  • One post regarding "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie";
  • Three 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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To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in these books. (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.


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


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.


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

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." Toxic modernity is symbolized by architectural elements derived from Chicago. Indeed, Albuquerque is used as a kind of 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 presented - for example: Parallel Beams in the Ceiling; Twinned Features; Five-Pointed Stars; Octagons; Monkeys; Horses; Cats; Moth Orchids; and Skulls.

Certain symbols 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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'The Guy For This'


Kim's Apartment Balcony ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This').

Symbol interpretation can be affected by life experience. Looking at the string of lights hanging below Kim's balcony, I fall back on my background as a meteorologist.


The hanging loops remind me of mammatus clouds, a sign of dangerous turbulence. Who knows if the interpretation is correct? It may be apropos, though.

One thing that occurs to me is, that along with Pueblo Deco arches, overhangs such as balconies are used to foreshadow tragedies. By altering and obscuring the balcony, the hanging lights neuter the symbol, making the place safe for Kim. Someday, though, the lights might not be there, and if that day comes, then Kim is in real danger.

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'Namaste'

A quiz for Albuquerque film buffs. Hank and Gomey were not the first celluloid cops to chase bad guys through that particular culvert. The scene was Better Call Saul's tribute to what film and star?



Here's the answer: The 1974 Albuquerque film, "The Take," starring Billie Dee Williams. The car chase starts around 1:02:30, but you can jump to around 1:10:00 to see the culvert.


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'Dedicado a Max'

I've been trying to puzzle out why in episode 5, 'Dedicado a Max,' we see so much of one of J.M.W. Turner's most-famous watercolors, 'The Blue Rigi' (1842). The only thing I can think is that Turner was unusually-proactive for his time, with a sheaf of samples ready at close hand to upsell clients on ideas for big paintings. In other words, J.M.W. Turner was the Saul Goodman of 19th Century landscapes.

I like the various analogies and references in "Better Call Saul." In 'Dedicado a Max,' the Mexican village looks like an analogy to the Village in "The Prisoner," which for many years was the best show ever seen on TV.

In the Mexican village, the cares of the world are far away. The place is orderly and oppression is mostly unknown - except for what emerges from the fountain. Memory forges the chains that bind. The desire for revenge imprisons Gus, and will now imprison Mike.

In "The Prisoner," Rover emerges from the fountain, and the oppression is much more overt:



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New Season 5 Filming Locations


Northeast Heights (E. of Wyoming, W. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)



Upper Northeast Heights (E. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

11124 Ventura Pl. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man'; episode 2, '50% Off')



















Northeast Heights (N. Of Osuna)


8904 Roys Pl. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off').

OldeSaultie sends a realtor link.


8504 Estates Dr. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off')




Lower Northeast Heights (W. of Wyoming), & Lomas Blvd. Corridor

Mike cows hoodlums ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This'; episode 4, 'Namaste'). 2718 Manzano St. NE, Albuquerque, NM



Downtown

5th Street just south of Tijeras Ave. Ants! ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off'; episode 3, "The Guy For This")


1st St. & Lead Ave. Overpass area ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man').

Also used for phone sales ("Better Call Saul," Season 4, episode 7, 'Something Stupid'): Where Jimmy gets over-confident.








MDC Jailhouse, Regional Correctional Center, 415 Roma Ave. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This'; episode 4, 'Namaste').



Downtown West and Old Town

(no new locations offered with this update)



Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club

Albuquerque Country Club (35.091241°, -106.675919°). Mr. Acker is a nuisance ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 5, 'Dedicado a Max').



Barelas


Parking lot Across from Ives' Flowers (35.076693, -106.653326). ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off') Episode 2 Tweaker montage.


Bienvenidos Amigos! Juanita's Comida Mexicana - 910 4th St. SW ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off').




Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations

Alley between Central & Gold Aves.; between Arno St. & Edith Blvd. ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off'). Episode 2 Tweaker montage.

Gnome Home, 205 Walter St. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off'). Episode 2 Tweaker montage.

Running towards the camera, Between Copper and Central Avenues on Walter St. NE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 2, '50% Off'). Episode 2 Tweaker montage.



University Area & Near Presbyterian Hospital

(no new locations offered with this update)



Nob Hill

(no new locations offered with this update)



South Valley (West of River), Southwest Albuquerque and Pajarito Mesa

Sand Dunes (34.995928°, -106.863600°) - ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man'). Same as BrBa Confessions dunes.


Breaking Bad's "Confessions" Sand Dune

In August, 2015, I finally succeeded in reaching the correct sand dune. Since I didn't have a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a mountain bike, I chose to park at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), and walk. Since I first had to pass through the prison's infrastructure, it was no surprise that I was stopped by prison security. Nevertheless, I did reach my destination! Met off-road bikers too.




















Detail of old corral seen in the distance of the scene.




San Jose Neighborhood and South Valley (East of River)


La Fonda del Bosque, National Hispanic Cultural Center ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man').





Grandma's K&I Diner. Gene flees to Missouri for a bit ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man').


























Electrical Substation, Delta Power Co., LLC, 725 Electric Ave. SE ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This'). Gus lets dead-drop plan proceed. Same site as ("Better Call Saul," Season 3, episode 2, 'Witness'), where Mike spies on gas cap rendezvous.



Southeast Heights


An old Blakes' restaurant at Georgia St. and Gibson Blvd. ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 8, 'Bagman').

Juan Tabo Hills Bridge, Juan Tabo Blvd. SE ("Better Call Saul", Season 3, episode 8, 'Slip'; Season 5, episode 4, 'Namaste').

Kind of complicated once Hank and Gomey go through the culvert ('Namaste'). When Hank and Gomey make the drop guy flee on foot, they are where Ira Sprecker Rd. crosses Tijeras Arroyo (35.018958°, -106.610531°) - also the location of Hank's speech. Victor picks up the drop guy at the north end of the Juan Tabo bridge crossing of Tijeras Arroyo, looking south (35.056703°, -106.515400°).




Near "Q" Studios

Lalo's Speedway In Tijeras Arroyo near Mexican Road Junction - Ira Sprecker Road & Los Picaros Rd. SE (35.016982°, -106.615544°) - ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This').


Kind of complicated once Hank and Gomey go through the culvert. When Hank and Gomey make the drop guy flee on foot, they are where Ira Sprecker Rd. crosses Tijeras Arroyo (35.018958°, -106.610531°) - also the location of Hank's speech. Victor picks up the drop guy at the north end of the Juan Tabo bridge crossing of Tijeras Arroyo, looking south (35.056703°, -106.515400°).

Also a filming location for the 2014 film, "After the Fall."




"Q" Studios

(no new locations offered with this update)



I-25 Corridor, North

An uncomfortable drive Princeton NE, just N of Candelaria, and east on Candelaria ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This').



North Valley

Best Quality Vacuum, Formerly On The Spot Vacuum Sales and Service, 2714 Fourth St. NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man'). The Disappearer.



Northwest Albuquerque

Parking Lot, Cottonwood Shopping Center, 10000 Coors Bypass NW ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 1, 'Magic Man'). (35.197403, -106.658854)



Corrales

Howard's house - 40 Camino Vega Verde, Corrales, NM (also shown in the movie "Force of Execution," with Steven Seagal).



West Mesa (except Pajarito Mesa)

(no new locations offered with this update)



Sandia And Manzano Mountains

(no new locations offered with this update)



To'hajiilee

(no new locations offered in this update)



Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, and Cabezon

(no new locations offered in this update)



Bernalillo and Placitas

(no new locations offered in this update)



Santo Domingo, Cochiti, and La Bajada Hill

(no new locations offered with this update)



Santa Fe & Lamy

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, La Cienega, NM ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 5, 'Dedicado a Max').

Mike & Doc's conversation (35.571276°, -106.111642°). ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 4, 'Namaste'; episode 5, 'Dedicado a Max').



Near Los Lunas and Belen

Tucumcari Call Center site ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 3, 'The Guy For This'; episode 4, 'Namaste'). Mr. Acker's house: 158 Rayo Rd., Belen, NM

Thrift store - Bethlehem Thrift Shop, 1300 S Main St, Belen, NM 87002 ("Better Call Saul," Season 5, episode 4, 'Namaste').



More Distant Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)



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Guessestimates and Wish List




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Notes on Backgrounds

Magic Man

Gentle double arches over entrance to the mall. Cylindrical light.

9 x 2 grid of GBWs at Jimmy's home. Vertical lines of shades in living room. Jewels in band aid box

Scanner grid of lights

Grandma's K&I with flase landscape

Phone booth with exterior vertical lines. Daigonal beam of light.

Inside: Ceiling slats & beams, 5 bell-shaped lamps in ceiling fixture, Royals logo, Grid on window drapes. Cartesian grid on floor just inside of front door.

Mall, between escalators. Gentle arches. Squares with squares on floor.

Tile wall grids at Cinnabon.

Bench, with bench grids, vertical lines of railings, Clerestory. The Moon is a Balloon. Near Champs. Auntie.... Circles on railings resemble Zia symbols.

Grid of wall tile in mall service hallway.

Vacuum cleaner shop - gentle arch over door.

Statue of Liberty open.

Kim at base of ABCGC stairway. NM State Bar.

Slats in ceiling; cylinder of column

El Michoacano. Tile grid of floor. GBWs. Rotating fan, one of which wobbles. Mask on wall like a sun's face.

Ventura Pl. NE. Natural arches over windows next door to drug sale place. At 11124, boarded up windows resemble hypercube cross squares and dingbat style.

Arch of drive. Slits and skylights in apartment.

The stuff is in the chair. Horizontal iron bars across windows.

Horizontal downward-facing hemispherical lamp attached to wall.

Jimmy's apartment - JMM briefcase

World's 2nd-best lawyer cup.

3 wine glass lamps above counter.

Offset griddish wallpaper in kitchen. Fish tank. Standard room lamp.

Warehouse - staggered wall! Skylights

Pit - ladder against wall

Red & white vertical stripes on tent. Bell like Tio's that rings! Card table, folding chairs. "Say hello to my little friend."

Sand dunes. Pit again.

Annex - star on floor. Polished marble walls. Reflections of parallel beams.

Kim wearing Trylon earrings, pointing down. Stairwell.


50% Off

Circus tent again.

Montage: Tent, drain, etc. Gnome, 205 (house needs painting), 400 Fill Up. Busting car windows, Alley. Gnome loses half of face.

Lwyrup opening.

Nacho's place: Street lamp in scene as he's taken away appears to be a prop

Kim's apartment. Kim puts on Trylon earrings, pointing down.

8904 Robs Pl.: Gentle arch over front door. Grid linoleum floor, Various nooks with arches. Blue bell lights, flaring out. 7 windows in a semicircle 120 x 35 mm on screen = 3.4. Horizontal blinds. Grid of cubbyholes in big closet. Louboutin reference. Shower: GBWs on two sides.

Tio at La Fonda del Bosque.

Mike's house. Stacey's house, tree house. 7 windows in a semicircle 113 x 59 mm on screen = 1.92.

Horizontal blinds - Stacey's house exterior

Drug sale place: Hemispherical lamp.

Poker at Nacho's. Star rim. Nacho's ring.

Natural arch over windows at place next door.

Annex - Jimmy's grid-suit jacket. Parallel fluorescent beams. Phone booths and star visible. Asst DA Suzanne Erickson. Vertical stripes on blouse.

El Michoacano - Wobbling fan. Grid windows.

Erickson's spots on blouse (need closer look). Vertical lines on elevator wall. 175/70 = 2.5.

Grid screen on 5th street. Ice cream cone mimics gnome hat.


The Guy For This

Ants!

Driving - Princeton NE, and Candelaria. Natural arch for Standard Restaurant Supply.

Hector's garage: Skylight. Duct-tape-like lines on inside of garage door make a grid.

Tin ceiling on pub's ceiling visible! Conical lights over pool table.

Door with 3 windows. 2711...

Esteem - Kim's balcony railing grids.

Nacho's place: Hemispherical lamp, bong, square corner lampshade. Triangles in painting. Circular table. Rubik's cube, jigsaw puzzle. Grid gate doors and grid of blocks on yard wall. Vertical shades in dining nook.

Annex Courtroom: Staggered boxes against wall. Wall panels, TV monitor.

Interview room: Vertical narrow windows.

Outside MDC

Tucumcari call center - coming soon.

Concrete pads - 1130.

Tijeras Arroyo.

5th Street - Vertical white wall bricks 42/16 = 2.625

Tijeras Arroyo - through University underpass.

Outside Acker's gate. 4 diamonds visible on wall of living room.

Electrical yard - 10 'walls' visible.

Outside Kim's Apartment. String of lights resembles mammatus - turbulence. Throwing beer bottles.



Namaste

Bells - thrift shop - Bethlehem trading post - flying wing outside, capped arch front doorway and windows - fence outside

lamp, trophy, TV set, projector, kettle, etc. - bell-like hair thing for salon - etc., bowling ball

https://tv.avclub.com/better-call-saul-tours-the-majestic-culverts-of-albuque-1842198637

"Among the items Jimmy hefts in the antique store: lamp, trophy, tv (“still works!”), cast-iron teapot, lug wrench, pressure cooker, kettle bell, horseshoe, lawn dart, typewriter, laughing buddha, and golf club. Not only does he get a bulk discount on the bowling balls, he walks out with the bag — and you know he talked the owner into throwing it in for free."

Kim's apartment - outside

MDC interview room - cross in ceiling

Forque - Regular Wine glass hanging lamps - turquoise blue lights in background - blue shirt

Front door of Hyatt - square arches, twin flagpoles, Namast3

Schwiekart & Copley

Aerial - 1102 & 2375 - Hanging lamps

Stacey's house exterior - 2 basketball backboards

Annex - ref to Sandia Mart - Grid of Square-paneled fluorescent ceiling lights

Los Pollos - grid of tile on floor behind counter - bell lights? or vents? - over fryer - bell desk lamp

Calabacillas Arroyo - near crossover upstream of Coors

Fluorescent lights above fryer

Through culvert - to Tijeras? - gated culvert - pickup spot - looks like S. Juan Tabo Blvd. bridge - ref to O'Neill's

Acker's gate - door - barometer inside door -

Drive up to house - 40 - Staggered wall - gentle curve of gate - Pueblo Deco arches -

2724 - 2718 Manzano St. - Mike stabbed

Spanish Colonial style house - parallel beams in ceiling

Vertical bars in windows - looks like La Cienega - El Rancho de las Golondrinas

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