‘El Camino’ Composer Dave Porter on Returning to the World of ‘Breaking Bad’

Collider | 10/14/2019 | Adam Chitwood
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El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie not only marks the return of Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, or the many other familiar faces who returned for cameos (or larger roles), but the Netflix film reunites many of the behind-the-scenes talents from Breaking Bad as well. That includes composer Dave Porter, whose iconic score for the Emmy-winning AMC series served as a vital backbone for the show as it progressed into darker territory throughout its run. Porter’s soundscape helped build out the world of Breaking Bad as a tangible place; a tactile world that made the character beats all the more impactful.

With El Camino writer/director (and Breaking Bad creator) Vince Gilligan bringing Porter back for the Netflix film, I recently got the chance to speak with the composer about his terrific work on the movie. Unfortunately, at the time that we conducted the interview, Porter was forbidden from getting into specifics and I had not yet seen the film, so the conversation doesn’t delve into and plot details or character revelations.

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That said, we did have an engaging chat about the benefits that scoring a film gave Porter, the key way his working relationship with Gilligan changed on El Camino, how he first found out a Breaking Bad movie was getting made, his outstanding work on Better Call Saul, and the evolution of the core creative team from Breaking Bad over time.

It’s a fun, wide-ranging discussion with one of the key creative brains behind two of the best shows on television, and while we don’t go into specifics, there are fascinating insights to be gleaned about the El Camino experience. Check out the full interview below.

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For more on the film, check out our breakdown of the ending and find out why it was almost three hours long.

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