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Friday, October 30 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Breaking In by Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul

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Spin-offs get a bad rap for being shoddy schemes to continue profiting from a former success, and too often the thing that suffers the most is the writing. Better Call Saul proves outright that a spin-off can actually be a well-written masterpiece that honors the world of the origin show while being good--really good--in its own right. In its first season, Saul has garnered a substantial following from new viewers as well as from the Walter White fan-base, who approve of the graceful shift from the inimitable Breaking Bad into a show that maintains its commitment to character-driven narrative. Join Gordon Smith for a conversation on making the transition from writers assistant on Breaking Bad to an Emmy© nominated writer for Better Call Saul episode "Five-O," and the ways his role has changed from show to show.

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Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Machete, Shorts, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
Alvaro Rodriguez is a screenwriter who has co-authored the films SHORTS and MACHETE, both directed by Robert Rodriguez, as well as THE HANGMAN'S DAUGHTER, a prequel to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. A frequent panelist and presenter at the Austin Film Festival, he has also curated an "Epoca... Read More →

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Gordon Smith

writer Better Call Saul; writers’ assistant Breaking Bad
Gordon Smith was born and raised in Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan where he studied writing and lurked around the theatre department, writing plays. Afterward, he walked the earth like Caine from Kung Fu for a few years, working random jobs, including helping out... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
The Driskill Hotel, Crystal Room

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