AMC - Mariachi Del Saul

Mariachi Del Saul

The Ask

AMC was looking for a conceptual way to tease the second season of their critically acclaimed show, Better Call Saul. The last season left Jimmy McGill (AKA Saul) at a crucial crossroads in his life, deciding whether to remain legit, or step outside the realm of law and order. The spot needed to reflect the ‘crossroads’ theme, get returning fans excited, and create intrigue for those who hadn’t yet tuned in.

The Solve

We decided to create an outward manifestation of Jimmy McGill’s inner conflict in the form of a mariachi song. Then we set the band’s performance in a seedy New Mexico dive bar representing the world Jimmy is about to enter as Saul Goodman. The camera moves through the crowd encountering a variety of rough characters as the mariachi band performs. Only in the end do we see that Jimmy McGill is there among them, seeming nervous and conflicted despite the confident ‘Yo Soy Saul’ song that plays behind him. We end with Jimmy getting an anonymous - and ominous - phone call.

Inspiration

Storyboard

"Yo Soy Saul" Song Lyrics

Online Response

  • Client - AMC

Winner - Bronze

Hatch Award - Videography


Winner

Cablefax Trailer Awards - Most Intriguing/Mysterious


Fun Facts

This spot was carefully choreographed and shot in one continuous 30-second Movi take.

Show-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould penned the song “Yo Soy Saul”, with music composed by Mariachi Bandido.

On the day of the shoot, Bob Odenkirk was only available to us for 50 minutes. But with careful planning and a lot of practice before his arrival, we were able to execute 14 takes of the continuous Movi shot.


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