Michael Slovis

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Michael Slovis
Slovis at the 2013 Montclair Film Festival
Occupation(s)Cinematographer, television director
Years active1981–present
SpouseMaria Slovis

Michael Slovis is an American cinematographer and television director. He is best known for his cinematography on the AMC series Breaking Bad.


Slovis began his professional career in 1981. For many years, he worked as a camera operator on films. He became a cinematographer in 1995, working on the films Party Girl (1995), Half Past Dead (2002), Halloweentown (1998), The Thirteenth Year (1999), and Ready to Run (2000). In 2000, Slovis became a cinematographer on the series Ed, and worked on the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, New Amsterdam, Fringe, Royal Pains, Rubicon, Running Wilde, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul.[1]

As a director, Slovis made his directorial debut with the 2001 television film Spirit. Later, he directed episodes of Ed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Rubicon, Breaking Bad, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Hell on Wheels[1] In 2006, Slovis won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series for his work on CSI.[2]

In 2014, Slovis directed the first two episodes of the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones, titled "The Wars to Come" and "The House of Black and White".[3] In 2017, he directed episode 3 of the second season of the series Preacher.[4] Slovis directed the episodes "Thank You", "Something They Need", and "Worth" of The Walking Dead, and returned to the franchise by directing two episodes of the spin-off series The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Slovis currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Maria. They have three children.[1] He is an alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts[7] and holds a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology.


  1. ^ a b c "Breaking Bad crew, Michael Slovis". AMCtv.com. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  2. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards and Nominations for Michael Slovis". Primetime Emmy® Award Database. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "UPDATED: What can we expect from Game Of Thrones season 5?". The Wars to Come & The House of Black and White. February 21, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "Preacher Recap: All That Jazz". Damsels. July 3, 2017. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  5. ^ Murray, Noel (2017-03-27). "'The Walking Dead' Recap: Knives Out". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-09-22.
  6. ^ "The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live release date on AMC and AMC+". Undead Walking. 2024-01-29. Retrieved 2024-02-26.
  7. ^ Gajewski, Josh (May 16, 2010). "'Breaking Bad': Michael Slovis, a visual storyteller". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 12, 2011.

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