The Art of Framing: The Sherlock Exemple
The Art of Framing is a new category I have wanted to start for a while now, and after this month’s multiple shootings (more on that soon) where I had to handle pretty much everything myself, I thought the time had come to officially baptize this subject.
As a director, if you don’t have to know (in theory) what lens to put on a camera, or how to light a room, you do have to know how you want to shoot your movie and ultimately how it is going to look like.
You probably have heard about and/or seen Sherlock, one of BBC’s most successful TV shows, that recently completed its second season and has seduced many viewers for its fresh take on the British pair of detectives but also for its modern and stimulating cinematography.
In a Dr. House fashion, Sherlock regularly reminds Watson: ‘you do see, you just don’t observe’. When you wach movies and tv shows, you might appreciate framing on a subconscious level, but if you are into the story, it is very hard to stop your brain to observe a frame, and isolate it from dialogs and music.
As directors, when we prepare our shot list and work on creating a story through images, it is important we already have visual references and an already built universe to find inspiration from.
Hence this article.
While writing the tilt shift article, I spent some time trying to find interviews from Sherlock’s cinematographers, but haven’t been able to find any. So I made a selection of 25 frames that I found interesting (the three above being included). I could have selected hundreds of them, my choice were based on what type of frames interest me right now.
Also, and unfortunately, keep in mind I couldn’t include any framing which was going hand in hand with a camera movement, but hopefully after that you’ll go watch or rewatch the BBC One TV show and observe them.
I hope you enjoyed this wannabe educational article, if you work for the show and I just made you lose millions or hurt its image, please contact me and I’ll be glad to take the pictures down.