The Art of Framing: The Luther Example
To celebrate BBC Luther‘s five nominations at the Emmys, the new art of framing is dedicated to its pilot. Even though the writing didn’t deliver for its second season, Luther is an absolute feast of the eyes, showing once more than British Shows are in the place.
The texture and the shot composition are both amazing and perfectly blending with what seems like a traditional procedural under London’s grey sky. Luther mostly alternates between establishing shots with discrete push in or out, so we have time to situate the characters in their environment and warm close-ups where the eyes are often enhanced (but you’ll have to trust me on this one, better examples illustrate this point in following episodes).
The selection I made is only a very small glimpse into Luther’s framing, but hopefully it will open up your appetite. Julian Court was the director of photography for this episode as well as 3 others from the first season.