Monday, April 30, 2012

Video: "The Visual Style of The Wire"

Erlend Lavik, the Norwegian academic, posted a 36-minute video essay called "Style in The Wire," which carefully and thoroughly analyzes the various visual techniques used by the show's directors over the course of its five seasons.

As Lavik notes, the visual style of The Wire is much less discussed than its multifaceted narrative, its wide range of complicated characters, and its social critique. But he makes a compelling case that the look of The Wire also contributes to the show's power, and that the series' directors established a visual approach that suited the show's aims. 

Not just for film geeks, there are some interesting points made in the video and anyone with an interest in story telling, The Wire, Film techniques and more will find this enjoyable.

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