[WATCH] NO CODE: THE FRAMING OF ‘MR. ROBOT’
The fantastic site One Perfect Shot has a brilliant video about the stunning cinematography for the USA series MR ROBOT.
The cinematography of MR. ROBOT has re-written the rules for how to shoot episodic television. Characters creep at the bottom of the screen, occupying a small quadrant of the frame which allows for brilliant negative space. Rami Malek is often in focus while the world around him is blurred, creating a paranoia and urgency. Tod Campbell, the show’s director of photography, uses the camera to create subtext, every move has purpose. You aren’t a viewer, you’re participant.
“Rules were meant to be broken.”