In this post we are going to discuss visual techniques used in Sherlock TV series and their references in other Indian movies.
Lighting! Lighting!! Lighting!!!
Bright lightning is now a days widely used technique in strong visual scenes like songs and fight sequences .Sherlock series uses most brightening techniques .
2. Fully or partially overexposed background with the use of Contre-jour Technique and Lens Blur (Bokeh)
This adds dramatic effects in the frame. Pelople generally don’t use this in conventional photography as part of the frame is overexposed (also referred as burnt).
3. Using Continuous Objects to cover up and create engaging frames:
4. Last but not Least, Miniature Effect in Title Frame!
Smallgantics is a digital post production technique used for miniature faking – simulating miniature cinematography on full scale filmed sequences – created and developed by Bent Image Lab. The technique was inspired by the tilt-shift photography .Normally in big budget hollywood movies shots are made in aerial mode.But in Sherlock a small set is made and converted into as real using special effects.
Birds eye view of LondonThe Intro Scene of Sherlock, isn’t the real birds eye view view of London, its a miniature model of London City which is cleverly used in the TV series as a alternative.The view of Legoland Windsor in London which a miniature replica of the city
With simple Tilt shift and good lighting we can get images like this
5.Bullet Time Effect
This effect was used only in the ‘Sign of Three’ episode. During the wedding photograph scenes, everybody stood still while the camera panned around.
It is almost as if time stood still while the camera moved around.
Here is a photo of the camera rig used to achieve this effect.
This effect was first used in the movie Matrix in a bullet fight sequence.
Normally in any TV series, they tend to show a close up of the mobile so that we can read the SMS.
However here is how it is done in Sherlock:
Two techniques are used together to achieve this effect.
1. Motion Tracking : Subtle motion tracking markers must have been cleverly placed on objects in the set, a compositing tool like After Effects is later used to track this marker and create a movement path which corresponds to the movement of the marker on the screen.This movement path is then later linked to the text, so now every time something moves on screen, the text moves along with it.
This scene is from Tuhi rey song from Gundejaari Gallatindey movie.In this song charecters interact with SMS .So it shows those texts on screen.
7. Bright light and watching into it
At night time, if you look directly at a bright light. There is a peculiar effect, whereby you can still see that light, despite looking away. The creators of Sherlock managed to portray it effectively in the ‘Hounds of Baskerville’ episode. John goes to a dark lab and suddenly a bright light shines on him.
This is the scene from Indian movie Barfi .In aashiya song Ranbir looks into the light as he is cleaning the bulb.