8 Cinematic Techniques ‘Big Little Lies’ Uses to Mess with Your Head

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“Big Little Lies” is basically a masterclass in the art of filmmaking. Here’s why.

Created and written by David E. Kelley, Big Little Lies has become one of the most highly-acclaimed shows on television, taking home major awards at last year’s Golden Globes and Primetime Emmys, including “Best Miniseries” and “Outstanding Limited Series” respectively. So, what’s all the hubbub about?

The show centers on three women, played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley, who get tangled up in a murder investigation, and as details of the incident in question to surface, the story only gets more complicated and intense. But it’s not only the brilliant acting that makes this hellish whodunit such a powerful piece of cinema, it’s the masterful approach to filmic storytelling.

In this video essay, Michal Zak deconstructs the many different techniques director Jean-Marc Vallée uses to make Big Little Lies such a unique experience, from the show’s blocking to its use of a Greek Chorus to the theme of people watching.

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