Low Level Framing in The Reichenbach Fall
So much of TRF is shot with a low level frame close to the ground (without the camera being angled up or down.) In the case of these scenes in TRF, the camera is on a very low tripod.
During the first scene between John and his therapist the camera is low and static as John asks “D’you want to hear me say it?” Near the end of the episode when we return to the session, the therapist is actively trying to get John to say what’s on the tip of his tongue, what he’d wished he’d said to Sherlock. “Say it now,” she commands. He refuses and the camera zooms out over the silence between them.
It’s hella disconcerting because we can’t help but associate it with Sherlock’s point of view on the ground after the fall and with John’s point of view after he’s painfully leveled by the cyclist.
We’re meant to feel knocked to the ground, to absorb the most painful of blows, to be psychologically concussed.
We share the point of view of two living dead men, our buried protagonists.