The film director Barry Levinson asked Wayne Ewing to create the visual style of the dramatic series “Homicide: Life on the Street” for NBC.
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Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 Breathless, Ewing created a style of shooting and editing that heavily influenced episodic television in the nineties. Ewing’s other dramatic television includes directing episodes of “Mike Hammer,” “Born Free,” “Air America” and “High Tide.”
“Homicide: Life on the Street” is only the best damn drama of the season….The visual style of ‘Homicide’ is striking too: it has the edginess but no the grubbiness of ‘Hill Street,’ with Wayne Ewing’s hand-held camera work bringing you into the midst of the action as if he were covering a story as much as telling one. Abrupt editing adds to the gritty authenticity.” Tom Shales, The Washington Post
“Wayne Ewing gets in actors’ faces in ways never seen before in TV drama, proving that ‘talking heads’ are anything but dull.” Jonathan Storm, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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