I was the EP/Showrunner and director on this 8 hour series on 4 of the greatest crime lords in history: Pablo Escobar, John Gotti, El Chapo, and Whitey Bulger. The show aired on History.
For all these men, the end of the road was the same. Violent death or prison. So for the narrative scenes, I wanted to subtly suggest that the characters, as criminals, are always at risk of of surveillance. I used long lenses, foreground obstructions, and placed the camera in sometimes awkward positions that didn’t always yield a clear view of the action.
The viewer would fill in the missing information with their imagination.