I’m working on my entry for the final round of the Bet On It Competition on YouTube at the moment and it’s killing me softly…I’ve decided to step completely out of my comfort zone and do something I’ve never even attempted/dared to do before: A motion graphics animation. It’ll only be 30 seconds long but since I have to “built” all the graphics and do most of the animation frame by frame it’s hard as fu**!
Wanna see a little sneak peak of my AE project? Maybe some of you tv-junkies already guess what it’s gonna be when it’s finished… Well, if I have the nerve to finish it… :-)
“That awkward moment when it’s 11 PM, you sit in the editing room at work and cry over Desperate Housewives…”—I’ve never been a big fan of the show but it’s the third promo trailer I have to edit for it and I seriously start to get invested in the characters. Bohoooo!
The unaired pilot of BBC Sherlock - a review and analysis by a geeky and over-excited film student...
I just watched the unaired pilot of BBC Sherlock that was directed by Goky Giedroyc and I must admit I’m intrigued. It is really odd watching an episode that is (mostly) the same but at the same time absolutely different from the aired episode “A Study in Pink” that was shot later and directed by Paul McGuigan. This sounds like a paradox but it isn’t. Actually it’s almost like textbook. You could show it at film school to show the impact and handwriting that a director has on a film.
For all of you who haven’t seen it: The “original” pilot is only 55 minutes long and therefore 30 minutes shorter than the aired version “A study in pink”. The BBC decided to reformat the show and to shoot it again. While the story and the dialog (mostly) is the same for almost the whole of the episode the most intriguing part is seeing all the differences.
1) The directing // visuals McGuigan has a very visual and elegant style of telling a story through pictures and symbols. It’s not very obvious when you watch “A study in pink” but you absolutely can see the lack of symbolism in the “original” pilot. Something simply doesn’t feel right and all the time while watching I felt that something - like a character - was missing (and I don’t mean Mycroft who wasn’t in the original plot). I really love and enjoy the directing and the camera work on McGuigan’s BBC Sherlock. The camera positions and angles are always quite unusual and very interesting and tell a story for themselves. I’m not saying that Giedroyc’s directing is bad but it’s much more “classic” if not “standard directing”. There are no risky shots, no “daring” of the audience to look closer. I’m not saying this is a bad thing but it definitely caught my attention.
2) The locations The locations on the early version of BBC Sherlock seem to have much less detail and appear much cheaper than the ones in “A Study in Pink” but I have to admit I LOVED the interior of 221B Baker Street in this version. I completely understand the reason’s why the changed the set and I know that it was necessary but my heart cried a bit when I saw the original one. It seemed to be a lot more comfy than Sherlock’s total mess of a flat in the later version. It made Sherlock look less like a very high functioning sociopath and more like an aristocrat. *laughs* Alone the interior of his home shows that Sherlock’s character is a bit different in this version than in “A Study in Pink” but I’ll come to that point later.
3) The editing. Using typography and effects is nothing new in the world of television but I think the dynamic use of the typo in the Sherlock episodes really defines the whole mood and style of the show. It seems much slower and less clever without them which is quite interesting. Of course there are still some great slo-mo and timewarp effects in the original pilot but it still doesn’t have the dynamic and it simply doesn’t give you the boost you’ll have while watching McGuigan’s version of the script.
4) The directing // characters This is the most interesting part. You might think that the heart, the core of the story and the characters are the same due to the same dialog in the script but you couldn’t be more mistaken. I must say that I was pretty torn when I watched Giedroyc’s version in case of the characters because there is such a HUGE difference especially the way Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Sherlock in this version. He’s not as alienated as the “later” version of Sherlock and a lot less eccentric, well I dare say he’s almost likeable. Cumberbatch says the same dialog but he seems less sharp, less insulting more… human. The whole character doesn’t appear to be ice-cold or arrogant or above everyone else like he does on the show - he’s much friendlier and warmer, he even says “please” a couple of times. ^^ I must admit I adore this version of Sherlock. I mean I do love “our” Sherlock but this interpretation was like the icing on the cake. I guess that’s a matter of taste, though and lots of people are going to disagree with me on this which is totally okay.
What I also totally adored about the original version was the fake!dunk Sherlock and drugged!Sherlock in it. Oh, and Sherlock standing on that roof like freaking Batman! I really had to lol at it but I bloody LOVED it. Probably some of my favourite scenes of all episodes.
Another positive aspect of the unaired pilot is - and I’ve never thought I’d say that when I started watching - the lenght. The plot is, without a doubt, very compressed but imho it makes so much more sense this way. I loved that the final scene between Sherlock and the Murderer actually played in 221B Baker Street and not at that school. It made the ending so much better and much more tense.
Hi,I have been a fan of your youtube videos4 a while(especially dr who ones) and have u to thank for introducing me to some beautiful music. But I wondered if I could ask you a question. My brother wants to go into film editing. He is only 15 and has asked me what sort of programme he should buy and I dont have a clue. I thought I could maybe ask you if you could recommend any programmes for a beginner?Thank you 4 your time and please dont stop making movies! Grace
that is quite a difficult question actually! *laughs*
Professional editing programmes are very, very expensive so if he’s only a beginner and just wants to try out if he likes editing and if he has a talent for it I think he should get himself one of the cheaper and more “easy” programs (like Pinnacle, Sony Vegas or even Windows Movie Maker etc.) and just start playing around with them. There are tons of semi-professional programmes to buy.
If he already knows that he wants to do it professionally then I’d recommend him to buy Adobe Production Premium CS5. It has everything you need for a professional video production (Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Illustrator etc.). If you have a Mac he might also like to buy Final Cut Pro. I personally prefer Avid Media Composer for editing (I also use it at work) but that program is bloody expensive and it’s far from being easily understandable when you open it for the first time…
I hope that helped a bit. :-)
Thanks a lot for your lovely comment about my videos. It’s always nice to hear that people appreciate what I’m doing <3 and good luck to your brother! Working as an editor can be pretty tough because the industry is quite merciless but it is also so much fun so I wish him good luck!
“The greatest Christmas present I’ve ever got was seeing my Shrek 3 Trailer on television yesterday. Nothing on earth can beat that feeling of pure excitement and joy. Not even crack I suppose.”—On Christmas Eve me and my family were waiting for it to get aired while preparing dinner. The anicipation and then seeing it made me feel like a child waiting for Santa to bring presents. Seeing my parents so proud of me was one of the best moments in my entire life. I’m sure I’ll always remember that moment.
How fucking epic was the finale of Merlin? I can’t get over it. All the slow-mo fight scenes, the fun, the angst. It was simply perfect. Well, almost.
My dear Merlin writers: I’ve been waiting for the magical reveal since season one episode one and a lot of other fans have been waiting patiently, too. Arthur trusts Merlin. Arthur’s grown up. He’ll understand. He’s ready for the reveal. Please make it happen. I beg you.
Now to the good points of the episode: I loved that Merlin totally made up the story with the Excalibur in the stone to make Arthur feel more confident. I loled my way throught the whole scene… Of course it first reminded me of this: http://youtu.be/68aEbFiCB00
Which made me grin even more… (Damn it, Supernatural! You ruined me for life!)
How am I supposed to survive a whole year without a new episode?
By the way. When Morgana was saved by the baby dragon I was so like “Merlin is a DRAGONLORD. It is SO obvious that he ordered it!” (Fanfiction? Anyone?)
I should really stop shipping them. It’s hopless. It’ll be the end of me.