How to create scenery for the show.
In the night from 15 to 16 January ended the fourth season of the British television series “Sherlock”. While in social networks, and offices to discuss the work of the writers, and BBC Worldwide is investigating the leak of the final episode, let’s see how it all began: as a film set out of nothing rose the apartment of Holmes and Watson, and what details has filled its artistic Director.
Is the artistic Director of the series Arvel Wine Jones. In addition to “Sherlock”, he worked on the TV series “Doctor Who”, “the adventures of Sarah Jane”, “the Boys from the bakery” and “Wizards vs aliens”.
Work on scenery begun in February 2016.
When designers only began working on “Sherlock”, Arvel Wines Jones gave them the main principle of working writers: the series is “adventure, which involved the audience.” The crew have aimed to make the audience want themselves to be in apartment 221-B Baker street and spend time with the main characters.
Initially apartment 221-B was designed in the Victorian style, but then it was decided to turn it into a modern London apartment — with Wallpaper on the walls and furnishings 1930-1940-ies. The creators of the series were actively looking for equivalents of objects that are mentioned in the books about Sherlock.
In search of the very thing VIN Jones with the team scoured the Internet, antique shops and shops of the booksellers. New chair Sherlock would have cost thousands of pounds, but on eBay I found the old one, which looked even better a bit worn.
If it was possible to find only a new item, it could “wear out”.
In a series of falls of the Reichenbach hero, Cumberbatch says: “you Can return to the place that you want, but not the dust.” Wines Jones laughs: “of Course, dust can be put back into place. This is what we do. I have a sprayer typically used for indoor plants. Of it is blown a little light cloud of dust, which immediately settles”.
In apartment 221-B not only has the books that might have belonged to Holmes and Watson: VIN Jones says that on the shelves there are rooms of the American magazine “reader’s digest”.
But since the pilot episode to the original books, and added many new ones. Himself, VIN Jones brought something out of Edgar Allan PoE. Mark Gatiss suggested to be filled with books the room for Sherlock, and there was a series of detective novels. About some of them asked Cumberbatch, others related to the story — for example, “Memoirs of a runner from bow street.”
Arvel so enthusiastic about the design of “Sherlock” that brought to the set his knife Leatherman — they Sherlock sticks letter to the mantelpiece. To the artist-Director had to buy a new knife.
For “Sherlock” Arvel was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award 2011 Emmy and 2012. For the design of a series of “Study in pink” he won a 2011 BAFTA Cymru Award.
Now in London, on the door listed only the house number and apartment numbers marked on the doorbells. But as 221-B is an important part of the history of Holmes, the creators have departed from the modern practice of numbering.
Furniture before shooting need to be cleaned.
Arvel says: “We wanted to erase the difference between the laboratory and the kitchen, because Holmes does not cost anything to boil the kettle and at the same time to experience with a torn hand, or reheat the beans with a Bunsen burner.
Burner and the fireplace associated with small gas cylinders, responsible for special people.
The skull on the mantel is made from plaster. For the series “the Dog of Baskerville” it did deepen: John hid it from Sherlock, a pack of cigarettes.
Most in apartment 221-B Arvelo like the head of a Buffalo in the headphones. The skull was bought and covered in glossy black paint, and headphones added spontaneously at the last moment.
Before the start of filming Arvelo need to sit alone in the ready room, to make sure that the team has achieved the right atmosphere. What he thinks about the apartment 221-B? “This is a cool place.”
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman say they feel at home in this setting — but what about the actors who appear there for the first time? According to Arvela, most of them are happy and excited: “do Not know how this affects their acting, and the reactions they are supposed to represent. But when they walk — they are like children in a toy store!”
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