|Am 21. Juli 2013 findet ein von Sherlock Fans organisiertes bundesweites Treffen in Hamburg statt.
Weitere Informationen und die Möglichkeit Euch anzumelden, findet Ihr auf der Facebook Seite… Sherlock Meet Up
|A few weeks ago via Twitter I learnt of the crowd-funding for a short thriller which would star one of the actors I like to watch. In return for certain sums the two main producers of the film offered different perks. A perk which included the chance to become a supporting artiste caught my eye and as this description wasn’t familiar to me I asked one of the producers via Twitter if this meant one could become an extra. He answered this was the case, one would be on set with them all.
After thinking about it a little further I decided to join the funding and buy this particular perk. I became a socalled Major.
|She also gave me a new time. Now we were supposed to meet at 9.45 pm. I asked if the finishing time had also been pushed back and she replied it was still 3.30 am and that they would not be able to provide me with transport home when they finish. So the time on set suddenly had been shortened and it seemed as if I would be left standing somewhere on the streets of London at 3.30 am.
The set day finally arrived. Having some time on my hands now, and not wanting to carry my backpack and bag with the alterna-
tive clothing round London I decided to see a movie at the BFI IMAX, which has an enormous screen.
Afterwards I made my way to Liverpool Street Station to have a coffee together with another extra before we met with everyone else. By 9.45 pm quite a few women had gathered most already in evening dress. We were joined by a very friendly member of the crew who told us he was our contact person and that he’d look after us during our stay on set. If we had any questions we could ask him anytime. After introductions he informed us we’d be taking a minibus to the unit base. I asked him if he happened to know why our time had been cut short and he replied there had been several schedule changes which was rather normal during a film production. He also told us we were being part of something special and that the crowdfunding especially the velocity of the money gathered had started a controversy in the business.
While we waited for the latecomers to arrive he collected our NDAs and Release Agreements of which we had sent scanned versions before and checked our passports. When the formali-
ties had been settled he lead us to the waiting minibus and we drove to a car park which actually only was 5 minutes away. On the bus our mobile phones were collected and afterwards stored in the office trailer on the car park. We were taken to another trailer which functioned as a lounge for the crew. Inside were benches and tables. We left our bags and backpacks there and were shown the catering trailer where we could choose from two different dishes. There was also a tent with coffee and tea. We went back into the trailer and sat there with our food. I’d just started eating as someone of the production came in and was about to talk to us when one of the main actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, jumped up the stairs into the trailer. He stood there rubbing his hands and delivered a little thank you speech telling us how very appreciated our funding was. All the time he seemed very tense and nervous. I had the slight impression he was also rather embarassed. After a minute he was gone again. So we continued our late supper and then another extra and I went outside, walked around a little and chatted. When we stood somewhere near the catering trailer a car moved from the car park taking Benedict and a few other people to the set.
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|As it was cold we decided to wait in the trailer. The production manager came in and welcomed us. She told us someone would later come and check our clothes and inform us about our parts. After she left I went outside for another stroll. I chatted with a very nice (and handsome) member of the crew about the theatre plays I was planning to see the on next two evenings and he asked me about Munich. He also asked if I was just there for Mr. Cumberbatch. I told him that even though his work interested me, he wasn’t the main reason for me to have bought that perk. I told him I was looking forward to seeing the progress on the film set. I’d mentioned something similar to the person who met us at outside the junk food restaurant earlier on.
Some more time passed by and I was standing outside again when suddenly our contact person came and asked a few of us to hop on the minibus. Off we went to see the set which wasn’t too far away in a small street which bent around a building. In the bend people were standing and when we joined them we could see the camera was set behind the corner to take a scene in which Benedict Cumberbatch starred. Someone from the crew kindly asked if we’d like some tea or coffee and sipping my tea I watched the scene being filmed. Afterwards people started to move things. To my right production sound mixer Nigel Alberma-
niche was getting up from his seat in front of his sound recording equipment so I went over and said hello. He beamed at me and after greeting another extra two guys helped him move his equip-
ment. Our small group followed them along the street which went around another corner at the rear end. The director Patrick Viktor Monroe came to greet us and thanked us personally with a hand-
shake for helping fund the film. He was joined by Ben Dillon who also thanked us and excused his co-producer Adam Ackland who could not be on set. Then he asked us where we came from and each one of us told them.
When we shortly thereafter walked back towards the minibus I asked Patrick if they already knew who’d write the score for the film. He told me they might win two special musicians for this but as nothing was certain, yet, he asked me to keep the names to myself.
[ Sorry folks! They are awesome, though. ]
When we had returned to the car park our former trailer was being fetched and we passed onto another which consisted of two small dressing rooms furnished with two sofas, make-up tables & mirrors.The second half of our group of sixteen now went off to visit the set.
|Outside our new trailer I saw two men I’d noticed before. They were setting up a camera. When they were finished they asked if we would give them little interviews for the »Behind the Scenes« film which they were shooting. In threes we stood in front of the camera to answer three questions which involved where we came from, why we had chosen to become Majors and if we liked Benedict Cumberbatch.
When our group had been interviewed the minibus returned and the second eight were interviewed. Our contact person asked if we’d like some tea and/or coffee and even though we offered to help him carry the beverages he insisted on our staying comfor-
table in the trailer. A little later after the others had returned from the set he started taking notes of our destinations as they wanted to get us taxis after filming had finished.
The second group told us they’d seen five takes on the set which included some »Cumberrunning« and after another while of chat-
ting one of the two production managers who as we’d been told earlier on were the heart & soul of the production’s organisation, came and told us our scene was due soon.
I was standing outside the trailer with most of the others when she told us and suddenly a man appeared behind her whom I’d noticed on set before. He was wearing a long coat and on his way to have his make-up removed. He introduced himself as Nick Moran and thanked us for our funding. He left a rather pleasant and friendly impression with me before disappearing into the make-up trailer.
Our group got onto the minibus and was driven to the set once more. On set they had moved the equipment into the far road’s bend and while we stood waiting for further instructions we were joined by a woman and a man who were wearing safety jackets with reflective stripes. We stood at a small distance to the actual set and the crew were still moving pieces of equipment down the road towards the bend. I watched a bit and then turned to the woman to ask if she knew what we were supposed to be doing and if we were allowed to talk or should rather mime quietly. It was the man who answered my questions rather harshly by saying something like I’d find out in a moment. I was rather surprised by his unfriendliness but didn’t say anything further. Soon thereafter someone motioned us to walk past the bend and a little further down the road and gave us instructions on where to stand. I was at the back of the group and didn’t understand him too well as he was speaking rather quietly.
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|However I figured out from where I was supposed to start walking alright by watching the others. We did two rehearsals followed by five takes. During one take I happened to meet eyes with the director Patrick who was looking somehow rather annoyed. It surprised me at the time but I didn’t think much about it. After our five takes had been shot another small scene was being filmed and I stood near two monitors on which the camera’s perspective could be viewed. Then the famous words »It’s a wrap!« were called out. The director told us good-bye and shook everyone’s hand once more. Somehow he looked a little disappointed but maybe he was just tired.
I followed one of the other extras towards the minibus which was waiting for us behind a black car. When the first extra had almost reached it, one of its doors opened and Benedict Cumberbatch stepped out smiling. He said something like »well, good-bye then ladies« and shook the fellow extra’s hand. Coming up behind her I reached out mine and he shook it as well, saying »thank you very much«. When he noticed the third extra who was walking behind me he hesitated for a moment, then shook her hand saying »oh, well, let’s go through with this then«. And he shook every extra’s hand, thanking each of us personally. This was very nice of him especially as he had waited for us even though he could have already gone home. Yet again he struck me as feeling uncomfortable, overstrained and due to the time of course, tired.
I noticed the other producer Adam, who’s a friend of Mr. Cumberbatch, appear by his side and tug his arm. Both then got into another car and I went to and sat on the minibus. Looking out of the window I could see some of the crew were standing around the other car talking to the two inside until they finally drove off. Our minibus went back to the car park where we gathered our stuff and waited for the taxis which had been called.
I’d meanwhile heard that there was going to be a re-shoot on Saturday and now asked our contact person whether it might be possible to watch then as I still would have liked to see a little more of the work on a filmset. He told me to ask the production assistant. So when she came to stand by my side some time later, I addressed her with my question. She promised to ask the production manager if I could join. Shortly afterwards my taxi arrived and before I left I said good-bye to Ben Dillon who was standing nearby talking to one the extras.
|Two days later I met with someone who’d been an extra, too, for coffee & cake and we shared our thoughts. She told me that she wouldn’t be surprised if they cut our scene from the film as we had been supposed to be quiet and hardly anyone had been. I was dumbfounded to hear this. Apparently the person telling us where to stand had said twice we were supposed to mime laughter and talk. I never heard him say so and as most of the others hadn’t been quiet either I guess they also missed this instruction. In the situation itself I had thought that they actually wanted to capture the sound. I still don’t understand why if we were supposed to be quiet nobody of the rest of the crew told us so. Each time we’d done our walk and come to a halt they’d have had the opportunity to tell us. This revelation added a feeling of failure to the disappointment of hardly seeing any of the work done on set.
A while later I received a text message from the production assistant informing me, very nicely, that the set on Saturday would be closed & crew only so unfortunately I couldn’t watch.
Strictly personal view
So to be honest even now, a week after all this took place, a mixture of disappointment, frustration and unhappiness prevails remembering this experience.
Mind you, despite it all I’m still convinced the film will turn out awesome!
It still seems to be unclear to some readers why I purchased this perk… let me put it like this:
a) London (30%)
b) watch work on filmset (35%)
c) cool plot & thriller (15%)
d) see Cumberbatch & Moran act (20%)
Übersetzung des Radio Times Artikels Steven Moffat promises a puzzling climax to Sherlock’s third series von Tom Cole, 16. Mai 2012.
|Steven Moffat verspricht einen verblüffenden Höhepunkt am Ende von Sherlocks dritter Staffel
Sherlocks Executive Producer Steven Moffat versprach Fans, dass der Höhepunkt der dritten Serienstaffel über den glän-
Als er bei der Verleihung der Baftas für Film-Handwerk sprach, bekannte er, dass er und Co-Autor Mark Gatiss bereits ein geniales Ende für die sehnlichst erwartete dritte Staffel verfasst hätten.
Er erzählte: »Wir hatten unser Treffen, wir haben beschlossen was wir machen und wie wir vorgehen werden, und ich denke, wir haben einen Höhepunkt am Ende der nächsten Staffel, der die Leute noch frustrierter zurücklassen wird, als sie es je waren.«
|Moffat sagte zudem, dass Sherlocks vermeintliches Ableben am Ende von Staffel Zwei als eines der gerissensten in die Geschichte eingehen wird, wenn die Fans seine Methode erfahren.
»Wir wissen, was wir tun. Wenn Sherlock Holmes seinen eigenen Tod vortäuscht, dann sollte es lieber der am besten vorgetäuschte Tod aller Zeiten sein. Ich denke, es ist ziemlich gut«, sagte er.
Nachdem ihm der Bafta Film-Handwerkspreis für den besten Dreh-
»Benedict ist diese wunderschöne, exotisch anmutende Kreatur. Er wird nie einen gewöhnlichen Mann spielen, weil er es nicht kann. So ist er nicht, aber er wird die Geschichten großer Männer verkörpern.«
»Wohingegen Martin Freeman meiner Meinung nach, das genaue Gegenteil darstellt: er lässt gewöhnliche Menschen faszinierend wirken. Er findet die Poesie im Gewöhnlichsein und das ist einen außerordentliche, ausgezeichnete Begabung. Er kann unser Leben erzählen und es faszinierend erscheinen lassen.«
[Anmerkung: Der Originalartikel enthält ein Video.]
Übersetzung des Artikels Amanda Abbington on ‘Sherlock’ role: ‘You have to up your game’ von Morgan Jeffery, 21. Mai 2013.
|Amanda Abbington behauptet, sie hätte am Set von
»Sherlock« ihr (Schau-)Spiel steigern müssen.
|Die Schauspielerin, die mit »Sherlock« Star Martin Freeman
liiert ist, übernimmt in der dritten Staffel der Detektivserie eine geheimnisvolle Rolle.
“Mit Martin an »Sherlock« zu arbeiten ist wirklich inspirierend, da er unglaublich gut in seinem Beruf ist” erzählte sie Radio Times.
Abbington – die wie gemunkelt wird, John Watsons zukünftige Frau Mary Morstan spielen wird – erzählte auch, dass sie Erfahrungen mit ‘verrückten’ Online-Reaktionen von »Sherlock« Fans gesammelt hat, seit bekannt wurde, dass sie mitspielt.
Zu ihrer Rolle gab sie an: “Nun, vielleicht heirate ich Molly [Louise Brealey]? Ich stellte diese Idee auf Twitter und sie drehten alle durch, all die kleinen »Sherlock« Verrückten.
The British actor Benedict Cumberbatch – Translation of the Film-Dienst article Brainy = Sexy by Felicitas Kleiner, 11/2013.
|Translation by Carinnsche.
One close-up of Benedict Cumberbatch is enough to know that the Starfleet is facing a lot of trouble in Star Trek: Into Darkness. One look at his pale unmoving face with the irritatingly bright piercing eyes and a charismatic villain has effortlessly been established, who is going to turn out to be one of the most legendary Star Trek villains of all time, the genetically enhanced superhuman Khan.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch rose to fame rapidly in the past few years. His role in Star Trek is practically his membership card for the club of “Brit evil masterminds”, without which Hollywood’s franchise movies would lack their best villains. What qualifies him for this – aside from his strange eyes and the striking voice – is his ability to show an arrogantly aristocratic superiority that seems as if he managed to bring the British Empire’s ambitions for world domination into the 23rd Century. Even when Khan is wearing handcuffs due to having surrendered and therefore isn’t in a position of power, Cumberbatch’s straight posture makes Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) look like a limp dishrag.
But it’s impossible to reduce the roles that the actor, born in London in 1976, embodies to the image of superior “Upper-Class Britishness”: It is the disruptions and contradictions of the façade which make his roles interesting. This especially applies to the part which made Benedict Cumberbatch famous: His portrayal of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC show »Sherlock« has attracted an extensive and avid fanbase. “Brainy is the new sexy”. This is what Irene Adler says to Holmes after being a witness to his brilliant deductions in the episode »A Scandal in Belgravia« which tells the story of their encounter as equal opponents in a game about truth, bluffs and mutual attraction. The attraction of Cumberbatch’s updated version of Holmes has recently been confirmed by the readers of »The Sun« who voted him Britain’s “Sexiest Man” for the second time. But this is not only due to his good looks. His face is what is generally called a “character head” – a not really harmonious accumulation of rough edges (the cheekbones), boyishly soft parts (the mouth, the slightly knobbly nose) and the pale grey-green-blue eyes. While he is good looking, it is not the rather apparent Brad Pitt kind of good looks but rather the quicksilver Tilda Swinton kind, which can easily revert to the opposite should a role require it.
Cool Logic and Obsession
The road to this star role led the 37 years old actor via the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art for his actor’s training and from there to many small and bigger movie roles for TV and cinema. In 2004 he garnered quite a bit of attention for a role in a BBC movie, which was similarly brainy: his portrayal of the physicist Stephen Hawking. Also impressive is his embodiment of the villain in the movie »Atonement« (2007) by Joe Wright: Benedict Cumberbatch plays a seducer/rapist who lets an innocent man go to jail for his assault of a minor. The character is a braggy man whose narrow-minded egotism can hardly be concealed by his boastful façade.
Since Sherlock he has been swamped with prestigious projects. This led to his appearance in Steven Spielberg’s »War Horse«, his part in the illustrious All-Star-Cast of Tomas Alfredson’s »Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy« as well as the lead in the National Theatre’s production of »Frankenstein« (director: Danny Boyle). Here Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternated in the portrayal of the roles of Doctor Frankenstein and his creature – an excessive bodily act of force as a contradiction to his embodiment of the “untouchable” intellectual Sherlock.
Even if the actor told of having had trouble to come to terms with people trying to define him by the Upper Class cliché in some interviews and saw his work in the USA as a liberation, it didn’t stop from accepting another gentleman-role in the miniseries »Parade’s End« (2012). He depicts a deeply conservative member of the landed gentry of York who built his believes on outdated concepts of honour before and during the First World War. He is mourning the old feudal system in a world that keeps on changing and is conflicted by what is happening around him – be it economically, socially or politically – but also by what is happening with himself. A signature role for Cumberbatch. But he took care not to be stuck with the gentleman image nonetheless.
Dragon, Necromancer and Data-Pirate
UK-Import: Weitere Cumberbatch-Auftritte
„To the Ends of the Earth“ (BBC-Miniserie, 2005)
„Stuart: A Life Backwards“ (2007)
„The Last Enemy“ (BBC-Miniserie, 2008)
„Third Star“ (2010)
„The Whistle-blower“ (2010)
|Gleich vorweg, dieser Beitrag wird die Ausnahme bleiben, denn die Webseite soll in erster Linie das Thema »Sherlock« behan-
deln. Aber da ich diese Information eben von der Firma direkt erhielt und das Ganze eventuell sogar ein wenig mitverursachte, freue ich mich, allen die gerne dieses T-Shirt hätten, mitteilen zu können, dass der Hersteller Brooklyn Industries eine Neuauflage produzieren und diese Ende Juni erhältlich sein wird.
Was hat es mit dem T-Shirt auf sich?
UPDATE vom 21. März 2013: Wie mir die Firma eben mitteilte, wird es die Neuauflage dieses Designs nicht nur als Herren-, sondern erstmals auch als Damen-T-Shirt geben.
Übersetzung des Artikels Sherlock Series 3 von Sherlockology, 8. März 2013. Martin Freeman und andere Quellen hatten in den vergangenen Wochen in verschiedenen Interviews bzw. bei Veranstaltungen die Tage zum Beginn der Produktion gezählt, und so fragten wir bei Hartswood Films Produzentin Sue Vertue mit einem wahrschein- Sue bestätigte zudem netterweise eine zweite Information, die in Zusammenhang mit der zeitlichen Planung des Drehs steht. Von langer Hand geplante Vorbereitungen, die die Verfügbarkeit von Benedict und Martin einbeziehen, bedeuten, dass die Hauptauf- Sue meinte: “Aufgrund der Verpflichtungen aller Beteiligten, Also ist damit die Wartezeit auf Nachrichten zum Beginn
Nach Wochen (oder waren es Monate?) der Spekulation kann Sherlockology enthüllen, dass die Dreharbeiten zur sehnlichst er-
warteten dritten Staffel von Sherlock am 18. März 2013 beginnen.
lichen Datum an, das sie uns bestätigte.
nahmen für Sherlocks Staffel Drei in zwei Abschnitten erfolgen werden. Zwei Episoden werden ab dem 18. März gedreht. Nach einer Pause im Frühsommer wird die dritte und letzte Folge ge-
hätten wir nie alle drei Filme in einem langen Zeitraum unterbringen können. Dass wir so flexibel sein können, ermöglicht es uns weitere Sherlock Folgen zu drehen.”
des Drehs vorüber und wenn die Produktion in den höch-
sten Gang hochschaltet, halten wir Euch zu Sherlocks
Staffel Drei – Spoiler frei! – auf dem Laufenden.
Martin Freeman und andere Quellen hatten in den vergangenen Wochen in verschiedenen Interviews bzw. bei Veranstaltungen die Tage zum Beginn der Produktion gezählt, und so fragten wir bei Hartswood Films Produzentin Sue Vertue mit einem wahrschein-
Sue bestätigte zudem netterweise eine zweite Information, die in Zusammenhang mit der zeitlichen Planung des Drehs steht. Von langer Hand geplante Vorbereitungen, die die Verfügbarkeit von Benedict und Martin einbeziehen, bedeuten, dass die Hauptauf-
Sue meinte: “Aufgrund der Verpflichtungen aller Beteiligten,
Also ist damit die Wartezeit auf Nachrichten zum Beginn
|Übersetzung des Radio Times Artikels Sherlock’s Martin Freeman: I’ll punch Benedict Cumberbatch again if I have to! von Paul Jones, 31. Januar 2013.
Der Star sagt, er hofft, dass John Watsons Reaktion auf die Rückkehr seines Freundes von den Toten ‘recht brutal sein wird’
Martin Freeman erzählte uns bereits, dass er selbst im Dunkeln tappt, wenn es um die 3. Staffel von »Sherlock« geht, aber er weiß genauso gut wie jeder andere, dass die Rückkehr des Detektivs von den Toten wohl kaum die gleiche Reaktion bei seinem Charakter John hervorrufen wird, wie die beim literarischen Dr. Watson in Sir Arthur Conan Doyles Originalgeschichte.
»Ich denke, [Sherlock Co-Erfinder] Mark [Gatiss] dachte sicherlich, dass ohnmächtig werden nicht sehr zeitgemäß für 2013 ist«, sagte Freeman der Radio Times auf ihrer jährlichen Cover Party. “Ich weiß nicht wie Johns Reak-
Freemans Charakter hat schon ein wenig Erfahrung darin mit seinem Serienkollegen auf Tuchfühlung zu gehen, nachdem er ihm bereits in der Folge »A Scandal In Bel-
Ist er bereit Co-Star Benedict Cumberbatch wieder eine zu verpassen, wenn es das Drehbuch vorsieht?
“Nur in der Rolle. Ich tue es, wenn es sein muss”, sagte Freeman. “Yeah, da wär ich dabei!”