Moffat, Gatiss, Vertue and Scott Talk About Sherlock in an hour long Masterclass
If you are not living under a rock chances are you’ve heard and/or seen Sherlock, the Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss modern take on Sherlock Holmes.
In 2 seasons, each composed of three 90 minute episodes, the tandem has managed to shake TV and TV fans. I won’t talk about a ‘cult show’, because cult doesn’t mean anything anymore, but it is a fact (as you will hear in the video below) that the show got sold to 240 territories and 50 million viewers watched it (and that’s without talking about those who didn’t watch it on TV). Both numbers are not small, and even more so when it comes to a six episodes TV show.
As mentioned before in The Art of Framing, I enjoy Sherlock because it is part of this new wave of British TV Shows (see Luther, Misfits etc) that doesn’t solely rely on having a strong script but also considers images and sound to be equally important tools to tell a story. And this is a great step forward in storytelling.
Listening to the creators and the producer of a show that will probably have a grand influence on TV Shows’ ambitions from now on, (not to forget that Moffat is also the man behind Doctor Whostellar broader career) is a chance given possible by Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival 2012 who receives them for a Joint Masterclass and published the video online last summer.
As usual, below is the list of chapters I artificially created so you can go straight to what interests you the most. Note that there are four moments where clips from Sherlock were shown to the audience but were not filmed (I put them in bold below). You can definitely skip those.
Chapter Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introducing the Masterclass
- Chapter 2: Clip (Unseen on Video)
- Chapter 3: Entrance Guests
- Chapter 4: How it all began
- Chapter 5: The difference between the 60min Pilot version and the 90min
- Chapter 6: About Casting
- Chapter 7: Andrew Scott about working on his character and gaining fame
- Chapter 8: people’s reception toward Moriarty’s character.
- Chapter 9: Clip from Baskerville (Unseen on Video)
- Chapter 10: Going from paper to screen.
- Chapter 11: Being Emboldened by 1st Season Success
- Chapter 12: Deciding who will write what story
- Chapter 13: Clip from Scandal in Belgravia (Unseen on Video)
- Chapter 14: Casting Laura Pulver
- Chapter 15: People’s reaction to Scandal in Belgravia
- Chapter 16: What they expected when creating Sherlock
- Chapter 17: Andrew Scott’s thoughts when reading the script
- Chapter 18: Creating Sherlock as Fans
- Chapter 19: Andrew Scott Sherlock from the actor’s pov
- Chapter 20: About the Score
- Chapter 21: New Clip (Unseen on Video)
- Chapter 22: About Bridging the Pool Scene from S1 and S2
- Chapter 23: About writing the ending of S1 and S2
- Chapter 24: About Moriarty’s death
- Chapter 25: about Elementary, the CBS Version
- Chapter 26: About Series 3 three words ‘Rat. Wedding. Bow’
- Chapter 27: About Filming and Airing S3
- Chapter 28: Irrelevant Question about a Fan’sDVD
- Chapter 29: Idea of continuing storyline through characters twitter accounts and online presence
- Chapter 30: Are they worried to be racing through the source material?
- Chapter 31: About Marc’s preference between write and acting
- Chapter 32: About Feedbacks when exporting the shows
- Chapter 33: About being an International Success
- Chapter 34: Doctor Who failed attempt
- Chapter 35: About keeping up with modern time evolution vs slow production
- Chapter 36: About criticism and fan blogs about Sherlock
Thanks to @JosepNovak
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