the vfx show #93: Sherlock Holmes

Mike Seymour, Jason Wingrove, and Jason Diamond discuss the feature film “Sherlock Holmes” and the nature of doing visual effects in period films.

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Producers: Todd Scholton and Mat Graham

Show Notes:

Sherlock Holmes

London Today
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper
The Mummy
Sherlock Holmes FAQ-Speaks to cocaine use
double negative
Chas Jarrett
David Vickery (DNeg)
Jonathan Fawkner (Framestore)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
End Titles by Prologue Films
Sean Daly-Illustrator mentioned by Jason Diamond

1 thought on “the vfx show #93: <em>Sherlock Holmes</em>”

  1. Congratulations on a great show again. Enjoyed it very much.

    I found it interesting listening to your opinion about the movie, not the Fx, from the perspective of three people that have not read the books. After watching it, I was wondering how it would be received by an audience such as you.

    As a young teenager, I read all the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes books. Ever since, I’ve watched many films and TV shows about the character, and even read some books written by other authors. Today I watch the TV show House.

    Because of my past experience, I found the movie disappointing as a Sherlock Holmes movie. If it had been billed as an action film without the character, I would have liked it much more.

    My problem was that the character is supposed to be near perfect. He has observational abilities that rival no one elses’, and he constantly is matching those observations with his encyclopedic knowledge of the world around him. Downey’s Holmes shows hints of this here and there, but through most of the movie I had to keep reminding myself that I was meant to be watching Holmes, not some action guy.

    I’m all for taking a character in a new direction, but not at the expense of removing what made the character himself in the first place. Visually, I loved the film and I loved the art direction, the environments, costumes, etc. But character wise, I felt sadly disappointed.

    Juan Carlos

    PS: If you are wondering why I mentioned the TV show House, it is because Gregory House is an anti-social genius with a keen ability to observe minute details and use those to solve mysteries with his complete knowledge of everything that there is to know about medicine. He is also a drug addict who lives in apartment 221-B.

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