Mid0nz: Sherlock's Danger Night

I'm mid0nz. This blog explores BBC Sherlock from a 44 year old fangirl's perspective. Sometimes subject matter & the occasional reblog are NSFW. I'm obsessed with cinematography, the 221B set & props, and the soundtrack. Sometimes there are otters.

MOTTO: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
-Walt Whitman
Who I Follow
I found out David Bowie likes it today. He’s obsessed with it. That is f***ing cool.

Mark Gatiss, on Sherlock. (via superjewess)

That IS fucking cool!

(via professorfonz)



Here are the results!

Operation Syntax: The Role of Translation and its Effect on Johnlock

this is part 1 | link to part 2

Wow. This is intense! And fascinating.

Meet Director of Photography Suzie Lavelle!

(For 221beemine who had the good sense to watch the credits!)

You probably best know her work on Doctor Who: 

  • Time Heist (2014)
  • Listen (2014)
  • Cold War (2013) 

In what is generally regarded to be an industry profession dominated by men, Suzie Lavelle has fought her way to become one of Ireland’s most promising directors of photography. In 2010, she became the first female winner of the Director of Photography IFTA for her work on Conor Horgan’s ‘One Hundred Mornings’ and has since been nominated a second time for Rebecca Daly’s ‘The Other Side of Sleep’.

Lavelle has shown daring and versatility in her short career, from shooting a post-apocalyptic Ireland (One Hundred Mornings) to the gritty inner city of Dublin (Pyjama Girls) to Matt Smith’s tardis on ‘Doctor Who’, and her latest work on Channel 4’s new series ‘My Mad Fat Diary’.

The most common misconception people have about my job is… it’s only just about camera and lighting. I think lots of people think it is. But it’s so much more, about working and managing your crew, being able to articulate your ideas. People think it’s all technical also, when it’s really a split. It’s really a 50 per cent creative and 50 per cent technical job. It’s also so much about being adaptable too. (x)


I’m quite serious. What could I create for you that you’d be truly excited about? What do you want to know? What kinds of examples would interest you? What would you ask a pro? If you’d be interested in a book, why would it appeal to you? I’m looking for feedback— as much detail as you can/want to provide. Send me an ask, or an email (mj.accounts@gmail.com) or reblog.

Please and thank you!


macgyvershe answered your question “AMA?”

What have I got in my pocket? :)



lolamayfab answered your question “AMA?”

What are you working on for your next fic??

If all goes according to plan my next work will be non-fiction. I’m not a very good fic writer anyway ;-)



twotwoonebeemine replied to your post “AMA?”

Favorite fruit? (My mind’s a blank)



hazelovesgus answered your question “AMA?”

Does anything ever happen for a reason?

Most things happen for a reason. Except platypuses.


thatvictoriagirl answered your question “AMA?”

Off hand, do you have any idea how one becomes a set dresser/decorator? I mean, what credentials do you need? How do you get started?

I’d go here: http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/113-ba-hons-tv-and-film-set-design


akagregory answered your question “AMA?”

If you had to choose, would you rather have full access to the Sherlock set during S4 production or have Johnlock become canon?


S4. I don’t care if Johnlock ever becomes canon. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
just wondering if you plan on attending any Sherlock-related events in the next few months??
mid0nz mid0nz Said:

Well it doesn’t look like Sherlocked the Event is happening. I was planning on going to that. I’ve never been to a fandom con before. I am going to London in a couple of weeks. Sherlocky things will happen there. Does that count?

postcardsfromtheoryland answered your question “AMA?”

City condo or beach house? (I’ve been looking at housing options at my phd schools so I’m in a real estate-y mood)

City condo. Beach houses are for renting. 

whovianhermit answered your question “AMA?”

If you had a very small genie of limited powers, what would you ask it for?

A dinner reservation at just the perfect spot. Then I’d want to know where it is and when I’m supposed to be there!

androdea answered your question “AMA?”

Alrighty… What’s your favorite movie :PPP

Dead Man. dir. by Jim Jarmusch. 

ardentlittlefire answered your question “AMA?”

Is there a film/show you’ve seen where you’re not sure what visual technique they used & it still bugs you they’re you’re not sure?

Not really, but I think that I will never understand why they made the plant move.

It’s really late. I’m sick and I’m bored and I’m lonely. Ask me anything!

Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide talking business at an industry conference. 

33:30 — “Sherlock— There’s definitely ways we can develop fan bases underneath programme brands.”

44:50 Starts discussion of Doctor Who 

43:51 Mentions Facebook and tumblrWe will tailor bits of content to each one of those communities.”

44:00 “One of the things that’s really working well is the development of fan bases.”  

45:00 “This brand [Doctor Who] has had a record year…”

45:30 Doctor Who World Tour

45:30 “This whole ‘fan culture’ thing is totally new to me. So youthful and so full of joy” -Peter Capaldi (video of cosplayers)

The idea of there being a fourth wall between content creators and fans may be comforting, but it’s outdated. While Gatiss might not know about fawnlock or Omegaverse, for example, it’s somebody’s job at BBC Worldwide not only to know about it, but to be very in tune with fans and probably even be one (or many) of us. (Thus the Doctor Who tumblr.) If you want a little privacy to create apart from what’s marketed to us… well LiveJournal has become relevant again. In the future we’ll have to hide from them!

They know. 

I’m quite serious. What could I create for you that you’d be truly excited about? What do you want to know? What kinds of examples would interest you? What would you ask a pro? If you’d be interested in a book, why would it appeal to you? I’m looking for feedback— as much detail as you can/want to provide. Send me an ask, or an email (mj.accounts@gmail.com) or reblog.

Please and thank you!

Asker otp221b Asks:
Did you ever find out who it is in the profile Portrait of Man in Grey Suit to the left of the fireplace? It's driving me nuts.
mid0nz mid0nz Said:

Hi otp221b!

In “The Visitor” Moriarty calls it market stall tat.


But here’s the story of why it stayed on the set.

Who is the subject of the portrait— I dunno. It’s not important. Gatiss’s answer satisfies me. YMMV. 

Thanks for the asks! -MJ

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Thank you for all your amazing and informative posts about how Sherlock is made. They have oppened my appetite to know more about film making. Can you recommend my further DVD, links or books where can i learn more? And please, please, please do more interviews with the Sherlock crew, they are the best i read.
mid0nz mid0nz Said:

Hi Anon!  Thanks for the kind words— they’re very encouraging to me.

Before you go further if you want to learn about amazing cinematography I MUST rec the adverts of Ridley Scott. You will get a crash course in cinema 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time.


  • I LOVE this commercial, The Key to Reserva by Martin Scorsese but you’ll want to watch Hitchcock’s films first because it’s an homage/parody of them.
  • David Lynch and a host of other brilliant directors have done just amazing fucking commercials and music videos. I’d start there b/c they’re short and you can watch them on YouTube or Vimeo or DailyMotion repeatedly— just remember many of them are older so they aren’t available in HD. Don’t let the poor quality of the internet video get in the way
  • Did I mention I LOVE this and this?! (because I do.)

There are two books in English that I’ve found valuable for understanding filmmaking. Shooting Movies without Shooting Yourself in the Foot by Jack Anderson and Cinematography Theory and Practice by Blain Brown. 

I love the websites listed below. The ones I’ve starred are very technical but all of them have at least some posts from time to time that are excellent for laypeople:

As far as movies with amazing cinematography I could make a list of 100+ but I can recommend starting where I did. Some of these films I love and some I just find really interesting. I’ve starred the ones I connected with emotionally: 

  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Dead Man
  • Wings of Desire
  • Dreams
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Last Emperor
  • * Wild at Heart
  • Bladerunner (which uses aerial outtakes from The Shining, btw.)
  • Citizen Kane and A Touch of Evil
  • If you like horror movies The Shining and Se7en are always on film people’s top lists.
  • Nearly everything Hitchcock ever did always tops the lists, especially Vertigo
  • Nobody knows more about cinema than Martin Scorsese. I’ve never loved a film of his, but I can appreciate them. What I do love are interviews with him and his commercials. He’s really brilliant. He sat behind me once at a Tibet House benefit in NYC at Town Hall. He was with Bill Murray who kept introducing himself to people as if everyone didn’t already know him. (I think I saw Meatballs about 12,000 times when I was a kid. But that’s got nothing to do with good cinematography!)

As for more interviews with the Sherlock production team? I might have something cooking… If anything comes of it you’ll be the first to know. 

Happy viewing!  -MJ

I’m just reminding you that this exists. Bless you deadkoala whoever you are.

Asker androdea Asks:
I love your Behind the Scenes so much <3 After watching Sherlock I became interested in how movies are made and discovered my love for film, Your posts give me lots of hands-on information I can't find elsewhere :) I was wondering, could you do a post about lighting equipment and maybe other camera equipment (like filters and the sort)? They're very practical and baffling to me... again thank you so much you're my queen for introducing me to cinematography :) xoxo by tjlcmp
mid0nz mid0nz Said:

Ah , that’s marvelous! Thank you!

I have to say that lighting is my weakest area and the one I’ll be studying the hardest in the weeks to come just because I’ve got a pile of cinema books that are begging to be highlighted in the next couple of weeks. 221beemine is the lighting queen. 

I tell you about 221b’s practicals here.

Here’s a wee photo from Sherlockology because they love us:

But the best resource about Sherlock and lighting I have is my interview with Steve Lawes.

I’ll be sure to post lighting metas if I can think of anything obvious, but really— that’s Bee’s area.