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.

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Mid0nz tagged me on the 10 favourite fics thing

Rules: In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

1) The Cold Song Series by eldritch-horrors. If you aren’t bored of me going on about how wonderful this is… well, in that case you’ve probably read it and agree with me.

2) The Paradox Series by wordstrings. Listing this feels a bit like reccing the Bible to monks, but hey, it’s an honest list of fics that have stayed with me.


4) The Deepest Secret Nobody Knows by lovingthevolume. This is the best treatment of a Sherlock/Sally relationship I know.

5) Thirteen and Awake by microcanonical. Because bipolar!Sherlock is my jam, and this is raw and scary.

6) Intersections by mazaher and jns. There’s nothing else like this complex, emotional multimedia post-Reichenbach Sherlock and Mycroft fic.

7) A Thorough Examination by emungere. Dark and complicated and ultimately beautiful. A very damaged John and a very odd Sherlock somehow avoid destroying each other.

8) The Loss of Flesh and Soul by deusexmycroft. Because who doesn’t love a cannibal killer Sherlock, honestly.

9) Hell in a Greek Myth by anon. ‘[It’s] two months since your dear doctor folded your hand around a bottle of pills and you resurfaced. You came up for air, but there’s a possibility that the atmosphere is quietly smothering up here, just a different way to drown.’

10) Mental by boeshane42. Sherlock in a psychiatric hospital, genuinely convinced he’s going out of his mind. What can I say… it jumps up and down on my kinks and my inner terrors with equal, compelling energy.

Consider yourself tagged if you want to be.

This is where I jump for joy because I only know two of these!!!! And Penny is an AMAZING writer and also I know her to have excellent taste. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
So sorry to ask but, what is Alpha! Ir Omega!sherlock??
mid0nz mid0nz Said:
Asker Anonymous Asks:
So sorry to ask but, what is Alpha! Ir Omega!sherlock??
mid0nz mid0nz Said:


Sherlock Western AU

Where do I sign?

(via mild-lunacy)


Congrats on the 7 emmy wins, Team Sherlock! :)))

(via britishmenaremyweakness)

Sherlock: The Empty Hearse Behind the Scenes:
What are We Looking At?

That’s Phoebe Arnstein, the clapper loader; Steve Lawes, the director of photography; and Jeremy Lovering, the director on the right. (x)

Steve’s holding a rig with two Canon 5D DSLR cameras attached. They filmed the tube scene simultaneously with both cameras rolling and merged the two images.

What we did use on The Empty Hearse was two cameras together in a kind of stereo converged configuration. So a lot of the stuff where he’s in his mind palace or on the tube and you see him come in and go out go back and come in, that’s a new thing we discovered on series three. The original idea of Sherlock’s point of view was always based on taking stills. I came up with the idea and Paul [McGuigan] wanted— on series one we agonized about how we would show the world differently from Sherlock’s perspective. One of the things we talked about was basically shooting the scene twice in two different styles which is a great idea but it’s kind of unfeasible in terms of production because you need twice as much time and also it’s really weird to think about how you’d do it compared to how you just shot it. We were brainstorming about ideas and I had this idea of — I’d done it in a series once before where we’d taken a series of stills from a big wide shot into somebody’s eye and then morphed them together. Basically the guy was injecting drugs and it was the idea of right at that point when he was getting high that it’s going into his pupil dilating. I was talking about this to Paul and even though he’s a very visual director he can’t understand anything unless he sees it. I remember going home with my iPhone and taking a series of stills in my front room up to my wife’s face and then compiling the little video and putting it on my phone and then taking it to work the next day which is the Sherlock vision that you know and love now and see. I’m showing him this shot and him going “yes, I really like that.” It was that idea that you start here and you go into something that you do it as a series of stills. We did that on series one which they kind of continued on series two for series three… I think it comes out of the fact that with another director they don’t necessarily understand what you’ve done before, I mean you talk to them about the idea of stills a) I’m not completely sure if they understand it but b) they want to do something different you know because it’s season three and Jeremy [Lovering] is first director and he wants to do something different. So we came up with the idea of the two 5Ds [Canon cameras] together. It was the idea that if you set a point of convergence and you have something moving at some point you’ll get these two images and they’ll come together and they’ll go apart again. It was mainly a continuation of his mind palace— just trying to visually create something different to express what goes on in Sherlock’s head. -Steve Lawes (x)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I love Omegaverse and so now after your lovely fic rec post I want to send you an omegaverse themed fruit basket but how inappropriate would that be. but seriously thank you :)
mid0nz mid0nz Said:

Oh you’re quite welcome. Now I’m trying to imagine what such a gift basket might include!  I must warn you that I, personally, cannot do mpreg so that might limit your options…

I was tagged by agnesanutter.

Rules: In a text post, list ten FICS that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” works, or even all the same pairing or fandom, just the fics that have touched you or that stuck with you somehow. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

In no particular order:

  1. The Cold Song by Eldritchhorrors
  2. The Black Pearl by Eldrtichhorrors
  3. This Time No (Forgiveness) by Atlin Merrick
  4. Everything Atlin Merrick has ever written. I’m serious. I’ve read them ALL. Multiple times. I nearly have Jerk memorized.
  5. All the Best and Brightest Creatures by wordstrings (& The Paradox Series)
  6. Maybe in the Meantime Wait and See by Mildredandbobbin
  7. A Question of Intent by Mildredandbobbin (& The Beast of Baskerville and and and!)
  8. XO by Mirith Griffin (and Cold Snap! and Control-Alt-Delete)
  9. Eight Inches that Changed Everything by Xistentialangst (& The Great Sex Olympics…)
  10. The Heart In The Whole by Verity Burns (everything by Verity Burns)
  11. Four Corners of the Western World by pennypaperbrain
  12. The Trouble with Truth Serum by Cleo2010 (This was the first fic I read that made me go— Oh my god what is fandom and where do I sign up?!)
  13. Stars in a Phrygian Sky by fresne 
  14. The Diary of a Young Omega by corpsereviver2
  15. The Laws of Chess by PostcardsfromTheoryland
  16. Easier to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission by trashyfiction


You might have deduced that I like Omegaverse. I do. Very much. 

Golly! How about I tag xistentialangst, trashyfiction, corpsereviver2, postcardsfromtheoryland, starrla89, annejamison, mildredandbobbin, professorfangirl, pennypaperbrain  221beemine 

itsallblogtome replied to your photoset “Sherlock BTS: What are We Looking At?  Dolly Grip The camera and…”

The idea that the focus isn’t automatic or handled by the one looking through the lens blew my mind!

IKR?! But if the focus pullers were looking through a viewfinder or a monitor they’d be lagging behind the action. One eye is on the actor and the other on the lens.

There is a point when you will have entered the zone, a zone in which you, the assistant, react reflexively to the situation, you learn the actors’ “clues” so you know when to anticipate their moves. As I progressed through the job, I began to think that I didn’t do focus. I was focus.

-Jack Anderson, Shooting Movies without Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Becoming a Cinematographer

This is a really great book if you’re interested in what the camera crew, the grips and the gaffers/sparks do behind the scenes. It’s very readable. I highly recommend it.




skullyadmin replied to your post: 221beemine: You ever think you’re a s…

Yeah it’s super galling, like when you meet someone who knows how the fuck all those pretty lights do what they do like some physics wizard and they make their living taking photographs, ugh, I am a little piece of shoe-gum for real. Preach.

This is literally all I do tho:


I am a piece of gravel on the underside of your shoe-gum, Skully.

This post makes my astrophysicsy heart squee! I want to hug you all! (Optics is my favorite physics subject. And I recently realized that I’m just an over eager photographer who just wants to use biggest lenses /mirrors around to take pretty galaxy pictures. :) :) :) I love how creative people are with optics :) I’m teaching more optics in my astronomy classes these days. And how it applies to film is one of my passions.

Hello new friend :)


This was the only planetarium gif I could find. (gif credit mid0nz, I think)

Oh hai! Have some moar!!!!!!!

Sherlock BTS: What are We Looking At?

Dolly Grip

The camera and camera operator are on a wheeled truck that’s on a track. The truck is called a dolly and the bald guy with the hoodie at the rear is the dolly grip. Preparing and operating the dolly is his responsibility. When the director (in this case Euros Lyn) calls action, the dolly grip will push the dolly, the camera operator, the camera and its rig forwards on the track. When the camera is on and recording, this motion allows the camera to zoom towards the action.

(I love the glimpse of the ceiling. It tells us we’re probably not filming in a studio and that the spectacular lighting was done on location.)

Focus Puller

The fellow on the right is the camera assistant, 1st AC, aka the focus puller. The follow focus knob is sticking out on the right of the camera. Focus pullers are responsible for… well… maintaining focus. They do this mainly through the power of math and their own mind’s eye. Focus pullers don’t look through the view finder or a monitor to do their jobs! In theory the actors will have predetermined marks to hit so the focus puller will know the settings in advance, but actors act and miss their marks for all kinds of reasons, so the focus puller has to be in tune with their unexpected movements to make sure everything doesn’t go all blurry. Here’s a behind the scenes photo from Pink of the crew tape measuring Martin’s mark for the focus puller below.

They’re either in rehearsal and prepping the mark to tell Martin where to step, or they’re checking to make sure the shot they just did was acceptably in focus. Looks like they’re rehearsing to me.

Sherlock, The Blind Banker behind the scenes (x)

A little Labor Day weekend reading! I’ve finished Stump’s “Digital Cinematography” which is super techie and took me ages but has been most useful indeed. Blain Brown’s “Cinematography” is super even for total beginners. I’m zipping through Jack Anderson’s “Shooting Movies” which is kind of helpful but what an ego the guy has! Reminds me of me. Most of these titles are from Focal Press and they know how to do technical books right. They’re just 98% fantastic. Next steps: light and color.



Love foxes

They’re just so strange. (Not behemoth-depths strange, but strange nonetheless.)

I have to reblog this because spirit animal. My mother’s. It was the middle of May in the middle of the day in 1999 when we buried her. After nearly everyone left her grave side but before she was lowered I paused to stand there with my aunt and S.O. A red fox appeared in broad daylight out of nowhere in the cemetary in the middle of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It ran up to her headstone, paused and ran away. We were totally stunned. I was 29. I didn’t know she had it in her to send me something to laugh about on my worst day. Every time I see this post, these images they make me feel happy and warm inside. Like a hug from my mom. Plus fox in snow!

(via ninezku)

Siri is philosophical and evasive. Erotics are not really her area.


Just about seven years ago, on 29 May 2007, hundreds of fans with accounts at Livejournal woke uo make the shocking discovery that their blogs, and those of some of their friends and favorite fandom communities, had been deleted without prior notice.

It’s estimated that Livejournal suspended…

I don’t want to lose yoooo!