7 Feb 2015 - Shooting the Sherlock 2015 Christmas Special

February 7th, 2015

Obviously this isn't a premiere, but I'd just come off queueing for hours for Bafta 2015 wristbands (that journal is here), and on the way back to the train I was walking past North Gower Street, which for the uniniated is the street that Sherlock Holmes (from the BBC Series 'Sherlock') lives.... actually he lives at 221B Baker Street, but that street is too packed with tourists and, ironically, Sherlock Holmes paraphernalia for it to be useful. So.. they film exterior scenes nearby.

Weirdly, and conveniently, I'd brought my Premieres kit with me - complete with long zoom lens.

Here's how it went down:

Either a particularly gentrified Renaissance Fair is taking place on North Gower Street, or something much more interesting is taking place.

Either a particularly gentrified Renaissance Fair is taking place on North Gower Street, or something much more interesting is taking place.

Far from discouraging crowds or unleashing hordes of guard dogs upon a gathered crowd, the security had no problem with it - and even had no problem with taking photos, as long as flashes were disabled. (Cool!)

Far from discouraging crowds or unleashing hordes of guard dogs upon a gathered crowd, the security had no problem with it - and even had no problem with taking photos, as long as flashes were disabled. (Cool!)

This is the kind of distance from The Action we're talking, here (originally we were even further back, but they let us come closer, which was nice of them)

This is the kind of distance from The Action we're talking, here (originally we were even further back, but they let us come closer, which was nice of them)

"I have no problem with getting a notice for illegal parking in this area, I just think it's cruel when they wheelclamp the horses"

"I have no problem with getting a notice for illegal parking in this area, I just think it's cruel when they wheelclamp the horses"

You can see the back of Benedict Cumberbatch in this photo, but I guess if you're a fan of period costume you'll find more to enjoy here.

You can see the back of Benedict Cumberbatch in this photo, but I guess if you're a fan of period costume you'll find more to enjoy here.

I'm relatively excited because this photo includes Una Healy, who plays landlady Mrs Hudson in the series. I had to desaturate it heavily because everyone from the crowd and crew seems to insist upon wearing bright and neon at these things. Just like film cres in the late 1800s did..

I'm relatively excited because this photo includes Una Healy, who plays landlady Mrs Hudson in the series. I had to desaturate it heavily because everyone from the crowd and crew seems to insist upon wearing bright and neon at these things. Just like film cres in the late 1800s did..

Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson, wearing moustache and bowler hat.

Martin Freeman as Doctor Watson, wearing moustache and bowler hat.

A wider view of proceedings reveals that the road itself has been strewn with dirt for an authentic "civic council budget cuts means nobody gives a crap anymore" look.

A wider view of proceedings reveals that the road itself has been strewn with dirt for an authentic "civic council budget cuts means nobody gives a crap anymore" look.

"I'd love to take your case, young lady, but you see ever since The Hobbit I'm on Peter Jackson money and pretty much nobody can afford my base fee"

"I'd love to take your case, young lady, but you see ever since The Hobbit I'm on Peter Jackson money and pretty much nobody can afford my base fee"

"Oh, and this is Sherlock Holmes. and he's on JJ Abrams Star Trek, Peter Jackson's Hobbit AND soon-to-be Marvel Cinematic Universe Money."

"Oh, and this is Sherlock Holmes. and he's on JJ Abrams Star Trek, Peter Jackson's Hobbit AND soon-to-be Marvel Cinematic Universe Money."

I don't know who this is, but the beanie is on the too-stylish side of "I'm just an extra", if my ability to judge beanies is accurate.

I don't know who this is, but the beanie is on the too-stylish side of "I'm just an extra", if my ability to judge beanies is accurate.

Snow machine, or Mrs Hudson's secret stash uncovered? Hard to say.

Snow machine, or Mrs Hudson's secret stash uncovered? Hard to say.

"I'm approximately this great. Possibly more, but this jacket has limits"

"I'm approximately this great. Possibly more, but this jacket has limits"

"No, I'm not on this "Uber" app thing. But I can take you to St Pancras if you can wait long enough for this take to end"

"No, I'm not on this "Uber" app thing. But I can take you to St Pancras if you can wait long enough for this take to end"

"I don't care if this cape isn't historically authentic or even accurate to my character. It's fantastic, and I'm keeping it"

"I don't care if this cape isn't historically authentic or even accurate to my character. It's fantastic, and I'm keeping it"

I hope the guy with the blonde afro and the pointing finger on the left is the Director or something. Otherwise, this is mostly just a photo celebrating me getting eye-contact with a horse.

I hope the guy with the blonde afro and the pointing finger on the left is the Director or something. Otherwise, this is mostly just a photo celebrating me getting eye-contact with a horse.

"If only I'd stuck with regular cigarettes and not these e-cigarettes that I can't smoke in here for 'historical accuracy' reasons". The level of detail of the filming extended to making sure that horse-drawn carriages had occupants.

"If only I'd stuck with regular cigarettes and not these e-cigarettes that I can't smoke in here for 'historical accuracy' reasons". The level of detail of the filming extended to making sure that horse-drawn carriages had occupants.

"The "I AM SHER-LOCKED" t-shirt you're wearing is flattering to the production, but I'm going to need you to button up that coat..."

"The "I AM SHER-LOCKED" t-shirt you're wearing is flattering to the production, but I'm going to need you to button up that coat..."

"Snow machine? Ummm.. sure. I was thinking of using it to mortar parliament.... Danish parliament."

"Snow machine? Ummm.. sure. I was thinking of using it to mortar parliament.... Danish parliament."

"This is MY selfie-stick, losers"

"This is MY selfie-stick, losers"

"Arrr.... old man Johnson's place ws over by Ye Olde Harp and Otter. It's a Starbucks now, of course..."

"Arrr.... old man Johnson's place ws over by Ye Olde Harp and Otter. It's a Starbucks now, of course..."

"I have no idea how to drive one of these things. I'm not even sure it has a steering wheel..."

"I have no idea how to drive one of these things. I'm not even sure it has a steering wheel..."

"I need you guys to act like this is the 1800s. So stop texting your friends, unless you're attaching hand-written notes to a pigeon"

"I need you guys to act like this is the 1800s. So stop texting your friends, unless you're attaching hand-written notes to a pigeon"

"No seatbelts, no windows, no doors... and I think the tape-deck is a gramophone player"

"No seatbelts, no windows, no doors... and I think the tape-deck is a gramophone player"

Much as I'm a fan and excited that I'm photographing Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in period costume, I'm also kind of taken by the spectacularly huge camera (?) on the right. It looks like it could see through walls or microwave a city's water supply.

Much as I'm a fan and excited that I'm photographing Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch in period costume, I'm also kind of taken by the spectacularly huge camera (?) on the right. It looks like it could see through walls or microwave a city's water supply.

Sun's gone down.... and shouldn't Benedict Cumberbatch be at the pre-Baftas party and Kensington Palace by now? (he's apparently set to do more filming tomorrow prior to the *actual* Baftas)

Sun's gone down.... and shouldn't Benedict Cumberbatch be at the pre-Baftas party and Kensington Palace by now? (he's apparently set to do more filming tomorrow prior to the *actual* Baftas)

"And you're sure whatever radiation is coming out of that thing it's not dangerous?"

"And you're sure whatever radiation is coming out of that thing it's not dangerous?"

"And I absolutely guarantee you that every single person here right now is indispensable to this production... including the second and third tea ladies"

"And I absolutely guarantee you that every single person here right now is indispensable to this production... including the second and third tea ladies"

"You're really giving up free food and drinks and the chance to chat with Amy Adams and Keira Knightley at Kensington Palace for two or three or takes of this scene? I wouldn't". (And neither would I. I've exceeded the likely battery life and ISO of this camera, and I'm cold).

"You're really giving up free food and drinks and the chance to chat with Amy Adams and Keira Knightley at Kensington Palace for two or three or takes of this scene? I wouldn't". (And neither would I. I've exceeded the likely battery life and ISO of this camera, and I'm cold).

Until next time (ie, tomorrow), where I'll be photographing Benedict Cumberbatch (again), as well as Steve Moffatt and Andrew Scott (Moriarty) at the 2015 Baftas.

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