“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.” - Fyodor Dostoevsky
I asked Steve Lawes, the Director of Photography on The Empty Hearse, what his inspiration was for the torture scene. His reply was “An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump” by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1768.
Steve didn’t give me anything else to go on so this has been fun to think about. The way I see it there are a few ways of looking at the relationship between the painting and TEH’s torture scene: 1) plot 2) lighting 3) framing/ composition 4) point of view 5) subject matter 6) the story told by all these elements in their sum. The vast difference between the two is, obviously, that Sherlock is cinematic.
"He used to come in, order coffee, and remain quiet in the corner for the rest of the night. But suddenly, one day, he started speaking and smiling again. But it was at someone who doesn’t exist."
Bonus: close-up of the face
Photoshop wasn’t collaborating, I was about to throw my laptop out of the window… D:
Cumberbatch is clearly riled up by trivia questions from his co-star Martin Freeman. When Benedict admits he has never heard of a particular actor, Freeman shoots back “I assumed you’d probably been christened by him. I thought you knew every actor over 50. I thought there was a by-law.” by Radio Times article(x) about Sherlock outtake (X)
Sorry for my poor caption. I tried not to make this but couldn’t help it.