A much needed virtual present🎁

Present? I LOVE presents! What is it? What is it??? *-*

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Lets open it…

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YEEEESSSSSS!!! LOOK!!! A SHOCK BLANKET! Much needed, indeed!😄

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Lets put it on.

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Ahhh, much better!

Well, hi ho!😄 Today I’m sending virtual shock blankets to anyone who’s in need of one. Why should I need one you may ask? Oh, c’mon! You know why. It’s OVER. Sherlock’s season 4 is o-v-e-r. *😭* I’m not going to review any of it because it’s not really my thing. I’m just going to say that I LOVED ALL OF IT. I know there are a lot of mixed emotions (most of them negative *unfortunately*) concerning this *possibly* final season of the show but to me it all made perfect sense, the cinematography and the acting were exceptional as always and I cannot say a single bad word about it. As Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had once said:

“I pay no attention whatever to anybody’s praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.”

Simple as that. And since I really don’t know what else to say I’m just going to express my appreciation for the last episode – The Final Problem by showing you a few picture edits I made for fun.

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The Final Problem Aesthetic Mood Board

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Eurus’s song

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My Baker Street Boys

Need I say more? Wrap yourselves up warmly in your shock blankets and have a cup of tea. Here’s to many more adventures to come! Stay SHERLOCKED!

THE END?

– Snowanna of 221B

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3 minutes and 42 seconds of pure, genious filmmaking🎬

Today, on 221B, we celebrate the work of all the incredible people standing behind what I like to call a revolutionary filmmaking. For all of you cinematography lovers!

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And here are some of my favourite quotes from filmmakers of the past and present:

There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
– Frank Capra

If I were ever stranded on a desert island there would be three things I’d need: food, shelter, and a grip.
– George C. Scott

We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.
– Walt Disney

I was always a filmmaker before I was anything else. If I was always anything, I was a storyteller, and it never really made much of a difference to me what medium I worked in.
– Nicholas Meyer

Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.
– Banksy

My three Ps: passion, patience, perseverance. You have to do this if you’ve got to be a filmmaker.
– Robert Wise

There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact, each can fuel the other. As a filmmaker, I want to entertain people first and foremost. If out of that comes a greater awareness and understanding of a time or a circumstance, then the hope is that change can happen.
– Edward Zwick

Pain is temporary, film is forever!
– John Milius

I would travel down to Hell and wrestle a film away from the devil if it was necessary.
– Werner Herzog

My movie is born first in my head, dies on paper; is resuscitated by the living persons and real objects I use, which are killed on film but, placed in a certain order and projected on to a screen, come to life again like flowers in water.
– Robert Bresson

Editing feels almost like sculpting or a form of continuing the writing process.
– Sydney Pollack

There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a film maker.
– Mike Figgis

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
– Alfred Hitchcock

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
– Orson Welles

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
– Jean-Luc Godard

Nobody will ever notice that. Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It’s about the big picture.
– Ed Wood

Movies took you right up to the edge but kept you safe.
– John Updike

Films are always pretentious. There’s nothing more pretentious than a filmmaker.
– John Milius

If filmmaking was a beautiful woman, I would have trouble wooing her because she’s a needy jerk.
– Justin Bundy

I think one of the privileges of being a filmmaker is the opportunity to remain a kind of perpetual student.
– Edward Zwick

Self-plagiarism is style.
– Alfred Hitchcock

What I always tell people is… Unless you are so passionate about filmmaking that you would rather live out of your car than not do it, find something else to do as a career and do filmmaking as a hobby. This industry is one of the hardest to break into and be successful. It takes a lot of passion and dedication for it to get anywhere…
– Ryan Connolly

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.
– Stanley Kubrick

No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
– Ingmar Bergman

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty Girl.
– Charlie Chaplin

Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity.
– Chuck Jones

And later I thought, I can’t think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography.
– Gus Van Sant

I think audiences get too comfortable and familiar in today’s movies. They believe everything they’re hearing and seeing. I like to shake that up.
– Christopher Nolan

Photography is Truth. The cinema is Truth twenty-four times per second.
– Jean-Luc Godard

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
– Jean Cocteau

A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.
– Jean Renoir

Life is like a B-picture script. It is that corny. If I had my life story offered to me to film, I’d turn it down.
– Kirk Douglas

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.
– Orson Welles

If a million people see my movie, I hope they see a million different movies.
– Quentin Tarantino

The end of a picture is always an end of a life.
– Sam Peckinpah

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movie you didn’t intend to be there.
– Spike Lee

If my film makes one more person miserable, I’ve done my job.
– Woody Allen

It’s all just one film to me. Just different chapters.
– Robert Altman

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.
– Kathryn Bigelow

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.
– James Cameron

In the future, everybody is going to be a director. Somebody’s got to live a real life so we have something to make a movie about.
– Cameron Crowe

Movement should be a counter, whether in action scenes or dialogue or whatever. It counters where your eye is going. This style thing, for me it’s all fitted to the action, to the script, to the characters.
– Samuel Fuller

I’m a storyteller – that’s the chief function of a director. And they’re moving pictures, let’s make ‘em move!
– Howard Hawks

One of the great things about being a director as a life choice is that it can never be mastered. Every story is its own kind of expedition, with its own set of challenges.
– Ron Howard

The directing of a picture involves coming out of your individual loneliness and taking a controlling part in putting together a small world. A picture is made. You put a frame around it and move on. And one day you die. That is all there is to it.
– John Huston

I think maybe making films is something innate you can’t really teach to begin with.
– Richard Linklater

But having a really good understanding of history, literature, psychology, sciences – is very, very important to actually being able to make movies.
– George Lucas

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
– Roman Polanski

A style is not a matter of camera angles or fancy footwork, it’s an expression, an accurate expression of your particular opinion.
– Karel Reisz

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.
– Martin Scorsese

People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God’s sake, I’m not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I’m making a movie that people are going to look at.
– Ridley Scott

A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard.
– Billy Wilder

What film made you fall in love with movies? Let me know in the comments below. Cut!

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– Snowanna of 221B

Relive the magic of #SherlockLive

Hi Ho! If you are a Sherlock *fan(atic)* you probably know about the ‘live mind game’ that BBC One hosted on their Twitter account (well, it was actually Sherlock himself who hacked their account and did it all, so…*just sayin’*).

Well, today I am the most miserable human being. You know why? I’m not on Twitter. *cough, cough* Now, when people ask me why I contemn social media so much I usually tell them that I am a sociopath (high-functioning one of course). I thought Sherlock was on my side (the side of social media sneering) so you can imagine my surprise when in the first episode of season 4 we saw Sherlock practically tweeting.

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SHERLOCK HOLMES IS ON TWITTER?! WHY IS HE ON TWITTER?! WHY AM I NOT ON TWITTER?! HE IS ACTUALLY TWEETING?! WHO’S ON TWITTER?! Wait…WHAT?!

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Anyway…It is what it is, I guess…*sob* You probably see where I’m going with this. I didn’t participate in the live case. I MISSED THE BLOODY AWESOME THING! *burst into tears* (btw, I know I can still see everything on Twitter without having an account but it’s not the same. IT. IS. NOT. THE. SAME.) Of course it’s not the end of the world but given the fact that it was indeed a really cool idea *praise Motfiss* I now have all the right in the world to be miserable.

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So, I thought I’ll just relive the whole thing myself on here and highlight all the best moments of the #SherlockLive awesomeness. THE GAME IS ON! *the game is not on. it was on but you missed it.* *note to self: make a Twitter account ASAP*

It all began with Sherlock taking over the BBC Twitter account:

The tech guys are cute…

Way too cute…

I can’t even tell you how much I love that! *hiiiiii*😍

Sassy Sherlock is sassy.

And then Twitter users were challenged to solve the murder of Daniel Collard:

There were clues *obviously*

“If you’re feeling particularly stupid…”😂

LOL…😂

Who is the killer?

More sass.

Eventually the truth came out.

Even more sass.

And here’s the story behind #SherlockLive:

Jo Pearce, the Creative Digital Director at BBC Wales explained:

“It’s an idea we’ve had for some time – I’ve just been waiting for the right opportunity to try it out. What could be better than bringing together sheer genius and testing Sherlock against the rest of the world? Sherlock Holmes’ unique style of deduction offers a fascinating format to play with, and social media means anything is possible. We do know the demand for more Sherlock is sky high. We also know people want to test themselves and compete with him – but he’s the world’s most brilliant mind, so can they come anywhere near?”

*Sherlock Live case written by Joseph Lidster for BBC Wales.

*Sherlock (aka writers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss) were tweeting live in role as Sherlock.

So what do you think? Did you test your powers of deduction? There were so many funny responses it’s impossible for me to display them all here. But can we talk about that:

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So much awesome I can’t even!😂

And as Sherlock wrote on the BBC website at the end of the live-case-solving-twitter-thing: “I’m off.”

P.S. “Well, I was mildly entertained by that. It looks like you seemed to enjoy it, even if it was way over your head. Bye-bye.” – SH

– Snowanna of 221B

Utterly important message❗

To anyone who still thinks Sherlock, Series 4 is not living up to the hype:

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– Snowanna of 221B 😎

Inside 221B

Google Street View has officially become our Fairy Godmother making all our dreams come true. *alright, probably not all our dreams but still they did something really cool*

You can now take a closer peek at the oh so famous 221B apartment! All you have to do is go to Google Maps, search up 187 N. Gower St, London, click on the little street view guy, drop him over Speedy’s and voilà! Your eyes will be blessed with a detailed look of the set!

Here’s a direct link that will take you there:

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What’s your favourite thing about the apartment? Mine has to be…well…everything really…after all I named a blog after it.

Dr Watson says in a Study In Scarlet:

“We met next day as he had arranged, and inspected the rooms at No. 221B, Baker Street, of which he had spoken at our meeting. They consisted of a couple of comfortable bed-rooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.”

And here are some other details regarding the apartment, listed by Russell Stutler (the man who has drawn a very famous illustration of 221B Baker Street) who has apparently studied the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle very thoroughly:

A Study in Scarlet
a couple of bedrooms
large airy sitting room
two broad windows
sofa in sitting room
arm chair
table for dinner
stairs going down to the street level
Holmes’ door at top of stairs
also a passage at the top of the stairs
landlady passes their door to go to bed

The Sign of Four
cocaine bottle on corner of mantlepiece
velvet lined arm chair
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

A Scandal in Bohemia
gasogene and spirit case in corner
seventeen steps

The Five Orange Pips
chairs on either side of the fireplace
lamp by Holmes’ chair
coat hook
side board
shelf next to Watson’s chair containing the American Encyclopedia
cupboard containing oranges
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Pipe rack within reach on the right of the sofa
wooden chair
basket chair

The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room and it has a mantlepiece with a clock

The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
two easy chairs
line of reference books beside the mantlepiece.

The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet
one bow window
window big enough for Watson to stand in
window big enough for Holmes to look over Watson’s shoulder and see the street below
Holmes’ chamber is upstairs of the sitting room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Musgrave Ritual
coal scuttle
Persian slipper
letters stuck to the center of the mantlepiece by a jack knife
“V.R.” in bullet holes on the wall opposite Holmes’ arm chair
chemicals and criminal relics
bundles of manuscript in every corner which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner
stool
large tin box in Holmes’ bedroom.

The Resident Patient (also in The Adventure of the Cardboard Box)
framed picture of General Gordon with a corresponding bare space
unframed picture of Henry Ward Beecher which stands on top of Watson’s books
Watson could see these from his chair
Holmes could see Watson’s face from his position curled upon the sofa

The Adventure of the Priory School
bearskin hearthrug near the table
table was between the hearthrug and the door

The Adventure of Black Peter
a room just off the sitting room

The Adventure of the Six Napoleons
lumber room upstairs of the sitting room which was packed with daily papers

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Holmes’ chair at the breakfast table faces away from the hearthrug
the sofa is a settee
Watson has a small medical shelf of books placed high

The Adventure of the Dying Detective
Holmes’ bedroom had pictures of celebrated criminals adorning every wall
black and white ivory box on mantlepiece
space behind the head of the bed large enough to allow Watson to hide

The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone
scientific charts on the wall
acid-charred bench of chemicals
violin case leaning in corner
coal scuttle containing pipes and tobacco
waiting room downstairs
bow window alcove large enough to hold a chair
curtain in front of this alcove
Holmes’ bedroom is just off the sitting room*
second exit in Holmes’ bedroom
gramophone in Holmes’ bedroom
second door in Holmes’ bedroom leading to the bow window behind the curtain

The Adventure of the Three Gables
low arm chair on one side of the fire
another chair opposite it
table between door and Holmes’ chair

The Problem of Thor Bridge
back yard is visible from Watson’s room
Watson’s room is upstairs of the sitting room

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger
pile of commonplace books in the corner

* A note regarding the location of Holmes’ own bedroom: The Adventure of the Beryl Cornet implies that Holmes’ room (called his “chamber”) is on the floor above the sitting room while The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone clearly puts Holmes’ bedroom just off the sitting room where it communicates with the alcove of the bow window. If you need to reconcile these two descriptions you can assume that at some point in time, Holmes moved his bed down to the room next to the sitting room. This could be the same room just off the sitting room which had been used as a temporary waiting room in The Adventure of Black Peter . The room upstairs could then be used as a lumber room dedicated to Holmes’ stacks of newspapers and “bundles of manuscript … which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner” as mentioned in the The Musgrave Ritual . The Adventure of the Six Napoleons does mention a lumber room upstairs packed with daily papers.

Visit http://www.stutler.cc/other/misc/baker_street.html for more 221B awesomeness.

Here’s the old version of the 221B illustration drawn by Russell Stutler (drawn in 1995):

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And that’s the new version from 2008:

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+ the illustration with notes: 221B illustration with notes

Neat, isn’t it?

Until next time, folks! Take care!

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– Snowanna of 221B

Sherlock, “The Six Thatchers” – no spoilers, only *feels*💔

The game is ON, we LOVE the game and there’s only one gif that can express literally everything that has happened to anyone who already watched the first episode of series 4. So without further ado here it is – the thing that sums it all up:

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P.S. If you are a massive Sherlock fan who by poor chance happens not to be living in the UK and haven’t watched “The Six Thatchers” yet, BEWARE! The Internet is not safe! There are spoilers EVERYWHERE so scroll through it with one eye closed just in case.

– Snowanna of 221B