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BBC Sherlock vid: Children's Work

Title: Children's Work
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Mycroft Holmes and Greg Lestrade
Song: 'Children's Work' by Dessa
Length: 03:18
Spoilers/Warnings: Spoilers for seasons 1 and 2. Warnings for violence and and gun violence.
Thanks to: My betas, humansrsuperior and Stevie
Disclaimer: 'Sherlock' is based on the original works of Arthur Conan Doyle. The current incarnation belongs to Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and the BBC.
Feedback: Pretty please? I'd love some, including concrit. If public concrit makes you uncomfortable, email me at keerawa@yahoo.com.
Downloads: You can download the big and beautiful 80 MB version, or the petite yet flawless 9 MB version of 'Children's Work' from sendspace. The vid may also be downloaded from Vimeo.
Summary: The closest thing to a friend that Sherlock Holmes is capable of having...

This is the story of two men who didn't belong anywhere in the world until they found they belonged together. Some might call it a romance. Sherlock, of course, would disagree.

In addition to the usual video editing, I did quite a bit of audio work on this one to make Dessa's song tell the story properly. I have a lot of thoughts and FEELINGS about this vid, and I'd be delighted to chat with anyone about them in comments, but I think for the moment I'll let it stand on it's own.

Alternatively, you could watch it on YouTube:



( 48 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
HOLY SHIT! This is amazing, I am sorry for cursing in your journal, but seriously. That song is eerily appropriate for Sherlock, and this whole vid gave me chills. Chills! I don't actually think I've seen a post-Reichenbach vid from Sherlock's POV before, but this is so spot-on we won't need any others. I'm sorry I can't be more coherent, but my jaw is on the floor. BRB rewatching forever!
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:13 am (UTC)
Cursing in a the service of squee is always appreciated. It's the first song I've heard that truly made me feel like I was in Sherlock's head, in his world. And so I HAD to vid it. Thanks for the comment!
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
I am glad you think so. Also, I forgot to mention that I rec'd your vid on my DW (http://calvinahobbes.dreamwidth.org/76025.html), and now I've dared to make a bare-bones summary of What It Means in the comments, so if you want to stop by and tell me how wrong I am, I would only be intrigued ;o)
Apr. 26th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely amazing! I love the song and how well it fits! Gorgeous! (Not to mention some bonus love from me for daddy!Lestrade.)
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
Thank you Andrea! There's several times in the show where Lestrade looks at Sherlock, and what I see in his face is, "I don't get this kid at all, but I love him anyway and I'd do anything to keep him safe if only he'd let me."
Apr. 26th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I'm going to have to watch it a couple more times to get all the nuances. (I know I probably missed a couple.) But I like it!
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:21 am (UTC)
Thanks, katsheswims, I'm glad to hear it! If there's anything puzzling you about it, feel free to ask.
Apr. 26th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is PERFECT. Goosebumps all over the place. I don't think I've seen a vid with a better Sherlock pov.
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, sprat! This song's the first one I've heard that seemed to fit with Sherlock as a narrator, so I HAD to vid it.
Apr. 26th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
ho fuck this is brilliant. I can't quite articulate just how, but I absolutely love it, I adore the fragmented bits for the bridges between verses, and this different uses of the 'kill' lyric. Not having hear the song before, the lyrics and the matching experience worked brilliantly for me, as every bit was fresh and new. I adore this, you're so talented.
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
I can actually take some credit for the bridges, because while the original song has one very long bridge, my version has two short bridges that do and say exactly what I need them to. (And the sound effects, of course. Somehow Dessa seems to have missed out on the emotive power of a well-timedf gun shot.) And thanks for calling out the 'how to clean my kill' clips choices! I worked hard to evolve, and sort of invert the meaning of those over the course of the vid. Thank you llassah!
Apr. 26th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Here via calvinahobbes' rec -- wow, this is absolutely amazing and I need to go watch it several more times now, and track down the song.
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:41 am (UTC)
Oh, she recc'd 'Chlidren's Work'? That's great to here! THe song is from Dessa's album 'A Badly Broken Code'. It's an unusual and varied album, ranging from rap to hip-hop to spoken word. The woman's quite the story-teller!

Thank you for the comment, sineala!
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
wow, that is sooo good. and just the perfect song.
Thank you for sharing :)
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
It really is the perfect song for Sherlock, isn't it? Thank you, destiny_f!
Apr. 26th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
OMG Keera this is PERFECT. The perfect song, perfect lyrics (and interpretation) and soooooooo in character for them. You've totally encapsulated both seasons & the unique relationship in it.

Still OMGing. O_O

(Just a wee bit sad I can't DL because I don't have a Vimeo account, but that's not a big deal. ;-) If it becomes available for DL elsewhere though will you post a link?)
Apr. 27th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
*dances happily* Thanks so much, simplystars, I am delighted you think so!

Just for you: You can download the big and beautiful 80 MB version of 'Children's Work' vid, or the petite yet flawless 9 MB version from sendspace.
Apr. 27th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee* \o/\o/\o/


<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 --->infinity & beyond :D
Apr. 26th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
Really interesting song choice.
Apr. 27th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Thank you, missy!
Apr. 28th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
I am speechless. I don't know what else to say, really, other than this is perfection.
Apr. 29th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, scandalbaby!
Apr. 29th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Oh how very excellent done! I love the combo of lyrics and video :) And the detail with Mycroft being the mom and Lestrade the dad is so funny :)
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! It fits, doesn't it? Mycroft worries. Constantly. And there were two Lestrade-as-dad clips I wished I couldn'tve worked in there, with the matching nicotine patches, and then again when Sherlock's in his shock blanket and insisting he caught Lestrade a serial killer, and Lestrade's all, "All right then, off you go to play."
Apr. 30th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Very nice; quite a lot going on here. Love the song, in your edited version.

I especially like the end, the adult love phase, though every version of "how to paint my face" and "how to earn my keep" was touching, too (I thought the line was "how to claim my kill"! which worked for me with Irene and the CIA goon). Sherlock's idea that he's educating John and bringing him up works with his arrogance and self centeredness -- as one reading of the "children's work."
Mycroft as a (horrible, dysfunctional) mom fits with Lestrade as dad. Loved Sherlock's reflection next to the needle; Sherlock's fingers leaving his violin strings slowly as he segues into seeing John's nightmares. The clip as Moriarty shoots himself captures that horrified expression on Sherlock's face that isn't often seen in other excerpts from that scene in vids. At least, the ones I've seen.

Sorry, a bit disjointed. I liked this very much. It works as fic, for me.
Apr. 30th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
It works as fic, for me.
Every one of my vids is a narrative, in my head, so I'm happy that came across here.

Thanks so much for calling out the particular bits you liked, and especially Sherlock's reflection next to the needle - I wasn't sure if that worked. 'How to paint my face,' is quite personal to me. Sherlock learning to play normal, to fit in, at least for a little while - and then using those skills to fake NOT feeling what he's feeling, at the end, to keep John safe. Moriarty's whole confrontation with Sherlock on the roof was striking , but that moment of absolute shock on Sherlock's face is the bit that stuck with me the most. I adore that bit with Sherlock's violin and John's nightmares.

Thanks so much for the detailed comment!
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:27 am (UTC)
This is really different and really cool. Great job building a narrative.
May. 1st, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you, tardis_stowaway! I wanted to tell Sherlcok's side fo the story.
May. 3rd, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
This is brilliant -- I love it!
May. 4th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it!
May. 7th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
God this is beautiful. Thanks so much for posting it!
May. 7th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you, ionicvalency. I'm glad it had an impact.
May. 15th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Astonishingly brilliant. Brava!

I now need to head over to iTunes to find dessa.
May. 15th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Dessa's work is intriguing. Enjoy!
May. 17th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Your creation is amazing! The story it tells is incredible and there are so many parts that I love and was squeeing at and totally took my breathe away like the clips you used for "I learned how to paint my face." I just had a Sherlock marathon for the past 2 days since I hadn't watch any of the series yet and the thing that struck me the most was how Sherlock was able to pretend the emotions he needed to get what he wanted and be perceived as normal and then would immediately drop the facade. All the clips you used for "how to clean my kill" were so true to how Sherlock can calculate the outcome he wants and gets it and it was so poignant with the last "kill" being John. I like how you showed Sherlock was a lone cub with the needle on the side and him expressing the storm clouds in his mind. And the part about "making a library" and having the blogs about Sherlock's cases that John showed the world. And the expression on Sherlock's face for the "children aren't as simple as we like to think" every time he realized something about John that wasn't like other people he met. I also love the fading/transparent effect you used for "I can hear all the voices in your head" with John's nightmares about the war and Sherlock plucking at the violin and then the gunshot. And the look of horror on Sherlock's face when Moriarty didn't do what he expected. And I love the line "the little mystic and his handler" because it is so true of their relationship. I also like how you chose Mycroft and Lestrade for mom and dad, especially since there aren't any others that Sherlock has a close relation with besides possibly Mrs. Hudson and Molly. I actually wanted to see more clips with them. And it's nice to see Sherlock's POV post-Reichenbach since most are either John's POV or just a generic view. Sorry this is so long and so rambling, but this become one of my favorite Sherlock works along with mamishka's Invisible Bonds & Fallen fic and americanjedi's Wee Doctor fic. Keep up the good work! ^_^
Jul. 2nd, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
Thank you SO MUCH for this comment, altfly! I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you. It just made me so happy, I had a hard time knowing what to say.

I actually really respect the way that, although Sherlock can fake normal, he only ever does it for a limited time. Thanks for mentioning the needle on the side of Sherlock when he was a lone cub - that sort of external overlay always feels a bit risky.

The thing I particularly like about the library clip is that it is Sherlock's direct answer to 'Mother's' concerns about John in the previous line. That very dangerous drawer with John's laptop and his gun, both of which Sherlock has John put to good use in his cases. Sherlock's not good with relationships; John gives him what he needs, and so he makes certain that he gives John The Work in return, the danger and excitement that John craves.

I love how the violin/nightmare scene turned out, so I'm glad you did, too!

The fics you mentioned are some of my favorites, so I'm honored to be placed among them. Thanks again!
Jul. 1st, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
HOLY HELL WHAT ARE MY EMOTIONS DOING you've ruined me. This is absolutely amazing! The evolution of "paint my face, earn my keep, clean my kill" through to the end (John!) is devastating and horribly effective. Ugh. Going to have to have many a rewatch of this one, methinks.

I love how Mycroft is Mum and Lestrade is Dad. Seems strange at first, but then you think about it, and it makes way too much sense. Very fitting.

The lyrics about John, and the clips slotted in with them, are wonderful and give me all the John feels.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
*beams* I worked hard on intensifying and twisting the 'clean my kill' sequences to give that final one the punch it needed, thank you!

I believe that Sherlock sees John as strange and wonderous, and the fact that others perceive him as normal is just further proof that they are all idiots. Thanks so much for the comment!
Jul. 6th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
I've seen quite a few Sherlock vids, but this one remains one of the most complex, moving, and insightful that I've seen. Fantastic editing---thank you so much!
Jul. 14th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, cordelia, that means a lot to me.
Aug. 12th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Wow, this is amazing! I love the song you chose, and it works so well for the story you told. Gorgeous!
Aug. 30th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so much embroiderama! This vid is definitely a narrative, and I'm delighted that you saw perceived it that way.
Oct. 13th, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC)
This is amazing! I really love how all the relationships are shown in all their complex glory.
Oct. 21st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, tassosss! Sherlock's relationships with other are ... unconventional, and I'm glad that came across in this vid.
Dec. 16th, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Wow. I love this just as much as everyone else who has commented. Some highlights for me:

'The history' over the shot of John, Mike, and the Criterion coffee cup.

The syringe, yes, but more importantly the little chemical formula diagram you have growing out of the needle - I'm assuming it's the one for cocaine, or at least something related. Well done.

The lyrics about Sherlock trying to explain to the adults the whirlwind inside his head - and not being believed - fabulous shout out to Carl Powers.

The lyrics about John being small but ancient and then helping Sherlock calm his mind. The mystic and his handler ties into this perfectly as well - so them!

I also love the library being John's blogs.

So I loved lots and lots of the things you've done here. :-)

This song really is amazingly well-suited to this. Well spotted all around. Well done indeed.
Dec. 16th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, impulsereader! I love the scene with Mike, because it's so subtle, but so powerful. John isn't right, he doesn't fit; he isn't the man Mike knew, and the limp and hand tremor are only the outward signs of it.

*preens* That is a cocaine molecule, yes. Sherlock's a chemist, and the lyric is 'fell in love with language'. It's the connection he allowed himself between mind and body, and it didn't go at all well.

I'm delighted you feel the song, and the vid, showcases the friendship between John and Sherlock. As for the library of books, I think Sherlock doesn't really understand how relationships work, and he's never had a friend before. As far as he can see, relationships are based on an equal exchange, and the cases, The Work, with all of its danger and intellectual stimulation, are what Sherlock has to offer in return for John's friendship.

Thanks again!
Sep. 9th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
The sendspace links aren't working. Any chance of a reupload? Thank you.
Sep. 11th, 2013 06:38 am (UTC)
Re-uploaded for you!

Download the 80 MB version, or 9 MB version of 'Children's Work' from sendspace.
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