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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:



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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!
(no subject) - calvinahobbes - Apr. 27th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
(no subject) - simplystars - Apr. 27th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
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.
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