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How to Film a Punch, from the BBC Sherlock

February 8, 2012

I like dissecting movement, whether it’s to address problems as a fight director or just to enjoy beauty and appreciate complexity. And by beauty, I don’t necessarily mean good-looking guys slugging each other senseless… but I came across these GIFs (via) while searching for Sherlock conspiracy theories and now there is a blog post:

GIF of Martin Freeman punching Benedict Cumberbatch1) Have Martin Freeman pretend to punch Benedict Cumberbatch; film from a flattering angle. Responding to the commitment from his crazed attacker, BC turns with the punch so much that he falls forward; you can see his arms prepping for a forward roll, the left one curving to take his weight along it like a wheel. It looks like the forward roll turns into a sideways floppy thing, but he does roll all the way through his arm to his shoulder first.


GIF of Martin Freeman alarming Benedict Cumberbatch2) ATTACK PANDA RAAAAWR. …I do not even know. In this gif, BC’s right knee and right hand pretty much hit the mat at the same time. Difficult to tell if he’s a guy with game, trying to fake falling hands-before-ass, or if he’s actually trying to catch himself with that hand. His arm does act more like a crumple-zone than a well-intentioned, wrist-breaking stiff brace…and is that left hand slapping the mat with force-absorbing purpose?

I’d love to find the behind-the-scenes footage these came from. Annnnnd now back to conspiracy theories. #believeinsherlock

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 9, 2012 4:12 pm

    These are either from Unlocking Sherlock or Sherlock Uncovered, you can find them both on youtube 🙂

  2. May 9, 2013 7:07 am

    Having taught Benedict stage combat while he was at LAMDA he was taught to do shoulder rolls, though as that was some time ago one can’t say how much he has remembered, the giff cuts off before one can see how “successful” the roll was, but it doesn’t look like the end will be smooth!

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