How to Film a Punch, from the BBC Sherlock
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 men slugging each other senseless… but I came across these GIFs (via) while searching for Sherlock conspiracy theories and now there is a blog post:
1) 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.
2) 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