Sherlock Genre Conventions

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  • TV: Sherlock - Genre
    • Iconography
      • Detectives/   Police Men
      • Laboratory (DNA) - test tubes/ microscope
      • Crime scene - Police tap and sirens - pills (weapon), magnifying glass (detectives), forensics and dead body.
      • Clues given throughout (black cabs) - although we don't figure out who until the end
      • History of Sherlock - Drug addict (drugs bust at Sherlock's) Nicotine  patches - smoked a pip before
      • Phone - technology - me-phone tracked in London
    • Character Types
      • Sherlock
        • Strong, confident, wears a long coat, clever and extremely knowledgable
        • Brilliant detective, excited about his work, over-confident detective
        • "Consulting detective" - Only one in the world - he created the job
        • Calls himself a high functioning socio-path
      • John Watson
        • Ex-solider (flashback to war - nightmare
        • Broken man, struggling to live in London, dressed more casual
        • Wants danger in life - Sherlock said "I said danger and here you are"
      • DCI Lestrade
        • Needs Sherlock to solve the difficult murders
        • Calls Sherlock child like
        • Supports sherlock when he needs to think
      • Jennifer Wilson
        • Smart, she left  a clue so the killer would be found
        • Dressed in pink, serial adulter
    • Themes
      • Solve a murder
      • Quest for Watson to find himself - self discovery
      • Quest to catch a killer
      • Killer working among us
    • Style
      • See Sherlock thoughts on screen while he works - crime scene and chase around London (maps)
      • Banter/Humour
      • Use of graphics - text messages shown on screen
      • Low key lighting, dark, lonely , mysterious, closed frame - windows with bars, desaturated colour palette
      • London - modern, not dirty but gritty
      • Visual aids to Sherlock's thoughs - Traditional/modern contrast
      • Sherlock on the right of frame - most important
    • Settings
      • Battlefield - war scene (memory)
      • London - London eye/city center and tube station -underground
      • Apartment 221 B Baker St. (messy, dirty and over crowded)
      • Crime scene - old building, not well looked after
      • Park - Park bench - London, big Ben
      • Lourestion Gardens - where suitcase was found
      • Laboratory - chemicals (test tubes)
    • Typical Situations
      • Murder (or suicide) - death - 4 possible suicides
      • Conflict between police and experts (sherlock)
      • Police conference (press) - Graphics on screen
      • Bond between Sherlock and Watson - bromance
      • Chase around London - climbing over roof tops
      • Solving a crime


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