Sherlock Holmes in 221B Baker Street - First Year Green Screen Project

Title: Sherlock Holmes in 221B Baker Street

Project/Brief: Green Screen Project


Sherlock Holmes, spends an evening inside the rooms at 221B Baker Street. During this time Holmes consults the newspapers before cataloguing the important headlines in his mind before going to think over what he has found.

Project Information:

This is the outcome of my first year BA Visual Effects and Motion Graphics 'Green Screen Project'.

As a team we were tasked with filming a short live action sequence for each person upon the green screen. Taking into account all that we had learned about studio lighting techniques, cameras and studio organisation as well as our software skills. We as a team assisted each other to film individual green screen sequences.

For this sequence the green screen plate required a couple of tracking markers and filters to alter the colour of the lighting at certain points in the sequence. The camera was mounted upon a dolly and slowly rolled along a track to be able to obtain smooth tracks in and out before returning to follow the actor.

A challenge that I faced whilst with the group filming this sequence in the green screen studio was how I was going to give the look that the newspaper was coming in unaided. Thankfully, my team members assisted me in achieving this.

This was also one of my first opportunities at University to create a matte painting. I specifically went to the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London to gather period accurate images of items that could have been in Sherlock Holmes' flat and then using a combination of these images and other stock images I created the back-plate seen in Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.

I then composited the footage and back-plate together using Adobe After Effects CC 2015.

Music: Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments - Deduction Theme

Many thanks to the team of artists who assisted me with this project:

  • Eryn Creed
  • Jessica Hayes
  • Ceri England
  • Liam Riby