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TV Acting Theory: The Road to Johnlock

So I recently took a TV Acting course and I realized when looking at Sherlock you can apply the theory to the show, and it perfectly supports a Johnlock reading. So much so that any other reading doesn’t make sense.

I have seen a lot of meta referring to John or Sherlock’s “facial expression” during a certain scene, which is what I want to elaborate on since there is so much more to it than that.

Basically, acting on camera is thinking thoughts on camera. So if you are doing a scene where you love someone and your line is something like “You told me that yesterday” and you want it to be loving, all you have to think before you say that line is “I love you” and the line wont sound condescending. You could think something like “I hate you” before you say the words and the line will sound completely hateful.

I mean the whole theory is created to make camera acting realistic, since you can literally see every detail when the camera is in close-up or even medium shot. There is no room for mistakes in a take. And so camera acting theory all boils down to the specific and the miniscule; we think thoughts all the time, and therefore actors must think thoughts all the time, in character, that supports the story that the creators are trying to tell.

The fun part is then seeing how one thought can totally transform a persons face when they think that thought. Try it yourself; go in front of a mirror and think “I love you” and see what happens. Now think “I hate you” and see how your face changes.

This is where memes come from, you can take a picture of someone thinking a really clear thought and add any text that matches that thought.

For example:

This is a clear thought of sarcasm. You can see he is thinking something like “Oh really?” There is no way he is thinking “I love you,” maybe a bit of “I hate you.” But regardless the person that he is speaking to is not someone he likes. His thoughts are clear and concise, which makes it a perfect meme.

So now lets apply this theory to Sherlock. We know that the actors were told the end game from the very beginning of filming, and so they will naturally use thoughts that support that end game from the beginning of the show. This will add continuity and make sure that their character doesn’t later act “out of character” because they will already have been thinking those thoughts from the beginning.

Let’s take a classic example:

What thoughts does it look like he is thinking?

“I hate you”/ “Leave me alone”/ “This sucks”?Not even a little bit!!! When you look at him, those thoughts don’t make any sense.

He is clearly thinking something like “I love you”/ “I want you”/ “This is fun/ My bedroom is just a cab ride away”  You can also blatantly see that he is looking at someone who he is attracted to based on those thoughts. It looks as though he is undressing Sherlock with his eyes. Martin is a good actor, this is not coincidence. The editors also chose this shot, they know how it looks and this is the one they chose.

This can also apply to a whole string of thoughts in sequence.

He is definitely thinking something along the lines of “Oh god I love him/but he’s not mine anymore/John I’m sorry/I love you/You broke my heart”

He is not thinking “John I’m so happy for you! You did it! You found love! Maybe I should get married! That would be awesome! Just like today has been! Yipee!” Therefore the ONLY reading of this scene is Sherlock is in love with John and is not having a fun time at this wedding.

By contrast, here is John “forgiving” his wife and saying something really beautiful to her that he prepared just for her so that she will feel welcome and loved:

Does that say “I love you”? or even “I forgive you”?

NO its more like “I hate you” or “I’m watching you” or anything sinister and hateful. Martin is not dropping in any happy thoughts of love or compassion. He is not even trying to hide his distrust and anger towards her. I mean if there was no Johnlock and he is supposed to end up with Mary, you think he would have dropped in a few “I love you”s…. or even one….

I could literally do this with the entire show, but that would take all day and hopefully you can apply this whenever you watch the show yourself.

I hope this helps with any pre s4 worries or doubts, it is always Johnlock and has been in the works for YEARS, you can see it clearly on the actors faces and the work that they have put into carefully crafting every thought you see.

ok, it’s basically my life motto to avoid Discourse™ like the plague (especially here on tunglr) unless entirely necessary, but this shit abt the latinx portrayal in d–irty laundry has really peeved me so this is all i’m gonna say on the matter:

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Guilt is worse than sinning

In the past, whenever I would sin,the guilt of committing that sin would consume me.So much so that it would stop me from making up for that sin,because I thought “whats the point anyway?’Allah wont forgive me.I’m a SINNER.Whatever I would do now is useless”. And this mental dialogue would go on for days,even months preventing me from repenting and I would even abandon my salah,dhikr, or any any of worship for that matter .I continued languishing in shame, never realizing that it’s all  a trick from the Shaytan,He makes you sin and then dwell in guilt or shame.Whats even worse, I was forgetting that Allah is the Most Merciful and Forgiving, Al-Ghafur,Al Rahim.

Allah says in the Quran;

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful. (Quran39:53

What prompted me to write this again,even though  I have written about this before,was a lecture I attended a while ago.The Shiekh spoke about how guilt can be destructive for you Imaan  and that fact that it can make you despair of Allah’s mercy.It makes you lose all hope of ever returning to Allah.The advice he gave me stayed with me forever

He said, “Whenever you sin,repent,forget and follow  it up with a good deed”

Guilt is only good when it makes you  realize your mistake and motivates you to change your habits.Like in my case, I stopped dwelling in the guilt and instead, I would repent  and ask Alllah swt to forgive me. I have forgotten the fact that we are all human and we are bound to sin and everyone is a sinner.yes, EVERYONE.But the only difference is,WHAT YOU DO AFTER YOU SIN.

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “All of the children of Adam are sinners, and the best of sinners are those who repent.

someone asked me a good question about AAVE and which black folks get to use it and whether or not I’m appropriating it as a dominican, regardless of my blackness. I wont front like I know enough to give any definitive answers but from what I do know, to say I’m appropriating AAVE as an african american dominican is a huge reach. I’m not just a black dominican with general influences from black culture and dominican culture, I’m an afro-dominican american and to assert that is pretty much to imply I have no place in a culture I’m from.  wouldnt it border into identity politics and forcing one identity or 2 identities on to a person who clearly identifies with more than one or two? But I wouldn’t put it past people to do that since it’s common to decontextualize afro-latinxs like that and say “oh they’re just this kind of black because I say so and so they are appropriating AAVE because they’re not like real black americans” that ‘black/afro’ becomes different but not to the state and especially not police. Like yeah there would be cases where Dominicans who live in D.R. and don’t really live/stay in America could be called out for it since they got nothing to do with that especially if they antiblack. But what of the Dominicans who grew up as black dominican americans? are we suddenly removed from our own spaces? do we just become “black dominicans”? where did the afro-dominican-american go?  I would actually like to learn about this distinction and whether or not I’m making sense because I don’t fully understand this. 

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Watching these videos and crying real hard because I DONT EVEN HAVE A CHANCE. LIKE ITS NOT EVEN 0.009%. ITS JUST IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE I CANT GO TO ANY SHOWS. NONE OF THE SHOWS ARE NEAR MY COUNTRY. AND LIKE PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT GETTING PIT. AND THEN THERES ME PRAYING THAT I CAN SEE HER LIVE ONCE. LIKE IF SHE COMES HERE AND I CAN GO (hopefully) AND IF I CANT MAKE IT TO LOFT 89 I WONT CARE ABOUT THAT SO MUCH. BECAUSE YOU ARE GONNA HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE THERE. ITS 1989 TOUR. AND THERES A POSTER OF TAYLOR SINGING NEW ROMANTICS ON MY WALL. IT EVEN MAKES WRITING THIS HARDER BECAUSE LIKE I COULD HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED BECAUSE IM GONNA SEE TAYLOR. LIKE THAT. LIVE. BUT I CANT SAY THAT. I CANT EVEN SAY THAT I WILL EVER GO TO THE 1989 TOUR. BECAUSE ITS GONNA END. ITS NOT SOON. BUT UNLESS THEY ADD SOME MORE DATES. AND THE DATES SHOULD INCLUDE TURKEY. OBVS.UNLESS THIS HAPPENS I CAN ONLY SEE HER LIKE YEARS AND YEARS LATER. AND IM ASKING MYSELF WHY. WHY CANT I JUST SEE HER AND WATCH HER AND MAYBE EVEN MEET HER IF I AM THAT LUCKY. AND JUST SEE THE PERSON I AM IDOLIZING SINCE I WAS 10. I HOPE THERES SONETHING ELSE THAT I CAN SEE HER.