I'm inside the oldest church in London, tucked into a cold, creepy corner with three other online journalists, and we're sitting on wooden benches older than our grandfather's grandfather while mega-producer Joel Silver speaks right through the loud gun shots going off in the background as if they didn't even exist. Surreal? Yes. Exhilarating? Definitely. Over in the main section of the church, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) are filming a crucial scene on three cameras (before they switch to hand-held), while Guy Ritchie -- who, might I add, directs wearing a nice, sharp grey suit -- strums an acoustic guitar between shots. Even though there are roughly 40-or-so crew members lingering about, this is probably one of the more intimate sets I've ever been on. It's dusty, spooky and kinda dangerous; above me hangs a memorial stone engraved in Latin, and all I understand are the dates 1582-1616 scrolled underneath. God, this place is old.

Later on, as we stand around a set of monitors, someone taps me on the shoulder. I turn to find Joel Silver with a laptop, a pair of headphones and a smile a mile wide. Though they'd only been shooting this film for three weeks, Ritchie managed to cut together a scene and he wanted us to see it. I sit down, Silver delicately places the laptop on the table in front of me, and as the realization sets in that I'm practically the first person to view an actual scene from one of the most talked-about films of 2009, he hits play. Roughly two minutes later, I stand up, look over to Silver (who's obviously waiting for a response), and the only words that manage to escape my mouth are: "Now that's Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes!"

We'll have much more from the set of Sherlock Holmes (including interviews with Downey Jr., Jude Law, Joel Silver, Eddie Marsan and producers Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram) at a later date. The film is due in theaters on November 20, 2009.
categories Movies, Cinematical