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You have been given the job of producing a modern BBC TV adaptation of The Tempest.

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I would choose to set my own adaptation of The Tempest in a dark coastal area, perhaps towards the North of England as it is generally windier and tends to have cold temperatures, as it echoes a sense of darkness and mystique. This setting in itself can be used to create an eerie and foreboding mise-en-scene. Shakespeare?s Tempest features a mystical island; this can be replicated well in such coastal areas as they can be easily recreated to appear desolate, identical to how it is in the play ? on a magical island. To complement this, special effects such as rainy/foggy weather can be used to create pathetic fallacy, especially in scenes such as when the actual tempest occurs in Act One. ...read more.

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I would also utilise it, as a form of catharsis, to reconstruct important motifs such as the coloniser (Prospero) vs. the native colonised (Caliban). In addition to this, certain special effects could add dimension to Shakespeare?s play. This idea of a magical island would be better illustrated, stagecraft for instance could be flawlessly executed - which would allow me to dramatise certain elements better. In Scenes where Prospero lingers over his daughter, or is watching from afar, I would use low angle/over the shoulder shots to convey Prospero?s dominance. Even making Prospero appear ?from out of nowhere? in shots would elevate Prospero?s status, both as a conjurer and a preternatural character. Caliban?s animalistic nature would be better exemplified through close-up and tracking shots. ...read more.

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As mentioned previously, he will be positioned dominantly in some shots, such as when he is watching over his daughter ? but I will also reiterate his position as a protective father; when he lectures and advises her. Ariel is a genderless spirit, but is nevertheless a spirit in anguish, so I would want to make Ariel?s physical presence known. He would be dressed in a way which seems almost as if he is fading away (CGI), however, I will ensure the CGI does not take away from the complexity of Ariel?s character. I feel this adaption as a whole, makes Shakespeare?s work more accessible for a modern audience ? especially as a TV adaptation. The sequential linear narrative allows for a much more effective form of storytelling. ...read more.

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