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Describe in detail how I would if I had the chance direct Act2, scene 1, Macbeth - I will include lighting, camera angles and props.

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In this essay I will describe in detail how I would if I had the chance direct Act2, scene 1. I will include lighting, camera angles and props. Act 2, scene 1 in Macbeth is probably one of the best scenes in the play, as it has pretty much everything in it that you would want in a tense situation such as this. Macbeth is about to commit the worst crime thinkable and nobody except for his wife has any idea. This is great on the part of Macbeth and he does very well to hide this from the rest of his supposed friends. The scene shows Macbeth cracking up under the pressure of the task at hand and I think this is great and I would definitely have Macbeth act the same way, as we all know he has mixed feelings about the crime. We know that Macbeth has been pressured a lot by his wife to go through with it as he had said he wants to back out. ...read more.

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This should help to build up tension and add to the ever-growing atmosphere of the scene. When he is talking about the dagger, he would be told to use exclamation in his speech to give the impression that he is totally surprised of the fact that there is a dagger infront of him in his hands. The use of this extra language would help to make him come across as insane and metal. Another important feature in the scene would be the lighting. The lighting is important as it could give the scene that extra sense of evil and betrayal if used correctly. In the scene you obviously need to see the characters and later on when it is just Macbeth you want the feeling of darkness which in turn would mean less lighting. To do this I would have candles around the place when everybody is awake and laughing but when Macbeth is alone I would have only one or two alight to one side of him. ...read more.

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The two different angles will come together to again show the two sides of Macbeth. Also props such as the dagger should be shown from a low position, as it is a weapon of evil and murder. Macbeth himself during this scene should be dressed in what he would normally wear such as rich, smart clothes to give everyone else the impression that there is no difference in him, aswell as giving the impression of importance to the King, King Duncan his supposed friend. Every prop, camera angle and piece of language used implies to us that Macbeth is about to commit a crime of treason and murder. If any of these extras or implications were to be over looked or left out then an important impression may be left out leaving the viewers one step behind the play. Shakespeare didn't have any of these luxuries, but he managed to pull off the scene but it meant that the audience had to visualise in their head a lot of aspects that I would be able to show them through special effects. Ian Lilly 18th Oct'02 English Essay 1 ...read more.

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