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I would propose to place my version of Romeo and Juliet in a modern setting. This is because would be easier and better as you would have all the things you need in modern life. The two families would not have social standing as the Montagues and the Capulets do but would rather be set at the other end of the social scale. They would be members of two criminal families who are battling for control of the city's underworld. They would not have high social standing overall but within their own background they would represent a sort of criminal aristocracy. The setting would be a modern city with surroundings of traditional heritage. The modern aspect of the city would be used for the fight scene and a more traditional setting would be used during the exchange between Romeo and Juliet on the subject of love. This would emphasise the change in the style of language which she uses in the play. The two dwellings of Montague and Capulet could also be contracted later in a similar manner; one would be traditional and the other would be modern to help audience recognition. What to do about the names? ...read more.


In the 236 lines of dialogue, Shakespeare succeeds in laying the outlines of the action in a powerful way which would work equally well in film. I would not introduce additional dialogue or sub-plots. The characters of the cast would, I think, require some application particularly where age is concerned. The perception of servants today is different to Shakespeare's time and I would recast the servants (Samson and Gregory etc...) as being more like bodyguards. In the play the servants come across as young and frivolous with their use of word-play (coals, collier, choler, and collar). I would make them older and more menacing- more suitable to the role of bodyguards. For a modern audience the ages of Romeo and Juliet would have to be increased if only to comply with marriage laws nowadays. By doing this the ages of Romeo's friends would have to be raised according so that they appear to be roughly similar. The family elders would not need to be altered, I would cast then as being around 55 years of age with the Prince's character similar. The role of the characters would need to be updated together with the background of the plot. ...read more.


I would choose a modern classical work with variations of tempo and mood, for instance Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' or Holst's 'The Planets'. They would both provide sufficient scope for the whole film. I would see the music soundtrack for Act 1, as being orchestral throughout. As regards film direction the film would open on an empty street in a long shot. After a long pause the two servants would appear. The music would begin at this moment and the long shot will remain. The camera would slowly zoom in on the servants to close up for a dialogue. This would be repeated for the arrival of the second two with long shots but as the fight scene progresses the cutting would become rapid and shorter until the Prince appears when the film would return to longer shots. The remainder of the scene I would feature fades and dissolves to release the dramatic tension of the fight. The lighting I would use for the street fight would be high contrast to emphasise the action. The remaining dialogue would be in a low colour. The film would have more possibilities to be shot in colour. The play is concerned with basic human emotions which could be translated into any number of different settings but placing it in a modern context would make it accessible to more people. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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