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How would you present Act 2 Scene 1 of Macbeth on film for a modern audience?

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How would you present Act 2 Scene 1 of Macbeth on film for a modern audience? Before a director can even say the words "Lights, camera, action", he needs to take certain points into consideration, for example camera angles, lighting, casting and many more. The director of a film has to put a lot of thought and time into planning shot types which are basically camera angles and movement. Camera angles can make the viewer think many things. For example a 'high shot' is where the camera is placed higher up than the person it is filming. This makes the viewer feel as if they are more powerful than the person being filmed. As a director I wish to present my film for a modern audience to really enjoy. In order to successfully achieve this I will allow modern special effects to contribute in my production of 'Act 2 Scene 1' in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. Firstly, I will decide what the weather shall be like in my film. I think weather is important in the success of my film because it can help to set the mood of a particular scene. The weather in my motion picture shall be mostly dark and rainy which will set a frightening effect which I think is compulsory for this scene because it sets the mood for the evil and betrayal that takes place. ...read more.


He needs to be able to show his dark side as well as his innocent and victim side at different times. For example his darkest words in the scene are "I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell that summons thee to heaven, or to hell." This passage is what Macbeth says to Duncan before he murders him. A case of Macbeth's guiltless side is "Or art thou but a dagger of the mind, a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?" This quotation shows that Macbeth can be easily spooked by things and is not always evil. The person who will play Macbeth needs to be able to blend both of the above to make the characterization a success. The character of Banquo I want to be seen as an innocent, kind human being who always has other people's feelings at heart. I wish for the audience to see Banquo getting more and more from when he and Fleance are talking at the start of the scene. Towards the end of the scene I want Banquo and Fleance to still seem innocent but we can tell they are starting to suspect Macbeth of getting up to something. ...read more.


I think this will be more effective than the audience watching Macbeth trying to grab a floating dagger. Lighting is another major part of any film, for example whether to have a room light or dark. When Macbeth is about to murder King Duncan I will have a shadow over half of his face. This will symbolise Macbeth being half good and half evil and will remind the audience of "Fair is foul and foul is fair" which is what the witches told Macbeth at the start of the play. Another way I could use shadows at the same time would be do put a shadow moving up Duncan's body-as more words are said the more shadow covers him. This will enhance the evil feeling within the script. When the shadow reaches Duncan's face I will move to a close of his eyes, so it will seem as if Duncan is starring at the audience. All the points which I have raised will come together to portray Macbeth on film in the way I perceive it. My version of Macbeth Act 2 Scene 1 may not be everyone's favourite choice but I'm sure the audience would enjoy the way in which modern techniques and an old fashioned setting are blended together to give them an insight them into how people may have lived in those days, and help them to appreciate the work of William Shakespeare in an interesting and entertaining way. By Mark Woodcock ...read more.

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