The Doctor does Shakespeare

Date: 2007
Posted by: Garrywat
Credits: Created by Gary and Lisa Watkinson
Cast: David Tennant
Duration: 0.25

A compilation by Gary and Lisa Watkinson, reacting to the news in 2007 that David Tennant was to play Hamlet on stage, which takes word-clips from the BBC television series Dr Who (in which Tennant plays the title role) to construct lines from Shakespeare’s play. The lines selected are ‘What a peice [sic] of work is Man/How noble in reason’ and ‘There is nothing either good or bad/But thinking makes it so’.

David Tennant Does Shakespeare

Date: 2007
Posted by: Garrywat
Credits: Created by Gary and Lisa Watkinson
Cast: David Tennant
Duration: 0.25

A second compilation by Gary and Lisa Watkinson. The lines selected are ‘To be or not to be, that is the question, ‘That it should come to this’ and ‘The play’s the thing’ (complete phrase from the Dr Who episode The Shakespeare Code).

Links
The Doctor does Shakespeare YouTube page
David Tennant Does Shakespeare YouTube page

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Hamlet in 95 boxes

Date: 2008
Posted by: yuetuo
Credits: Animated by Yue Tuo
Duration: 6.46

Exquisite six-minute interpretation of Hamlet, animated by Yue Tuo, a Chinese student at Maryland Institute College of Art. The simply animated but highly-stylised look is taken from the Chinese tradition of shadow puppets, and owes something to the silhouette films of Lotte Reininger. The ‘plot’ could probably not be followed by anyone without a knowledge of the play, but the striking title designs (“An unexpected DEATH of a FATHER”) break down the action into formalised tableaux, or ‘boxes’.

Yue Tuo’s thesis statement explains the project thus:

From the moment of birth, we are given a box prepared only for us. This box is called “character.” From this gift, we develop “personality.” It is with us every single minute of our entire life. We build a methodology or “pattern of behavior”; therefore, we live our lives inside an invisible maze. This interactive piece invites people from any culture to uncover the basic social-psychological tasks that people confront during their lives; issues of dependence and independence, selfishness and sacrifice, birth and death. In the piece she applies psychological analysis of personality characteristics to explore as well as experiment with a unique method for apprehending and dealing with daily occurrences. The piece aims to archive an interaction with viewers and unable them to apprehend the symbolic meaning from animated characters’ reactions based on people’s reactions toward various situations. She applies Hamlet as an armature for exploring universal experiences.

Links
There is a web page on her project and exhibition, with photographs
YouTube page

Richard III Redux

Date: 2006
Posted by: wishnow
Credits: Created by Jason Wishnow
Duration: 0.17

The reductio ad absurdum of online Shakespeare videos, this is a 17-second interpretation of, approximately, the death of Buckingham from Richard III (Act 4 Scene 1), as performed by a piece of garlic (playing Sheriff) and a lime (Buckingham). It was created iby animator Jason Wishnow as a fleeting comic exercise (‘a late-night test’) before he went on to produce the more ambitious, eight-minute epic Oedipus, likewise performed by a cast of vegetables, but on a far grander scale (the film took two years to produce and was premiered at the Sundance Festival). Oedipus is also available on YouTube, and has its own website.

Links
YouTube page