Hamlet on the Street

Date: 2007
Posted by: Chris Barrett
Credits: Filmed by Chris Barrett. Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment
Cast: Craig Bazan (Hamlet)
Duration: 3.10

One of the most celebrated and most watched of original Shakespeare online videos in the short history of the genre. Eighteen year old Craig Bazan, a student at the Creative Arts High School, delivers the ‘O what a rogue and peasant slave am I’ soliloquy from Hamlet (Act 2 Scene 2), in a single shot with fixed camera on a street in Camden, New Jersey. Its its raw and immediate power comes as much from its setting as the passion of the performance. There is a real feeling that this is where Shakespeare belongs.

The video made such an impact that Bazan subsequently published a follow-up YouTube video to say thank you for all of the positive responses that had been received. Barrett and Bazan have now made Hamlet on the Street – Scene 2, in which Bazan plays the scene where Hamlet meets his father’s ghost and becomes possessed by it.

Date: 2007
Posted by: Chris Barrett
Credits: Filmed by Chris Barrett. Powerhouse Pictures Entertainment
Cast: Craig Bazan (Hamlet)
Duration: 4.18

Powerful once more, perhaps with a bit too much shouting, and not quite the impact of the inspired first video.

Links
Hamlet on the Street YouTube page
Hamlet on the Street – Scene 2 YouTube page

Kate and Petruchio

Date: 2007
Posted by: sniglfritz
Credits: Produced and edited by Nessa. Written by Nessa and Charlotte. Filmed by Nessa, Hannah and Charlotte. Music credits given at the end of the video. A Don’t Put This on Camera Production
Cast: Hannah (Hortensio, Bianca, Grumia), Nessa (Gremio, Lucentio), Charlotte (Petruchio’s Mother, Lucentio’s Playmate, Baptista)
Duration: 8.56 (the final 90 seconds are music only)

Lively parody of The Taming of the Shrew done as a Canadian school project, and presented in the style of a ‘Hollywood True Story’ TV programme. It intercuts rather well between its enthusiastic all-female cast (three of them, playing multiple roles) and stills of Kate (Angela Jolie) and Petruchio (Brad Pitt) – such wise choices – telling an everyday story of celebrity life.

Links
YouTube page

Geto Boys/Macbeth Mashup

Date: 2007
Posted by: Scartol
Credits: Created by Scartol
Cast: Jon Finch (Macbeth), Francesca Annis (Lady Macbeth)
Duration: 5.13

A logical fusion of Macbeth with Gangsta rap, in this neatly-edited mashup of shots from Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth (in widescreen), with Jon Finch as Macbeth and Francesca Annis as Lady Macbeth, to the music of the Geto Boys’ ‘Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me’. There are numerous adroit matches between lyrics and action; note, for example, the timing of the lines (from the song) of ‘my hands are all bloody’.

Links
YouTube page

The Ages of Man

Date: 2007
Posted by: jrsherrard
Credits: Filmed by Jean Sherrard
Cast: 5th and 6th graders
Duration: 1.46

More from the Hillside Student Community (see the American school’s spirited group rendition of “To be or not to be“, posted earlier), as individually and collectively the fifth and sixth graders recite the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech from As You Like It, Act 2 Scene 7. A vigorous spirit and attention to meaning is evident in each shot of the children in an appropriate woodland setting.

Links
YouTube page

Moth

Date: 2006
Posted by: viewmistress
Credits: Conceived, designed and directed by Lyn Kagen. A Puppet Anarchy Production. Copyright Lynne Cohen
Cast: Tim Lagasse (Moth)
Duration: 2.24

A moth is seen fluttering by a candle in the night. We cut to a close-up of a sock puppet of the moth, which then utters most of the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy from Hamlet, though this rendition ends with the words ‘The rest is silence’. The moth flies into the flame. The end.

A rather poignant effort, artfully done with effective changes in camera angle.

Links
YouTube page

Mini Monologues: Snippets of Shakespeare and others

Date: 2008
Posted by: CoreyAllenX
Credits: Created by Corey Allen
Cast: Corey Allen
Duration: 8.28

YouTube is awash with audition pieces from hopeful actors showing off their Shakespearean party pieces. This selection of pieces from 2008 has been put together by New York actor Corey Allen, and features selections from Titus Andronicus, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (plus others, non-Shakespearean), filmed in a cafe complete with background noises. What is compelling about such pieces is not so much the quality or otherwise of the acting, but of the intensity and intimacy of performances delivered in close-up.

Links
YouTube page

Then Fall Caesar

Date: 2007
Posted by: thenardier1
Credits: Created by Brian Randall for Brandall Films
Cast: Lego
Duration: 4.25

A dynamic intepretation in Lego of the assassination scene from Julius Caesar, enhanced by some creative camera work but weakened somewhat by poor picture quality.

Links
YouTube page