To Be Or Not To Be

Date: 2006
Posted by: gr8tbigtreehugger
Credits: Created by gr8tbigtreehugger. A HatHead Production
Cast: Kenneth Brannagh [sic] (Hamlet)
Duration: 3.17

Second Life-style graphics characterise this peculiar, unearthly rendition of the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy from Hamlet (Act 3 Scene 1). A head on a pedestal utters the deathless words in a whisper as the ‘camera’ swoops about and monks intone in the background. Not much of an intelligible expression passes over the face until it breaks into a goofy grin at the words, “Soft you now! The fair Ophelia!”. The animation uses 3D animation software from, and it seems to be a case of the software having driven the inspiration for the work. Some day (when virtual reality takes over entirely) everything will look like this.

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