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

De Niro’s Hamlet

Date: 2007
Posted by: VirtualVirtue
Credits: Created by Vish
Cast: Vish (Hamlet)
Duration: 2.19

An impressively psychotic interpretation of the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy, were it to be performed by Travis Bickle, Robert De Niro’s character in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. The art is not simply in its execution but in sensing the relationship between two characters teetering on the edge of madness, psyching themselves up for a revenge is as much against life itself as against any particular person.

Links
YouTube page

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

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