RMU A Direction of the Play Macbeth by William Shakespeare Essay

This assignment is work 40 points (maximum if thoughtfully written plus extra credit for pictures of costumes, casting, locations, etc.; anything that pictures will clarify.). If you prefer to do the “Director’s Vision” assignment on something other than Macbeth or anotherShakespearian play, fairy tales offer a lot of chances to get really creative.At the bottom is a list of fairy tales. You must enter the name of the tale (COPY AND PASTE). For the most part, the tales are short; about a page-page and a half. Beginning with “Nasty Fairy Tales,” you willbe taken to a website that gives lots more fairy tales of all kinds. You may even use a fairy tale from your ancestral background. If you choose a tale that I may not be familiar with, please include a copy of the tale.looking at those for more background.BEFORE BEGINNING, PLEASE STATE WHETHER YOU ARE CHOOSING TO DO YOUR VISION FOR A PLAY OR FILM PRODUCTION. ALL THAT YOU DO WILL BE GUIDED BY WHICHEVER MEDIUM YOU CHOOSE.Before you begin working on the Director’s Vision assignment, I suggest you look at the Power Points above, which are Polanski’s Macbeth and Orson Welles’ Macbeth. The reason is that both PowerPoints have information that will help you as you are thinking about your own directorial vision or concept. Please remember that before you begin designing anything, you must decide THE STORY YOU WANT TO TELL THE AUDIENCE.THIS INCLUDES THE IDEA OF THEMES.Possible themes:The self-destructiveness of greed and ambitionGood vs. EvilFemininity vs. MasculinityFree will vs. FateAnything else you might want to explore.Then the question becomes, how to approach every aspect of the production in order to tell the story you want to tell the audience, including:1.Set design (realistic, bare stage with no/few set pieces). If a film, kinds of locations and theirdescription.2.Lighting3. Costumes4. Make up including any character make up such as for a zombie or alien.5.Special effects if any.6. Music7.CastingYou can’t ignore casting. Whom you cast in major roles in the scene you are doing is very important and greatly influences how the audience perceives the production.I want you to enjoy this assignment. Let your imagination go, and have fun with it. However, remember to think CRITICALLY by thinking through all your choices to make sure the effect and impact they have all work together to create what your vision is.INSTRUCTIONS:Please write a MINIMUM OF 8 PARAGRAPHS following the prompts below. Consider the following:Remember that with a stage, you are much more limited than with film. Also, consider that “less is sometimes more.” Often times in theater, an empty stage devoid of any furniture pieces might be much more powerful that an overly dressed stage that might look “pretty,” but detracts from the action. Remember that in both Greek theater and the theater of Shakespeare’s time, stages would have either few or no set pieces.D.Costumes. BE SPECIFIC. Instead of saying “modern dress,” say “jeans and sweatshirts” or “dark business suits with white dress shirts” or 18th Century dress with empire waists (women) and men in top hats, waist coats, and britches.E.Make up. If the make up is to be realistic, simply tell us what the character will look like; beard/mustache, made to look older with wrinkles, etc. If special make up is used, please explain. For example: pointed ears, three eyes. (PICTURE/DRAWING WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL AND WORTH EXTRA CREDIT).4.What would you hope the audience would get from A through E?Answering this question is a good way of critiquing your own work. If in reflecting on this question and going through what you designed for A through E, you realize that some part in not in line with your vision, you need to rethink that section.