Ian Holm as Polonius in the Mel Gibson version
Think of yourself as the director of a scene from Act 1 in Hamlet.. As the director of the play/movie, you need to have a clear, developed, complete concept of your vision of the play. A director’s vision of a play should all work together: the music should echo the set, and the costumes. You may find it useful to base your concept of the play around a singular theme that you want to reinforce through set, costumes, sound, and delivery.
You need to post your answers in the comments stream by Monday, February 11th at 4:00p.m. to the following questions. Each question will take at least one well formed paragraph or more and need to be backed up with evidence from the scene. (50 points)
- How would your set for the stage look and be arranged? Why? Consider colors, lighting, scale, texture, and layout.
- What would the character's costume look like? Why? Consider colors, fit, style, time period, and texture.
- What sorts of sound effects or music would you use in the production? Why? Consider time period, volume, and genre.
- How would the character deliver his lines? Why? What does this show us about your character?
Answering the “why” part of each of the above questions is the most difficult part of this assignment, but it is also the portion that allows the most leeway. Fell free to hyperlink to any material online that is appropriate.
Remember: your goal is to develop or create a character's personality by providing information about the character and how he or she should act, look, and sound.
POST HERE IF YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT POLONIUS (ANY CLASS)