Julie Taymor’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream film adaptation creates a fantastical spin on the well-known Shakespeare play. The director is able to create an effective dream-like setting with the use of projections, lighting, and puppetry. From the beginning, there is a sense of wonder created, as without word or introduction, Puck, played by Kathryn Hunter, glides onto stage and lays down on a mattress supported by branches. Puck is then lifted into the air and a large white sheet consumes the stage. Even for those familiar with the play, such as myself, it immediately commands your mind to travel to the dream world Taymor has created. Throughout, Taymor uses visual effects to her advantage. Repeatedly, the stage is overcome by a large sheet, and on occasions, there are images projected onto it. The title is the first thing that appears after Puck’s ascent into the sheet. The scenes following are of the characters from Athens, or a broader term, the mortals. It isn’t until after the first act has concluded that the sheet returns with tangled branches projected on it and Puck descending back to the stage. The sheet repeatedly blankets the stage, but only during …show more content…
Theseus and Hippolyta are both dressed completely in black, which is then contrasted by the Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius, dressed in purple, blue, and green respectively. This is the only time any of the characters are wearing specific colors that are not some shade of black or white. Puck wears gray slacks and a white shirt for the duration of the play. Titania and Oberon are stark contrasts, as she is dressed in all white and he in dark ebony. Even the mechanicals only wear various shades of black, gray, and white. The lack of color in the other character’s clothing places an emphasis on the three lovers and allows for an interesting development as the play
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The color scheme used through the story are mostly dark colors. When Mr. Shiftlet arrived “ He had a black town suit and a brown felt hat”. Black is known for death, evil, and mystery. While the description of Mrs. Crater emphasized on the grey hat, grey is known for loss and depression.
With the array of different motifs Fitzgerald is conveying the message that appearances are deceiving. Fitzgerald utilizes the motif of white ironically to illustrate how impure the characters are. Daisy walks in “dressed in white” in her den (Fitzgerald 74). By revealing daisy wearing white, Fitzgerald is using the common interpretation of white
The costumes represent the rank in society for these characters. An example is Desmond, who wears extravagant clothing showing she has money. Mostly, throughout the film, she wears black clothing, which represented her sadness, and anger of accepting her time in Hollywood that ended many years back. Another example, Gillis, who in the beginning wears lower class clothes because he cannot afford anything else. Eventually, he becomes a gigolo and ends up wearing expensive suits that many people cannot afford.
The dramaturgy (the study of dramatic composition of the play) is unique, in that Washburn takes an innovative approach to writing this play by attending a real-life tech rehearsal, transcribing the dialogue that occurs in the room between actors, technicians, directors, producers, etc., condenses the transcription and uses the condensed version in her piece 10 out of 12. The play intertwines dialogue between various departments of theatre (actors, directors and technicians) and various mediums of sound (use of taped dialogue, live dialogue and headset dialogue) thus creating an experience that uses all the senses. Washburn’s realistic style of script shows her focus on the view that theatre is not meant to be watched but rather heard or experiences, her play is an experience so realistic that it makes the audience question whether it is reality or fiction. She uses real-life reference in an accurate manner which led to the conception of the script for 10 out of
For example, Daisy had a literal meltdown when she saw how expensive Gatsby’s shirts are, and the only reason she even considered being with Gatsby 5 years later is that he got rich. To hide these traits, both Daisy and Jordan wear white to cover up their faults, and to seem pure to outsiders. White can also symbolize emptiness, as all that is in Daisy’s life is luxury, which leads her to waste all of her time in boredom and loneliness (Zhang, p.
The stage design gives the impression of the characters being in two separate rooms, the positioning of blocks and pillars helps again to demonstrate this. This intricate attention to detail enables the performance to be compared so similarly to the movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, although the ‘big screen’ enables more room for a fast change in setting and shots, Rourke does a phenomenal job trying to create this illusion which works so brilliantly. The night before the wedding or you could refer to it as the ‘stag and hen do’ was an unexpected twist that the audience definitely did not see coming. Again, the revolving stage was used to represent the divide between the women and the men and to compensate for the lack of space that the stage could carry.
In the first Act of A Midsummer Night's Dream, main characters are introduced in a way that sets the tone for the rest of the play. Egeus' first speech, found on lines 23 to 46, is a perfect example of this; through his speech themes of domination and control, and his accusatory themes, he affirms the accepted positions of power of his time. Language and grammar used here all give the reader an important first impression. Starting with the first line, Egeus states "Full of vexation come I". By placing the phrase "full of vexation" first, the vexation — vexation over the disobedience of his daughter — is emphasized.
Some people feel that it`s quite challenging locating differences between a written story and its film, though, however, some people find it considerably simple to detect differences between the pair. A Midsummer Nights Dream was undoubtedly great cinematic film made in 1999. However, the written play of A Midsummer Nights Dream was much more detailed and more informational. The differences I noticed were the following: The Indian boy and his role, the setting, characters and examples of similarities. First of all, the primary anomaly I noticed implies the Indian boy and his role during the piece.
A good quote that shows how black can be used to show deep emotions is, "Somehow, between the sadness and loss, Max Vandenburg, who was now a teenager with hard hands, blackened eyes, and a sore tooth, was also a little disappointed. ”(Zusak 188) The use of black in this quote shows how Max’s eyes were deep and filled with sadness. Using the color really helps the reader visualize how max was feeling. In the book, Death who is the narrator denies he wears a black robe.
A monochromatic color palette is often used to show tranquility and integrity. On the other hand, the background turns to a caliginous shade of blue or even black in the panel directly before the violence erupts. Also in both scenes, the character that is widely accepted is noticeably larger than the one that is getting their identity questioned. The security guard (page 15) at the party towers over The Monkey King, showing how he has more power. Similarly, Danny is also a good amount taller than
Each character had a color theme assigned to them which developed the audiences’ attribute of that particular character. A minor character, Maurice wore white for a majority of his scenes which conveyed that he was innocence of the main plot. One of the antagonist Julian, wore browns and greens, which secured this character as unscrupulous and as a jealous person. The investigator Loren Visser’s suit was yellow-green, it produced a feeling of an agitated state of mind towards that character, and which amplify this character’s deeds and words. Ray and Abby’s costumes were a blue tint color.
This is extremely significant due to the fact that the colour grey is used to symbolize the man in the grey suit. From the very beginning of the novel, his name Alexander does not stick, for some reason people cannot remember it and automatically call him by his initials or by the colour of his suit. It represents the vagueness of him. This is because he is the most mysterious man in the novel, as he said "Names are not nearly as must import as people like to suppose". (Morgenstern27)
As stated before, costumes and décor, affected significantly the impression of the audience and it defined a statement for Ford as a director. The costumes were chosen carefully for the various parts: black suit for George 's present, staple dresses and heavy make- up for Charlotte and white clothes for both Jim, Kenny and past