Fourth Quarter Project: English 4

Scene Adaptations for Film or Audio

The local PBS station is seeking proposals for a new series of programs designed to make Shakespeare more accessible for teens. You and your team will submit a proposal and representative piece of work to the committee. Your proposal must be no longer than 250 words and explain your reasoning behind the adaptations you would like to make to the play The Taming of the Shrew. Your representative piece of work can either be in audio or video format and must be no shorter than 2 minutes and no longer than 3 minutes in length. Your piece will be judged according to the quality of the adaptation (language, word choice, modernizing elements, and costumes/props) and the quality of the technical work (editing, titles/voice over, sound and sound effects). Your proposal will be judged according to the quality of the writing.

Entries are due on May 28th. Late entries will not be considered for broadcast.

Specific Criteria:

Proposal- must answer the following (not necessarily in this order) questions

  • What time and place would you like to move your play to? What are your justifications for moving the play into this time and place?
  • What changes in language and wording do you wish to make and what makes these choices more interesting for teenagers today?
  • What modern elements do you propose to add to your production? Why?
  • What do you propose to change in the original play, if anything, to make it more interesting for teenagers today?
  • Which scene did you choose for this piece and why?

Film must include:

  • The performance of one scene (or excerpts from different scenes) using all group members
  • Opening title sequence and closing title sequence that includes credits
  • Voice over narration or slides with text that tell the viewers information they need to know about what has led to the scene or between scenes
  • Music- but it should NOT drown out the voices of the actors
  • Costuming of some kind
  • Props appropriate to purpose

Audio must include:

  • The performance of one scene (or excerpts from different scenes) using all group members
  • A narrator who introduces the play and closes it, reads the credits, and tells the viewers information they need to know about what has led to the scene or between scenes
  • Sound effects that indicate movement, props and background of scene
  • Dramatic Voices
  • Music

 

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