Assignment: The Play's The Thing

Take a scene from a set play and present it in movie form.

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Suggested techniques

Film it as if on a stage, or else film it as if it were a movie, and compare the difference between the two approaches.

Use modern dress if appropriate period dress is not supplied.

Add in background music to add mood.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • This requires the students to examine a scene in depth, understand staging, and create an interpretation of the work. You can then build on this in class as they explain why they chose to present the work that way.
  • It gets the students engaged, and requires them to stop thinking about drama in written form and think about it as performance.
  • It helps develop an understanding of the differences between film and stage.
  • Filming in animation allows them options that would not be possible on a classroom or school stage.
  • Dramatic performance makes for a good group project.
  • Voicing an animated version builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.

Suitability

  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for groups
  • Drama, literature

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