A Midsummer’s Chaos

Demetrius and Helena getting drunk….wait. What? In our own interpretation of William Shakespeare‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is A Midsummer’s Chaos, portarys a troublesome love story of Demetrius and Helena and a gang. I worked with Michelle, Lilliane, and Jewellee to interpret the story from Act 2 Scene 2.

 

Video:

Director’s Notebook:

This is a link to our script.

This is a link to our staging.

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Science Daily Log #10

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We were replanting our plants outside to let them continue growing even though we are going to be away for the holidays.

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Science Daily Log #9

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We watered the plants quite a lot as we won’t be coming back for the weekend. They are growing quite well.

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The other pot, I think, is dead. Even though we are continuously watering, it is not germinating. Ayo.

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May, wait, April Rain Song: CREATE Project

 

 

Rain is special. At least, for me. I have thousands of good memories with my friends in the rain, and since then, I loved rain. That is why I was attracted to Langston Hughes’s poem, “April Rain Song.” I decided to make an animation with the poem, just like last year, but honestly, I couldn’t find the very theme that I used year in goanimate. I decided to challenge myself with a stop-motion clip, with Boinx iStopMotion. As it was my first time trying stop-motion, it took a lot of time as I made many mistakes, but I really enjoyed my day.

I utilized TPCASTT to better understand this poem. I also was trying to use the digital media effectively to fully convey the mood and emotions of the poem. To intensify the soft, tender mood of the poem, I decided to use a piano cover of a song as my background music. I was thinking what song could be perfectly fitting the song, and I thought of piano cover of a Korean song saved in my desktop. I found this song very gentle and mild, yet conveys powerful mood of warmness. I was also trying to demonstrate my understanding of literary languages, but this poem of one of the most straightforward poem of Langston Hughes, I didn’t have chances to analyze. However, Hughes’s employment of visual imagery was very impressive. He only used short, simple sentences, but I realized that he could convey a lot more meanings. Reading his poem reminded me of my childhood remembrance of me playing with my friends in the rain, which made me smile without noticing.

Making a stop-motion video was a challenge for me, as I am still not used to operate computers, but I really enjoyed this CREATE project.

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Science Daily Log #8

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We watered these plants. They grew quite well. But we are kind of worried that the layer of soil is too shallow as they aren’t growing so straight. However, quite satisfied!

 

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Puck vs. I

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, 1999

In the play A Midsumer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare illustrates Puck, also known as Robin Goodfellow, as a naughty prankster. His witty sense of humor and jokes is like another magic that turns a scene mischievous and entertaining. He brings the play one step closer to the genre, comedy, by providing many fun-loving, warm jokes. I compared myself with Puck; I found myself pretty relatable to Puck, but also found contrasting aspects.

Puck, in the play, is portrayed as Oberon’s attendant who frequently jokes to Oberon (the king of the fairies). Shakespeare elucidates him as a funny, positive character throughout the whole play. He writes “Or else you are that shrewd and knavish sprite Called Robin Goodfellow. Are you not you he That frights the maidens of the villagery…” (2.1.33 – 35), clearly suggesting Puck’s character as a little hobgoblin who wanders around playing pranks and making fun of humans. Shakespeare uses the diction “shrewd”, meaning ‘having or showing sharp powers of judgement’ and “knavish”, meaning ‘dishonest or unscrupulous’, to depict Puck’s characteristics and many more, clearly representing Puck as a playful prankster. Furthermore, Puck says that “I am that merry wanderer of the night. I jest to Oberon, and make him smile” (2.1.43 – 44) In this scene, Puck is clearly portrayed as a funny fairy who jokes around making fun of somebody, but eventually makes people laugh. His choice of words uses fun, witty sense of humor. “Up and down, up and down, I will lead them up and down; I am feared in find and town. Goblin, lead them up and down.” (3.2.396 – 399) Puck uses rhyming and repetition and uses the word “goblin” to introduce Lysander, Hermia, Helena and Demetrius. His choice of words flourish the play with different colors. Puck also makes mistake, showing some humane aspects of fairy, that Oberon and Titania has already showed through their jealousy and altercation. Puck accidentally puts the flower’s juice into Lysander’s eyelid, getting mistaken him as Demetrius. Shakespeare writes ”And run through fire I will for thy sweet sake! Transparent Helena, nature shows art That through thy bosom makes me see thy heart.” (2.2.109 – 111) Even though Puck is one of the immortals that is usually demonstrated as a perfect, divine being that don’t make mistakes and act with dignity, Shakespeare’s interpretation of Puck is rather humorous.

I like to joke around people, (also making fun of) and make people laugh. When I notice an awkward atmosphere or silence, I randomly spit a joke without any thinking and people start laughing, and I feel relieved. Although I don’t play pranks as serious and troublesome as Puck’s planks, I still like to play some trick to my friends and pretend that I haven’t done anything and laugh at them. Puck

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Science Daily Log #7

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With the germinated tomato seed, we tried out our aquapoincs  system. We planted them in sponge, in order to make sure that the seed continuosly gets watered.

 

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It grew quite a lot and it now has its rough appearane of radish. As we won’t be here for next four days, I watered them more compared to how we normally water them.

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Science Daily Log #6

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The germinated seeds grew quite a lot over the weekend.

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I watered the germinated seeds (above) during lunchtime, but as I forgot about this small window farm, it is in the process of dying. aye.

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We moved the germinated seeds (photo 1) to the bigger pot in the greenhouse, as it grew quite a lot to keep germinating in the planting pot.

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Science Daily Log #5

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We watered the window farm frequently and it grew this much.

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This is the germinated radish seed, and we planted these seeds in the germinating plant pots to make them grow faster.

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Science Daily Log #4

We watered the paper cups with seeds, but I think we failed again. Too much water, I guess.

But we still watered it just in case.

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We decided to germinated these seeds again at my home.

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