As Shakespeare once said, “the course of true love never did run smooth”. In Love Causes Headaches, our interpretation of a scene in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we portrayed the internal conflict of the characters in the scene. The scene we interpreted was Act 1 Scene 1, lines 128-251 . With my partners Tom and Anthony, we had rewritten this scene in modern context. As a group, we equally distributed the work. Below is the film, and our finalised version of the Director’s Notebook.
This is the link to the Director’s Notebook:
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This is our Film (Password: shakespeare)
Here is my rationale for this project:
During this project, our group worked as a cohesive unit and we split up the work equally. In terms of the contribution that I made to the group, I was in charge of choosing the costumes and providing explanations and reasoning behind my choices. I also wrote and edited a large portion of the script and subscript, helped to modify the language to fit our context, and did the final editing of the script after the film was made.
In our scene, we utilized the language and actions of our characters to explore the theme of how the process of love will always encounter conflicts with people around them, and by seeking one’s loved one’s one can attempt to resolve such conflicts. This is shown as throughout the scene, Hermia and Lysander were debuting about how the school laws interfered with their relationship, as the school has recently implemented a rule that bans dating in general. Another conflict that is shown in this scene is when Helena tries to be noticed by professor Demetrius, but encounters a conflict as professor Demetrius favors Hermia, even though she doesn’t care about professor Demetrius. It is important to note that in this context, Helena does not love Demetrius, but just admires him as a teacher.
The character I acted out as was Lysander. In terms of acting, I acted timidly in the beginning of the scene, but shifted to more direct approaches after the problem was solved. At the start, Lysander emphasize with Hermia, as he tries to enlighten her mood towards the situation as a whole. I used very limited hand gestures and emotions to show the distraught state we are in due to our relationship. In this following scenes, Lysander play more of a supportive role while Hermia and Helena have their conflicts regarding friendship and their relationship with professor Demetrius, which instigates Lysander’s plan of leaving the school campus to action. In this scene, even though I speak very little, I start to speak with more emotion, as I have just come up with the idea of running away from campus, which makes the situation more optimistic and replenishes us with vigor. In terms of costumes, which is the part that I as in charge of, I made sure that all the clothing that the characters wore was suitable in the context, and matched their personalities. For Lysander, I used very similar colored clothing to indicate that at this point, after he has decided to leave school campus, that he was a very one-sided character, and that all his character has been exposed. Hermia’s character is already very plain and straightforward, shown by the choices of the costume. Her costume was plain and implied a straightforward personality, which was shown in the performance aspect of this project. Lastly, for Helena, I had chosen a set of costumes that fitted her personality in this modern context, which helped distinguish the differences between her and the other characters. With all three characteristics being unique in their own ways, it shows the contrast and conflict between these characters, which contributes to the understanding of our thematic statement, which is that the process of love will always encounter conflicts with people around them.