Ever wondered how to win a game of 1v5 basketball? Well, you probably shouldn’t ask Nick Bottom…
Along with my group mates Michael and Leo, I interpreted lines 1-85 in act 1 scenes 2 of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as lines 1-57 of act 3 scene 1, also adding some of our own features to make it unique and somewhat original. In our adaptation, the mechanicals are preparing for the debut of their new basketball team, rather than a play. We made the addition of Theseus assigning Quince to take on the coaching job, who reluctantly accepts. One of the main struggles Quince faces is leading a 2 man basketball team to victory.
Director’s Notebook (2 Parts, as FlipSnack only allows up to 15 pages)
As the editor of the movie, it was my responsibility to take the clips we shot and organize them into a coherent product. This involved selecting music, adding special effects and cutting and combining the clips. The reasoning for my choices for the music were also provided by me in the notebook. I was also accountable for the costume design, and also explaining my choices for it and the music in the director’s notebook. As a group, we had issues communicating and collaborating in the beginning, and the workload wasn’t very balanced. Nonetheless I believe we were able to create a complete product in the end.
Costume design and the reasoning behind it was closely related to characterization. By Bottom’s physical appearance for example, you could tell that he is an arrogant and cavalier person, and from Flute’s you can tell that he is strange and doesn’t belong (details in director’s notebook). The music, in addition to invoking mood, also helps convey characterization. One of our song choices was Here Comes the BOOM by Nelly, but that song is only appropriate for Bottom, and we wouldn’t play it for Flute. This i because of the nuances of the song are way too bold and confident to fit with Flute’s temperament(details in director’s notebook). Writing the script and deciding the plot was a collaborative effort from all of us, so I contributed in those aspects as well. In the movie, I played our interpretation of Peter Quince, who is the team’s coach.
The major thematic issue in our story that arrogant disregard and unwillingness to compromise can create tension. In the movie Quince faces the issue is the egotistical and stubborn attitude of others. Stronger and more confident characters like Theseus and Bottom antagonize him, and he is forced to endure this conflict: “Yo loser! Just realised there’s something wrong”(Bottom 2.2). The condescending and irreverent tone in Bottom’s voice shows how he is antagonistic towards Quince and an instigator of conflict. After becoming more irritated, Quince is an instigator of conflict towards Flute, who he yells at and forces to sit on the bench: “Shut up Flute!”(Quince 2.2). By pressuring Quince into a job he was not interested in, Theseus ultimately causes Flutes grief and conflict with his own stubbornness.
Costume also helped convey theme. For example, Bottom’s uniform has arrogant and powerful connotations. With the application of our thematic issue that arrogance and egotism can cause tension and problems, it is clear Bottom is an instigator of conflict. The undertones provided by the music, like Don’t Waste My Time or Here Comes the BOOM also supports the notion suggested by the costume and props. When hearing Sad Piano played over Flute’s melancholy, the audience is unlikely to conclude that Flute is an antagonistic type of person (details in director’s notebook).