Shakespeare in Love
In this scene, William Shakespeare is battling his writer’s block as he struggles to create a new masterpiece. He is eager to find out the right person to act Romeo in his new play that he is working on in order to make a hit in theatre industry again.
As the playwright and director, he is giving those who want to complete for the role an audition and waiting for the right person coming into sight as soon as possible.
Finally, here enters Viola, an aristocrat's daughter who loves theater and would like nothing more than to take the stage, but is forbidden from doing so as only men can be actors. She is also a great admirer of Shakespeare's works. Dressing as a man and going by the name of Thomas Kent, Viola gives a wonderful audition in front of Shakespeare. Upon hearing her, Shakespeare is convinced that he has found his male lead.
This scene takes place in an out-fashioned and shabby-genteel theatre, which might not be currently used but as a place for audition or rehearsal. This set fits authentic situation and reflects Shakespeare’s dilemma quite well. On one hand, the theatre Shakespeare working for is faced with heavy debt and running out of money, so that it can’t afford luxurious and fancy facilities. On the other hand, Shakespeare is also confronted with a predicament—poverty-stricken, no inspiration, and unhappy marriage experience. All in all, the set designed here gives the audience a clue and a hint that what kind of unpleasant and humble situation that theater owner and Shakespeare are going through. This set is a successful example using outside environment to reveal the inner world and somber mood of characters.
Lighting and Shot
This scene paints a stunning portrait of life and theater in the Elizabethan era. Although the story is a work of fiction, the director tries to provide the audience with an authentic picture and real atmosphere of that period of time. Therefore, the lighting method...