I need help creating my own film version of Macbeth and deciding which themes to concentrate on.  Explain what you will do to emphasize the themes--e.g. creative use of darkness and light,...

I need help creating my own film version of Macbeth and deciding which themes to concentrate on. 


Explain what you will do to emphasize the themes--e.g. creative use of darkness and light, costumes ,etc.

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Thinking about themes can be a fun way to create ideas for making a film version of Macbeth.  Some of the common themes that come up when discussing the play are:  evil; ambition; guilt; and gender or sex roles.  What theme do you think has the strongest effect on the play, or might be easiest or most fun to show in things like costuming, use of lighting, music and other symbols?

As an example let's look at the theme of evil.  To begin with, what sort of landscape could you use for the initial battle scene to reflect that evil is present?  Should it be a barren and desolate, bombed out patch of dry land or something else?  Is it a dark and crumbling, modern-day street corner?

How would you light it, to emphasize the evil?  Would you make this scene one in full daylight, full darkness, or would it be that moment of barely any light between day and night?  Would the light for the scene come from natural (sun, moon) or artificial (streetlights, flashlights, etc.) sources?

The witches are the first characters that appear.  How could you costume them to show their evil?  Are they more like monsters from an alien world rather than people?  Remember, this is a movie, so you can really think outside the box, not all your characters would need to be human.

In thinking of special effects and using music to highlight the theme of evil, you might want to look at some classic horror movies -- old ones like Dracula and Frankenstein as well as newer ones -- to get more ideas about how the principles of film making can best be  used to show evil in Macbeth.

You can write out your scenes as a screenplay or create what's called a storyboard.  The links below can give you more direction on these tools.

This seems like a fun project, since Halloween is just around the corner.  Hope that these suggestions help you understand your assignment!

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