The Ghost Scene of William Shakespeare's Hamlet

The Ghost Scene of William Shakespeare's Hamlet

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We have been studying the play 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare. We
have read the original text as well as watching three film versions of
the play one by Zefferelli, Branagh and Almieda. We have been
concentrating mainly on the ghost scenes in these three films. We also
worked on an unusual ghost scene, which we made into a comical ghost
scene in a little booklet.

I have chosen to do a film production. I have chosen to do this
because after watching the three film versions of the ghost scene it
has given me ideas of costumes, settings and how to produce the ghost
to make him stand out, also in the film you can use special effects
and a lot more than you can do in a theatre production of the ghost
scene in 'Hamlet'.

I want my setting to be set in a castle on a staircase leading down
towards the cellar/basement of the castle. I want the set to seem very
cold, dark and musty with a real feel of tension in the air. I want
the sound of the ghosts voice to be unnatural and decayed, with slow
unnatural music playing quietly in the background and I want a sharp
possibly loud noise of music on certain words Hamlet or the ghost use
to emphasise them so people know the word has some sort of strong
meaning to it. On this ghost scene at first the only lighting will be
Hamlets candle as he is walking towards the cellar/basement staircase,
and then when the ghost appears I want the lighting to be a pale blue,
with a slight mist in the air to show the coldness and darkness of
this scene. I will be using quite a few camera techniques during this
scene. When either Hamlet or the ghost are talking I will have close
up shots of just there faces, I will have the camera focus onto
Hamlet's face when the ghost says something to describe the murder
which will then lead the a flashback of that image, and then to see

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the Hamlet's facial reactions of that image. The actors will be
wearing 16th century clothing, Hamlet will be wearing dull coloured
baggy clothes and the ghost will be wearing a hooded black cloak e.g.
like the grim reaper. I will include some minor special effects in my
ghost scene. In my ghost scene the ghost will appear cold, blue and
unnatural to a normal human, one minute Hamlet will be talking to the
ghost in front of him then as the camera cuts to Hamlets face the
ghost will then appear somewhere else to before and the ghost when he
reappears will sometimes have his hood down, or over his head so his
face is dark but able to see his cold red eyes, or his hood over his
head with his head hung down so he is almost invisible with the dark
shadows of the night.

I chose to do a film production of the ghost scene from 'Hamlet'
because there are more options available to choose to add into your
film production such as special effects and computer animation. I
thought that the play 'Hamlet' was a very good play, it was very
realistic in the way that it was set, it was very creative and
imaginative. I enjoyed the play as there was always some sort of
tension or action and it never got boring, so the play is good because
it keeps your attention all the time so you don't get bored and
discard it.
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