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Shakespeare Film Making

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Media & Non-Fiction, Media & Non-Fiction Activities, Shakespeare, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

This is an interactive assignment on Shakespeare and you have been asked by a production company to help them complete a short film on the famous playwright.

Watch the video.

Discuss it with your classmates.

  • What messages are coming across in this short film?
  • What does the title suggest “The Bard and The Barred?? Who is The Bard and who might be The Barred?
  • What do you think about the comments of the girls?
  • How do you respond to the man’s comment at the end?
  • The film was shot in two locations. Where are they? Why are they important in the life of Shakespeare?

The producer is keen to add a few more details to the above film. Another production assistant has been kind enough to do some research for you. The results are below. Sift through the information and decide whether you would like to include some more comments on Shakespeare.

To earn your fee on this film, you need to include at least five relevant quotations to improve it. Which ones are you going to recommend to the producer? Put a ring round them. Delete sections as you see fit. Prepare to justify your decisions after the task.


There are few facts known with certainty about William Shakespeare’s life and death.

The extraordinary writing skills where Shakespeare captured human nature have not been rivalled or replicated since his death.

Shakespeare’s great characters have remained popular because of their complexity. He wrote on a literal and symbolic level.

Shakespeare was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England, 26 April 1564.

His works are described as the works of a genius.

His acting company acquired interests in two theatres in the Southwark area of London, near the banks of the Thames - The Globe and The Blackfriars.

Chances are you use Shakespeare’s expressions all the time even though you may not know it is the Bard you are quoting.

Shakespeare grew rich enough during his time in London to buy a property in Blackfriars,...

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