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Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

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Theatre

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In the Linfield Theatre Program’s November 2015 production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, audiences were taken not to a beautiful and exotic island, but to a trash heap run by Prospero, whose power came from technology instead of magic. With many aspects of the production working together to communicate this idea, the director and scenic designer decided that the backdrop of the show would be projected video, mirroring this strange world. As the multimedia designer and engineer, I opened up Adobe Premiere and VideoBlocks to begin creating this digital scenic element. Though there were many video transitions played between each scene, the two most prominent videos used in the production were created for the storm scene (Act I Scene I) and the harpy sequence (Act 3 Scene 3). With both of these videos, I had to communicate the contrast between the natural and technological worlds while also creating a sense of unease and confusion in the audience without stealing attention away from the actors standing in front of the projection screen.

This realized design project was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in the Allied Crafts Realized Division at the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Denver, Colorado.

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A Static Storm

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

In the Linfield Theatre Program’s November 2015 production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, audiences were taken not to a beautiful and exotic island, but to a trash heap run by Prospero, whose power came from technology instead of magic. With many aspects of the production working together to communicate this idea, the director and scenic designer decided that the backdrop of the show would be projected video, mirroring this strange world. As the multimedia designer and engineer, I opened up Adobe Premiere and VideoBlocks to begin creating this digital scenic element. Though there were many video transitions played between each scene, the two most prominent videos used in the production were created for the storm scene (Act I Scene I) and the harpy sequence (Act 3 Scene 3). With both of these videos, I had to communicate the contrast between the natural and technological worlds while also creating a sense of unease and confusion in the audience without stealing attention away from the actors standing in front of the projection screen.

This realized design project was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award in the Allied Crafts Realized Division at the 2016 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Denver, Colorado.

 

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