Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0021. Monday, 10 January 1994.
Date: Sunday, 09 Jan 94 21:45 PST
Subject: Model for Multimedia Shakespeare
Comment: SHK 5.0018 Model for Multimedia Shakespeare
>A CD-ROM based multimedia novella for the MacIntosh, reviewed in the
>November 1993 *Computer Gaming World*, pp. 36-38, looks as if it might
>serve as a model for multimedia Shakespeare.
The Compton's product indeed sounds very interesting, but I think that the
period for modeling has ended. Shakespeare multimedia is already here. I've
been fortunate enough to see a demo of the Voyager Company's _MacBeth_, and
it's a stunner. The product will be unveiled at a Macintosh trade show this
The Voyager CD-ROM contains a complete Quicktime film of the play (a supposedly
excellent ITV production from the '70's; I don't know it), generous additional
clips from the Welles, Kurosawa, and Polanski films, and the complete New
Cambridge version of the play, edited by UCLA's Al Braunmuller. The entire text
of the print edition, including the critical apparatus, is included and
reincarnated with comprehensive hypertext (i.e., links between the text and
video, stills, maps, etc.) Braunmuller has even added a bit more material for
the Voyager edition.
A "dramaturgical apparatus" is also included, with various performance aids.
This was put together by UCLA drama faculty. And there's karaoke, enabling
viewers to speak lines along with the films as the text scrolls on the screen.
In short, it's rich product. I should note that I am a graduate student in the
English department at UCLA, so take that into account when evaluating my
As a side note, I already own a "multimedia MacBeth," this one from IBM's
Multimedia Publishing Studio. It's a poor product, in my opinion, and I don't
If you have a chance to see the Voyager _MacBeth_, though, leap at it.
Macintosh only, alas. The Voyager personnel at the demo asked us academics,
rather plaintively, whom we thought the audience (i.e., market) might be for
this product. They have little idea how well this might sell or how it might be
used. This list, I imagine, will have plenty of ideas on that score.
Department of English, UC Los Angeles