The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0770 Monday, 29 March 2004
Date: Sunday, 28 Mar 2004 20:13:20 -0500
Subject: New Henry V Film Coming Out Soon
Digital Effects Bring Middle Ages to Life in New Shakespeare Film
Digital Effects Bring Middle Ages to Life in New Shakespeare Film:
Independent filmmaker Peter Babakitis recreates the Hundred Years War in
William Shakespeare's Henry V.
(PRWEB) January 28 2004--We only know of life in the Middle Ages from
accounts, paintings and the few things they left behind, explains Mr.
Babakitis, I decided to base the visual style of Henry V on the
paintings of the 15th Century: Van der Weyden, Bosch, Van Eyck, Fouquet.
I felt that these characters in Shakespeare's play are somehow trapped
within their history, and I think that Shakespeare felt this way about
them. The new digital technology allows me to compose my scenes as the
medieval painters did, using objects as graphic elements, altering space
and time and implying a kind of ever present supernatural element.
Digital technology came to Mr. Babakitis's aid again for complex action
sequences: Digital cameras allowed us to cover the fights and action
from many angles in a very spontaneous way. We had hundreds of
reenactors at times, and my feeling about the battles was that it ought
to look like CNN coverage of all the wars that go on today, with all the
chaotic, unplanned shocks that appear in real documentary footage of the
so-called embedded video journalists. I wanted there to be a sharp
contrast between the planned, contained world of the royal courts, and
the nightmarish mayhem of the military campaigns. William Shakespeare's
Henry V is due to be released this spring by Sumless Treasuries Releasing.
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