Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Slender Man

Slender Man-
Now I know that this isn't at all related to Shakespeare, but with Shakesfeare... anything goes! If you don't know what Slander Man is, here are some descriptions found on the web that will shed some light on this dark and mysterious being(I just describe a creepy date haha):


The Slender Man is described as very tall and thin with unnaturally long arms(that can also form into testicles), which it can extend to intimidate or capture prey. It has a white, featureless head and appears to be wearing a dark suit. The Slender Man is associated with the forest and has the ability to teleport.
Do you see it?


Hmm... "very tall and thin with unnaturally long arms" it is "white" and "appears to be wearing a dark suit". It kinda sounds like a familiar face... well this one actually has a face.


The Slender Man was created in a contest launched on the Something Awful forums on June 8, 2009, with the goal of editing photographs to contain supernatural entities. On June 10, a forum poster with the user name "Victor Surge" contributed two black and white images of groups of children, to which he added a tall, thin spectral figure wearing a black suit Previous entries had consisted solely of photographs; however, Surge supplemented his submission with snatches of text, supposedly from witnesses, describing the abductions of the groups of children, and giving the character the name, "The Slender Man":
We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time… 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.
One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as “The Slender Man”. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence. 1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.
These additions effectively transformed the photographs into a work of fiction. Subsequent posters expanded upon the character, adding their own visual or textual contributions.

There is even a video that did a documentary on Slender Man, It's pretty creepy:


What I want to try to do is incorporate Slander Man in Shakesfeare. I will have him do the thing he does best in the woods. I think he would work perfectly with "A Midsummer Nightmare!"

Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Do You Like Shakespeare?

I asked some of my friends what was their favorite Shakespeare play/movie adaption and why? Here is what they said and I will be giving my own favorites and why hereafter:

Morgan H.- Julie Taymor's The Tempest. I love the character of Prospero portayed as a woman and I LOVE Helen Mirren. The special effects are very artistic and different from other fantasy films and the ensemble cast is perfect. A great mix of well-known, seasoned actors and new faces.

Andrew M.- David Tennant's "Hamlet". He took the play in an entirely new direction, while still being able to keep the audience in a comfortable place. I believe it to be the definitive Hamlet movie. 

Kol G. -I love the ShakespeaRe-told version of "The Taming of the Shrew." It is really hilarious and it feminizes a really misogynistic play. 

Nathan H.- Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of 'Hamlet.' He was fiercely loyal in keeping the play as is. Nobody had ever done a full Hamlet adaptation on screen before to my knowledge. So having the full script with the cinematography and the pageantry and the massive scale of the whole production... it is beautiful. 

Josh B.- 10 things I Hate About You comes to mind, but I think I'm in the mood for a comedy right now.

Hilary S.- Love me some Lear. It's a beautiful story of redemption, although I wonder if I've ever seen an adaptation/production that lives up to what I've built it inside my head. 

Rebecca P.- Richard III, because no matter what anyone says he is still a better villain than Othello.

--- Here are my favorite Shakespeare play/movie adaption and why ---

The Tempest- I liked the written play more than the movie. I think they could've done better and stayed close to the play more if they focused more on the forgiving theme that I think Shakespeare was trying to create. Plus I think Caliban would've been cooler if he was a cannibalistic sea monster, because when you read the script, Caliban was basically described as such.

ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew- It has a perfect modern adaption from the original play, plus the ending is a perfect description of what marriage between a man and a woman should be!

Hamlet- I didn't get the chance to see the play, but I saw the movie when I was in high school. My English teacher, at the time, was the one that got me into reading his works. My teacher had the students do a skit on all the deaths in Hamlet. I had a fun time doing that, because I loved the death scenes. I played Hamlet in my skit, and my fellow class members loved how I used a line from the movie Happy Gilmore for when I was going to kill Claudius(Hamlet's uncle), "You're gonna die Clown!"

10 Things I Hate About You- Is a perfect late 90's adaption of The Taming of the Shrew. I'm not going to lie, the movie also had some attractive actresses in the movie and had an amazing soundtrack. Plus it is one of the most quotable movie in my family table.

Much Ado About Nothing- The one with Keneth Branagh as Signor Benedick. It's my favorite Shakespeare Comedy--- especially the scene where he describes his bachelorhood. Fits me perfectly haha!

Richard III- I saw the BBC Youtube play. Richard III is a good bad guy--- if that makes sense. He is manipulative, power hungry and is "past feeling"! I also like the scene where he is being haunted by the people that he has killed.

Romeo & Juliet- I like the 1996 version more than the 1968 one. It is a great modern adaption from the play, but not only that, it has an awesome soundtrack that I enjoyed listening to when I was a kid.

Macbeth- I first saw the Orson Welles version and then I saw the ShakespeaRe-told version, and I enjoyed them equally.

Titus Andronicus- This is my favorite Shakespeare Tragedy! The play that the Utah Shakespeare Festival presented, was phenomenal! It fit with the time period, it was perfectly executed with not only the blood and gore, but developed a great story for sweet revenge. The play was so good, that it inspired me to get "Shakesfeare" up and running for an event. The movie however--- sucked!

I've seen a variety of plays and movie adaptions of Shakespeare plays, but the ones listed above are my favorite!
Over all, I honestly think that Shakespeare was ahead of his time with his language and story lines. I also think it's funny that we reference Shakespeare everyday, even though we don't even recognize it.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Shakesfeare Logo

With this first idea for the Shakesfeare logo, I wanted the 'f' to stand out, because that is the one letter that makes it different from the obvious original. I wanted the bottom of the 'f' to look like a knife. I also wanted to make the 'e' at the end to look like the side view of a human skull.
With this next one I used a different font. I added the spiderwebs on the "S"and the "a's". I was also thinking how it would look without the human skull, because some people didn't understand that the skull was suppose to look like an 'e'. But I wanted to keep the 'e' at the end to show that the name had a Shakespearean touch.
With this new idea, I wanted to find a font that said "creepy old English font". I decided to extend the end of the 'f' and add blood to the side so that it would still read "Shakesfeare". Instead of having the human skull in place of the 'e', I chose to keep it the same as all the other letters, so that the 'f' was the subtle grab of attention for the logo. I then added the tagline under the logo saying in blood: "Something Wicked This Way Comes!"

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

... The Other Guy's an Extra

You know how in scary movies when bad things start happening to the characters, the 'jock' or 'ringleader' suggests that they should 'spread out' to find out what's up, but in the end, most of them end up dead because of that poor choice? Safety in numbers my friend. Anyway, one of the scariest things to happen in a spook alley is if it is happening to the person next to you! So why not add an extra person to the crowd that will add more suspense to Shakesfeare.

Now with this idea, I want to introduce something new to this event. Obviously having scary characters in the event will make people afraid--- but what about having a random extra in the tour group be in danger while the tour is going? What I want to do is have an extra random person be in the tour group that appears to be normal to the others, but in reality the "extra" is part of the tour. What will happen is during the tour, the "extra" will be taken by one of the scary Shakesfearean  Characters. This will make the other people in the tour wonder what's going on and start to question if this is part of the tour or is it really happening. People normally tend to get shaken up when something unexpected happens to somebody that was apart of their group.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Shakesfearean Soundtrack

Not a lot of people know this, but the phrase "Something Wicked This Way Comes" came from the Shakespeare play Macbeth.


Over all I think this will be a perfect theme intro at the entrance, because it is based off of the Shakespeare play. 

Not only does this have creepy music in the background, but the pretty melodious voice beckons young children to an unknown place. Plus this song is from the movie Hocus Pocus. In that movie, one of the witches is putting all the children in a trance to follow her to their doom.

This would be perfect for background sounds or more preferably the tunnels.

Ok, creepy piano lullaby music! Enough said!


Another one!

And of course this one from NY's Sleep No More

ShakesFEARe FACTOR: To [Pee] or Not to [Pee]!

On Facebook I asked my followers what What was their greatest fear from Horror movies and Spook Alleys, and here are the results:

Lauren D.- The chainsaw at the end. I always know it's coming but I'm convinced that it's going to be some psycho killer that took out the fake guy and is using a real chainsaw prepared to murder everyone while they think it's part of the spook alley.
Also, any time they use anything that's a psych ward. Things that could potentially really happen scare me more than zombies or fictional things.
 Cody M.- Quickly escalating from safety to imminent doom.
 Mary E.- Crazy mumbling people in straight jackets or whatever. Freaks me out.
Jessica L.- When the killer chooses victims randomly based on them being in the wrong place at the wrong time, for some reason I'm less afraid of being specifically targeted based on gender, age, etc and more afraid of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Movie examples: The Hills Have Eyes, The Strangers. For some reason, the random targeting is what really freaks me out.
Kaela J.- I think the unknown is the scariest. As soon as I can see the monster or bad guy they become much less threatening.
Emily A.- People being possessed by demons....
Arianne B.-  I'm jumpy at anything, especially when I know the movie is scary to begin with. Thus, the reason I watch the whole movie between my fingers.
Jacob Y.- The suspense of knowing something is there but not being able to see it or react to it. Think Alfred Hitchcock.
Hayden H.- Extreme silence followed by extremely loud noise and music.
Jake H.- Neither.  I AM INVINCIBLE!
Joel E.-  Danny from The Shining talking to his imaginary friend Tony with his finger.
Maureen E.- The unexpected. Some scary scenes you can kind of see coming. In "Wait Until Dark", for me it is Richard Crenna leaping out unexpectedly at Audrey Hepburn in the kitchen after we supposed he was dead. In "Cape Fear", it is the same thing--- Robert Mitchum coming up out of the water and grabbing Gregory Peck --- after we think he is dead. The scary music is a "prelude" but still, it is unexpected as we "expect" that "we" (yes, us as the viewers) are feeling safe. I don't like gory and gruesome, but I do like a good scare!
Katie P.- When someone jumps out of nowhere! Gets me every time.
Over all, it was fun getting everybody's feedback of what their greatest fear was!  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Shakesfearean Characters (Visual Aid)

A scene from Django Unchained that reminded me of King Lear, when one of the characters gets his eye's plucked out. Pretty gruesome!

A scene from the movie The Monster Squad that got me the idea of what Caliban from The Tempest would look like. "My name is Horace!"

 A scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream with Nick Bottom transforming into a donkey.

 A scene from The Grudge. I want the same effect with Lavinia, but instead of a jaw-less girl with a tongue hanging out. It will be Lavinia without a tongue!   

 A scene from The Ring. I want Ophelia to have the same effect that The Ring Girl gad in this movie!

A scene from Zombieland. I want Yorick to be like the Zombie Clown. 
"It's time to nut-up or shut up!"

The scene from Richard III that inspired me to have ghosts!

A mix up from Romeo & Juliet and The Walking Dead episode. Juliet Comes back as a Walker!

A scene from Hamlet. I think Ophelia sing this song would be creepy!

Sleep No More

While I was emailing a variety of Shakespeare companies, I received over a handful of positive responses and possible working with a number of them. One of which from NY talked about a Halloween event called "Sleep No More". He told me that it was loosely based on the play Macbeth. I decided to look it up on Youtube and this is what I found:
After watching this, I thought this would be perfect for entertainment before getting spooked! People would be sitting in the theatre and watch a dance number while they're waiting to enter the dark basements of the theatre!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shakesfearean Characters

So far these are the main Shakesfearean Characters that will help in the main event! More are still on the way!

Zombie Shakespeare: The Host and Greeter for Shakesfeare!

Titus Andronicus: A blood thirsty cook!

Juliet: A presumed dead problem!

Nick Bottom: A transformed stubborn "Jackass"!

Puck: A mischievous hob goblin!

Hamlet: A vengeful killer gone rogue!

Lavinia: Hands off! She is a speechless dame!

Ophelia: A suicidal princess drowning her sorrows!

Lady Macbeth: There's blood on her hands!

Macbeth Witches: Hags with double the trouble!

Richard III: I have a hunch he's a sly dog!

Richard III Ghosts: A horde of Richard III's bloody past!

Yorick: A bone-chilling court jester back from the dead!

Ariel: A shape-shifting charmer!

Caliban: Half witch, half devil... all trouble!

Demetrius & Chiron: Defilers and murderers!

Julius Caesar: A stab in the dark!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

My Nightmare is Slowly Becoming a Dream!

During Spring Break 2013, I was following almost every Shakespeare Company I could find on Twitter. While doing so, I was emailing all the Art Directors and Managers and telling them about my idea for the event called "Shakesfeare"! Upon doing so, I've various compliments and the idea and even had responses saying that they would love to work with me!

Here are what some of the Shakespeare Companies have said regarding my idea:

"I'll bookmark your email for future reference..."

"I really like this idea and would like to chat more with you about it ... [I] would love to find a time, perhaps, in late April."

"Sounds like a great idea."

"Sounds like a cool idea ... send me a reminder in May, I'll forward it to our graduating members. There may be some interest."

"...your approach to Shakespeare plays is certainly novel."

"It sounds like this is exactly what you were trying to do by pulling the "fear" out of Shakespeare!  We have a tradition of putting on spooky Shakespeare plays around Halloween (and usually even a show at midnight on Halloween) where we don't shy away from gore, guts, or goblins!  It would be great to meet with you when you finish up the semester and see if there is anyway we could work together.  We are always looking for exciting people who are interested in joining our team and helping us spread our mutual love of the Bard's word."

Needless to say I had a very positive and effective Spring Break! I can't wait to meet these people!

Kill Will: Costume 1 & 2

When I was talking to Scott Philips about my idea with "Shakesfeare", we began talking about how else we could get money. We thought of costume contests!
When there's a movie premier that is popular in the pop culture, fans of a particular franchise want to dress up as their favorite characters.

Now you're probably wondering why I'm calling this idea "Kill Will: Costume 1 & 2". Well firstly "Will" is obviously short for "William". I also wanted  this phrase to transition from the movie "Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2".

When I thought of the phrase "Kill Will", I wanted to find a way for this phrase to work with my event. Then one of my favorite quotes from the movie "Dumb & Dumber" came to mind, "KILLer boots man!" With this quote in my mind,  when people see a 'cool' costume they normally say, "That costume is KILLing it!" With that being said, "Kill Will" will be a costume contest!

You're probably wondering, what's with the "Costume 1 & 2". Allow me to explain it to you. Same transition with "Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2".

When you walk into the event to pay for your ticket, if you have a Halloween costume, you can get in cheaper. In this adaption the "Costume 1" will refer to a normal Halloween costume, but it has to be a legitimate costume, you can't just ware a shirt that has a Batman sign on it, or say that you're an extra in a movie! That just won't fly for Costume 1!

"Costume 2" is the same thing, but in order for you to get in the event even cheaper, You have to dress either from the Shakespearean era or as a Shakespeare character from the play!

This will be perfect for people to get clever with their costumes! If they want to save money for this event, they will need to get to know Shakespeare plays even more!