Me and Orson Welles
Posted on 2 March 2011
A FilmEducation DVD - Me and Orson Welles - to which Professor Mike Cordner contributed extensive interview material - has won the "Learning on Screen" awards from the British Universities Film and Video Council.
The DVD is a study aid for the movie Me and Orson Welles, a fictionalised account of Orson Welles’ production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in New York in 1937. Although based on actual events, the film links two separate stories – a love story involving fictional character Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) and the actual staging of the play.
The FilmEducation DVD aims to:
- look at both the construction of the film itself from the point of view of narrative and themes
- consider the importance of Shakespeare as a cultural icon
- consider the approaches to a drama text that both film and theatre directors can take and how these decisions might affect the presentation of the text on both the stage and on screen
- show how performers, designers and directors communicate meaning to an audience
- develop an understanding of how a play relates to its historical, social and cultural context
- look at the connections between theory and practice demonstrated through a range of forms, genres and performance styles
- examine the directorial overview required in the interpretation and realisation of a theatrical performance
- explore performance and/or production skills appropriate to the creation and realisation of drama and theatre
- develop the ability of students to think independently, make judgements and refine their work in the light of research
- develop the ability to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create both film and theatre.