Trailer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The backstory

Chris Abraham’s 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was full of the unexpected – pop songs, two male actors alternately playing Titania and Oberon, and even a gay wedding. It was loud and it was colourful, and it was also quite polarizing. Audiences either loved it or hated it. I fell into the first category.

I began the process of creating the trailer by attending a dress rehearsal of the play, which was filmed by Suede Productions using a multi-camera set-up. Once I received the hard drives from Suede I only had several days to review all of the footage and edit it into a 30-second spot. Once that was finished, another 30-second version was created that included review quotes, as well as a 15-second version specifically for Facebook.

After spending that much time with the footage, one would think I’d be tired of seeing A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However, I returned to watch the play from the audience several more times that summer – including once from the “gutter seats” right next to the stage. Some of my mobile pics are below – I couldn’t resist snapping a few photographs of the gorgeous set and lights hanging above the main stage as we waited with the actors for the play to officially begin.

Project: Trailer: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Client: Stratford Festival

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