MONOLOGUE is a collaboration between actor and camera.
Music By: Jesse Wilson
Location: The Church of St. Luke and St Matthew, Brooklyn, NY
Weather: 80 degrees °F with 0 MPH winds - Uneven Floor
Lighting: Overhead Diffused Daylight - Cloudy - 4 PM - June
Take Selected: Seven of Ten
Equipment: Sony FS700 using Auto Focus, SmallHD AC7, Glidecam X-22, Sennheiser Lav all hauled with Tenba bags.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest was actually working within this amazing and unique location because the floor uneven. The Church of St Luke and St Matthew's was burned by a random act of violence in December of 2012. There is a massive reconstruction effort on the way within the church and the wooden boards that you see in this video are 50 feet above the actual alter.
A big thank you to the Church of The Church of St Luke and St Matthew's of Brooklyn, NY for providing an amazing location for this Monologue.
It was a pleasure working with Anthony on this shoot. His beautiful performances made it very difficult to select one take over the next.
Music Composition: Jesse Wilson
Act 1. SCENE II. The Earl of Gloucester's castle from King Lear
Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law
My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom, and permit
The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moon-shines
Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base?
When my dimensions are as well compact,
My mind as generous, and my shape as true,
As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us
With base? with baseness? bastardy? base, base?
Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take
More composition and fierce quality
Than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed,
Go to the creating a whole tribe of fops,
Got 'tween asleep and wake? Well, then,
Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land:
Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund
As to the legitimate: fine word,--legitimate!
Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed,
And my invention thrive, Edmund the base
Shall top the legitimate. I grow; I prosper:
Now, gods, stand up for bastards!
About the Project:
MONOLOGUE showcases the skill of a single actor performing one continuous steadicam shot on location in NYC operated by Richard Patterson. The performance can be the reinvention of a soliloquy from a play or film, or a completely original piece. The length of the performance must be a minimum of one minute. The scene will be blocked out the day of the shoot at the location.