The 360 video is best viewed using a VR headset, such as the Google Pixel phone with Google Cardboard or Daydream View.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Companyhas taken Shakespeare’s most iconic play to meet the cutting edge of immersive storytelling in Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, embracing the immersive power of VR to plunge viewers into Hamlet’s harrowing journey. This cinematic 360-degree adaptation explores new dimensions of the medium by casting the viewer as the Ghost of Hamlet’s dead father. Giving them this role as an omniscient observer, guide and participant, lends viewers a sense of agency and urgency throughout the 60-minute experience.
CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler spearheaded this effort with producers Graham Sack and Quentin Little, technical directors and cinematographers Matthew Niederhauser and John Fitzgerald, and costume and production designer Clint Ramos. A brilliant cast of actors, as comfortable on stage as they are on screen, deliver powerful performances that bring the play forward to today, making it both current and timeless.
You can also view the experience on the WGBH You Tube channel. Check out some images below from the set.
Adapted & Directed by Steven Maler
Produced by Graham Sack & Quentin Little
Production & Cinematography by Sensorium
Costume & Production Design by Clint Ramos
Music & Sound Design by Bruce Odland
Technical Direction by Matthew Niederhauser & John Fitzgerald
Post Production Sound by SilVR
Visual Effects by The Molecule
Jack Cutmore-Scott as Hamlet
Faran Tahir as Claudius
Brooke Adams as Queen Gertrude
Jacob Fishel as Horatio
Mark Torres as Polonius
Flora Diaz as Ophelia
Desean Kevin Terryas Laertes
Lee Wilkof as the Gravedigger
Scott Barrowas Player King/Gravedigger
Alex Schneps as Gravedigger
Jay O. Sanders as the Ghost
Anthony Rapp as Lucianus
Additional support for this project is provided by Christy Cashman, Morwin Schmookler, Kerry Healey, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, and Babson College.