Shakespeare video contest winners announced

A short video about a man's conversation with his subconscious about love clinched first place in the Daily Tidings/Mail Tribune Shakespeare Scenes video contest.

"I Love You More Than Words," written by and starring Andrew Tevis and directed by Robert Thomas Preston, won the hearts of the contest's judges.

"Those involved in this entry certainly went to great lengths to capture the passion and romance of the language with special effects and editing that was quite impressive," said judge Rick Cornelius, Shakespeare and English teacher at Ashland High School.

Tevis, of Central Point, said he came up with the idea while looking over the directions for the contest.

"I was thinking, instead of doing a reenactment, can I combine it with my own thoughts and Shakespeare's thoughts in general?" he said.

The filmmakers will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Second place went to "Shakespeare and the Bluesman," written and directed by Karen Llewellyn, of Ashland. The video depicts William Shakespeare lost on a spiritual highway, where he runs into two musical apparitions along the way.

Judges appreciated the clever dialogue and premise. Llewellyn, who said she wanted to thank her cast and crew, received a $30 gift certificate to the Tudor Guild for her entry.

The video "Say My Name," submitted by Sabrina Skoog of Ashland, took third place. The video shows Skoog's 11-year-old son Jackson dressed in Shakespeare garb, waxing about his literary contributions. Judges thought the idea was clever and thought Jackson emulated the Bard's spirit well. Skoog will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Tudor Guild.

The Taming of the Shrew: Act II Scene 1 walked away with the people's choice award, garnering 30 votes online. Submitted by Brianna Gowland of North Medford High School, the video shows a scene in which Petruchio tries to win Katherina's heart.

The skit won an award for duo comedic acting at a regional high school acting competition. The People's Choice Award winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Tudor Guild in Ashland.

The video contest, which ran from June 7 to Aug. 24, received five entries. Entrants were tasked with creating videos of up to five minutes in length as tributes to William Shakespeare, either by acting out a scene, or writing an original piece.

— Ryan Pfeil

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