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    Alan Fletcher as a Silver Fox – S2E8 “Making Of” featuring Alan Fletcher & Nadine Garner #ShakespeareSunday #WebSeries

    Come behind the scenes of Alan Fletcher’s episode as Jaques to see what happens on our only Sunday shoot (hint, we’re a little hysterical), how much fun a smoke machine is on set, how awesome both Alan Fletcher and Nadine Garner are to work with (as well as all our other cast and crew) and the emotional psychology behind the choices of some of the shots from Director, Sally McLean. Featuring Alan Fletcher, Nadine Garner, Falon Ryan, Billy Smedley, Jahran Schansemma and Troy Malcolm (Cast), Sally McLean, Shane Savage, Shaun Herbertson, Tim McCormick, Cassie de Colling, Jo Fletcher and Marg Woodlock-McLean (Crew). Filmed at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne by…

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    Hamlet does backer shoutouts on sugar high – S2E7 “Making Of” featuring Michala Banas #ShakespeareSunday #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode Seven, Season Two to see how we put together the episode. See how we got that drone shot, what happens when you give Michala and Sally too many lollies on set and then ask them to do shout outs to our Indiegogo backers (yes, the much awaited perk delivery for those backers is included in this ep), how well behaved Ruby the Super Pup was on set and how, despite this being one of our more serious episodes, behind-the-scenes was constant laughter and silliness. Featuring Michala Banas, Shane Savage & Ruby the Dog (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Bashir Towdiee, Billy Smedley, Tim…

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    Henry V does laser strike – S2E6 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Billy Smedley #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode Six, Season Two to see how we put together the episode. See how we turn the peaceful surrounds of Lord Somers Camp into a battleground, just how much effort we go to in pursuit of the perfect audio, meet lead actor, Billy Smedley’s actual laser strike team (they exist and their team name is awesome!), and see the difference between RED camera raw footage and the magic created after colour grading. Featuring Billy Smedley, Jamie Hannah, Ethan Jackson, Amjinder Mann and Jahran Schansemma (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Bashir Towdiee, Tim McCormick, Marg Woodlock-McLean and Falon Ryan (Crew) and Ahren Morris, Jamie Hannah,…

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    How do you make a crowd from 8 people? S2E5 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Wahibe Moussa #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode Five, Season Two to see how we put together the episode. See how you can turn a group of 7-8 people into a crowd of 20, hear a little about the philosophy behind the season and the way we interpret these monologues, see some of the deleted scenes of this ep and witness the on screen debut of acclaimed Australian Director, Richard Sarell in his role as “Petruchio”. Featuring Wahibe Moussa, Richard Sarell, Jessica Martin, Taylah McLean, Sarah Penn and Marissa Tunks (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Bashir Towdiee, Billy Smedley, Tim McCormick, Paulie King, Taryn Gionis, Joel Gionis and Falon Ryan. Filmed…

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    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E4 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Nadine Garner #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode Four, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. In this video, we see how seriously Nadine takes making her fake whiskey for the ep, how we worked with the transformation of Nadine into a man, then into a woman again on set and the usual fun and games that go on among our cast and crew. Featuring Nadine Garner (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Cam Green, Billy Smedley, Tim McCormick, Shane Savage and Perri Cummings. Filmed at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne by Billy Smedley,…

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    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E3 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Christopher Kirby #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode Three, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. Featuring Christopher Kirby, Faran Martin and Vuyo Loko (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Cam Green, Billy Smedley, Abramo Peghini, Paulie King, Marg Woodlock-McLean, Taylah McLean and all our fabulous Additional Artists: Katrina Climie, Lyonel Draper, Robert Jackson, Pankaj Kashyap, Stephen Moore, Daniel Oakley, Jordanka Petkoff, Pauline Sherry, Vivian Smedley and Stephen Wyley. Filmed at St Catherine’s School, Toorak by Billy Smedley, Sally McLean and Taylah McLean.

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    Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard – S2E1 Behind-The-Scenes featuring Stephen Costan #Shakespeare #WebSeries

    Step behind the scenes of Episode One, Season Two to see how we put together the episode and get a taste of the fun and games of making an independent web series. Here we show you how to build a feast in an Elizabethan-style hall with a despot and his two security guards – on a very limited budget!  Huge thanks to Lord Somers Camp, where this was filmed for their amazing support and for making it possible for us to film in their wonderful venue. Featuring Stephen Costan (Cast) with Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Bashir Towdiee, Billy Smedley, Abramo Peghini, Marg Woodlock-McLean, Phoebe Anne Taylor. Filmed at Lord Somers…

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    “Shall I compare thee to a Summer’s day?” … the making of Episode Six – Sally McLean as Billie (Sonnet 18)

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Sally McLean’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. Choreographed production conversations (seriously, Sally and Shaun were seriously in synch a few times – they nearly do accidental jazz hands.  No, really!), the joys of filming outdoors in 25 kph winds and the bittersweet feeling knowing this is the last Shakespeare Republic episode for the moment – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Billy Smedley Featuring: Shaun Herbertson, Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, Tim McCormick…

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    “Who ever lov’d that lov’d not at first sight?” … the making of Episode Five – Michala Banas as Phebe

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Michala Banas’ episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The danger of letting your Director of Photography get in front of the camera, the fondness Michala seemed to have found for the “bird” and the general silliness a night shoot can bring out in an over-tired cast and crew – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Sally McLean Additional Footage: James Dene Featuring: Michala Banas, James Dene, Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, Tim McCormick, Perri…

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    “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? … The Making Of Episode Four: Ben Steel as Juliet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Ben Steel’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. A slightly more compact behind the scenes video this week, showing the drawbacks of working with animals (even if you weren’t supposed to be) and the joys of filming in yet another bathroom, among other visuals make up this rather smooth sailing version of what went on behind the scenes in episode four. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Sally McLean Featuring: Ben Steel, Sally McLean, Shaun Herbertson, Tim McCormick Edited by Sally McLean Produced by Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy…

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    “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” … the making of Episode Three – Billy Smedley as Hamlet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Billy Smedley’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The need for crew to multitask when there are only a handful on set, malfunctioning props and some rather appropriate graffiti spotted on the other side of the road from where we were filming (which will hugely appeal to any gamers out there … Skyrim, anyone?) – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script. Behind The Scenes Director of Photography: Sally McLean Featuring: Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, James Dene, Tim McCormick, Perri Cummings…

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    “Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t” … the making of Episode Two – Rowena Hutson as Hamlet

    Join us for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Rowena Hutson’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. The challenges of working with water and electrical equipment, the intricacies of bubble bath wrangling and our Director of Photography’s realisation that Shakespeare is still being quoted, albeit unconsciously – all this and more in this behind the scenes look at what goes on off camera and off script.  Special shout out to the newest member of the team, Charlie Johnston, for his brilliant behind-the-scenes filming work and Samantha Barrett Brown for allowing us to take over her bathroom AND taking…

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    “Be bloody, bold and resolute” … the making of Episode One – Alan Fletcher as Macbeth

    Join us in this video for a peek behind the curtain as we show you some behind the scenes fun and games from Alan Fletcher’s episode for Season One of Shakespeare Republic. Crew quoting Shakespeare, our Director officially being named “Chief Govt. Whip” and Alan giving Will Shakespeare some heartfelt advice – all this and more in this tongue-in-cheek look at what goes on off camera and off script. Director of Photography: Ben Steel Featuring: Alan Fletcher, Sally McLean, Dan Evans, Tim McCormick, James Dene, Billy Smedley, Chris Farrell Edited by: Sally McLean Music by: Silent Partner Produced by Sally McLean, Perri Cummings & Billy Smedley Don’t forget to tune…

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    VIDEO: Behind The Scenes: How To Clear A Set In 15 Mins, or That’s A Wrap For Ep 3!

    Today we bring you a fun short clip from our most recent shoot at The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne, featuring Director, Sally McLean, Director of Photography, James Dene, Sound Recordist, Tim McCormick and Ensemble member, Billy Smedley – showing how team work can clear a set in 15 minutes – shown in under 1 minute, due to the wonder of time lapse photography. Enjoy! Camera: Sally McLean Music: Kevin MacLeod Featuring: Billy Smedley, Sally McLean, James Dene & Tim McCormick With thanks to: The Courthouse Hotel, North Melbourne (http://www.courthouseonerrol.com.au)

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    VIDEO: Cast Interviews: Shakespeare In Three Words

    We asked the ensemble of Shakespeare Republic to describe what Shakespeare means to them in three words. Their answers were honest, inspiring and surprising – and all different. So what does Shakespeare mean to you?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. To ensure you don’t miss anything, feel free to sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or subscribe to our Youtube channel. Shakespeare Republic … all the world’s a stage!

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    VIDEO: Cast Interviews: What Was Your First Encounter With Shakespeare?

    We sat down with the ensemble of Shakespeare Republic to hear their responses to the question: “What was your first encounter with Shakespeare?”.  Their answers range from the insightful to the surprising with a few laughs thrown in for good measure, which we think many will relate to. And it got us thinking – how did you first encounter Shakespeare?  How did you feel about that encounter?  What were your first impressions?  Did that change?  We’d love to hear from you about how you first met the Bard, so feel free to leave your comments below to become part of the conversation and share your story of your first Shakespeare encounter. To…

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    VIDEO: Behind The Scenes: What Is Shakespeare Republic?

    When Shakespeare Republic Director, Sally McLean, first floated the idea of putting together a series that explored Shakespeare from an actor’s perspective through performance, with a few yet-to-be-revealed twists, little did she know that a few short months later she would be laughing herself silly on the banks of the Yarra with friends and fellow collaborators, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Rowena Hutson, Billy Smedley and Ben Steel, plus getting to work again with friend and Director of Photography for her earlier films, Yanni Dellaportas.  And if she had known, she would have thought of the idea a LOT sooner! Luckily we thought to bring a few cameras along on the day…

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