The Sonnet Project (2013– )

Sonnet #153 (22 Oct. 2018)

TV Episode   |  Comedy, Drama, History

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22 September 2019 | bob the moo
1.129: Sonnet #153: Pretty straightforward but does the job
This very ambitious project has had its ups and downs over the many years, and still it continues even though the rate of production is way down - it never really took off online as they might have hoped, but it is still a very good project and credit to them for not letting it drop even as it is harder than before.

In that context it is worth noting that episode 129, which is sonnet 153 is solid enough while also showing the weaker aspects of the series. In terms of delivery, the location is a fountain because the sonnet talks about one, and essentially the actress sits around and in the fountain while the voiceover delivers the text. There are some looks and delivery tones which suggest a link to the text but mostly it is delivery directly, which is okay but doesn't stand out in a series that often tried to make the sonnet come alive and be more accessible by virtue of making them a film. This is okay, but it is essentially a reading.

Technically the film looks good, and has good shots around the distinctive fountain. The ADR is okay but has one dodgy moment and sounds too detached from the visuals - I would have preferred just to keep it a voiceover. In all it is an okay but straightforward addition to the series. Side note on this one is that is not listed on the official page or YouTube channel of the project but is on the Vimeo page (which itself doesn't have all the films that the other two do); not particularly interesting perhaps but another sign that the project is not quite as focused and resourced as it once was - although again, to their credit for keeping it going despite this.

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