By its very nature, a work written for the stage uses an artificiality that requires a suspension of disbelief by the audience. By its very nature, the film medium can place a drama in a real world. Ironically, filming a stage play as it would be presented to live audiences in a theater, acerbates its artificiality and can result in a static or “dead” quality to the film.
Wisely, producers who capture material originally written as a stage play make adjustments to fit it to the film medium, such as filming it on location. Movies made on location are costly and schedules are constantly subject to change and many other time problems and issues.
The consequence is that, high quality plays, with no production history, written by an unknown author, stand little chance of being considered as the basis for a film, thereby depriving audiences of voices that should be heard. StageWright Films proposes to take the heart of the play, the story told thru its characters and dialogue, and move it into an amorphous world where there are no boundaries. Namely the sound stage. We then add high caliber actors. We place the action and camera on a skeletal set with a limbo background. And with the aid of theatrical techniques and unique staging we will place time and locale in a minimal and abstract way that supports the theme and personality of the piece. We then trust the viewer’s imagination to do the rest. The concept allows us to preserve the works of our best writers, works that might otherwise, never be seen.