Macbeth

We are very pleased to officially announce the very first large scale partnership between VCUarts Cinema and the local industry.

VCUarts, with the support of the Virginia Film Office and Virginia Film Commission, is producing a student-crewed feature length 35mm film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The project is written and directed by Angus Macfadyen (Turn, Braveheart), who takes on the titular role, alongside Taylor Roberts (Turn, Mona Lisa Smile), Kevin McNally (Turn, Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean), and Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Matrix 2 & 3, Titus), to name a few.

“VCUarts Cinema is the only undergraduate cinema program in the U.S. shooting a feature film with professional actors on 35mm motion picture film, this is an incredible opportunity for our students,” says Dr. Rob Tregenza.

Under the guidance of faculty members and industry professionals (including costume designer Isabela Tavares, DP Arthur Eng, casting director Anne Chapman, to name a few), Cinema students get direct hands on experience in all areas of production. Additional contributions are being made by the VCUarts student body; sculpture students are creating life-like severed head replicas for props, the music department is recording the score, and theatre students are jumping on board as supporting cast members.

Macbeth is currently being shot in and around Richmond on 35mm cameras. Principal photography is set to wrap in mid-February, at which point the film will enter post-production in anticipation of festival engagements in the second half of 2015.


Crew

Written and directed by Angus Macfadyen (Turn, Braveheart), who takes on the titular role, alongside Taylor Roberts (Turn, Mona Lisa Smile), Kevin McNally (Turn, Downton Abbey, Pirates of the Caribbean), and Harry Lennix (The Blacklist, The Matrix 2 & 3, Titus), to name a few.