“Will”

Date: 2011
Posted by: Will Goss
Cast: Will Goss
Credits: Directed by Will Goss, painting by Dexter Dalwood, music by Nirvana
Duration: 2.32

This is a striking video interpretation of Shakespeare’s sonnet no. 135, “Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will” i.e. the one with all the ‘will’ puns. The punning is all the more since the filmmaker is another Will, Will Goss, who describes himself as “an experimental videomaker, musician, and writer”, and a graudate student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The video places Will as he recites the sonnet within a series of gaudy paintings of interiors, with a cut-out quality that echoes the collage work of Richard Hamilton. Possibly Shakespeare’s words become a little lost in the visual detail, but this is nevertheless witty, confident and original, correctly bending Shakespeare to the filmmaker’s own design – his will, in fact.

Links:
Vimeo page
Will Goss’ personal website