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On 29, Oct 2008 | In | By Matthew Lemmond

Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus is a play with “14 killings, 9 of them on stage, six severed members, one live burial, 1 case of insanity and 1 of cannibalism–an average of 5.2 atrocities per act, or one for every 97 lines.” The play ends with Titus killing his enemy’s children, baking them in a pie, and serving the pie to his enemy, then announcing it to the enemy.

I wanted to build the open sequence around the seemingly innocent act of baking a meat pie juxtaposed with the quick and reckless manner in which it is prepared. I didn’t want the viewer to know exactly what was going on, so I made the cuts quick, the camera angles close, and I included images of dripping blood laid over the shot. I selected Four Tet’s “No More Mosquitoes” for the music because it seemed to share the juxtaposition of innocence and creepiness. All the typography was created by hand.