Friday, 3 February 2012

Sometimes the frontman isn't the genius

I watched Anonymous last night and if you are not familiar with the story it is the story that suggests that Shakespeare didn't write most of the plays. If you are not familiar with the authorship debate on shakespeare I suggest going to wikipedia and reading it, it is a very good read.

For those of you who do not want to go to wikipedia I am going to sum up the debate. Basically, there is a person who allegedly wrote most of the plays. This person is Edward de Vere or the 17th Earl of Oxford. There are many parallels to de Vere's life in the plays as well as very sensitive information only people in the nobility could poses. On top of that it is suggested that somebody in the nobility would have the time and the education to actually write the masterpieces. On a personal note, I do think de Vere wrote some of the plays it makes sense for so many reasons. Im not writing this to debate the authorship debate I am writing this to talk about production

If you haven't seen this article on Cracked.com you should take a chance to read it.

http://www.cracked.com/article_19576_6-pop-culture-visionaries-who-get-too-much-credit.html

To sum it up it says that most of the people that are in the frontman roll don't necessarily deserve all of the credit.

Often times I come with an idea and when I tell somebody and the next words out of their mouth make the idea way better. So the creator has the initial idea spark and the next people add the magic to the idea. I guess you should find out which kind of person you are the creator of the facilitator. These people are symbiotic and equally important.

Now, de Vere had other issues such as reputation and politics that he had to be concerned about. But when you think about it Shakespeare is the perfect frontman for the plays. He is a commoner and he can relate to them much better than nobility can. One of the biggest arguments against de Vere is that plays kept resurfacing after his death. Naturally, he could have written more plays and just gave them to Shakespeare to set to stage.

My favorite part of this story is that at the end of Shakespeare's life he became a grain merchant. Any creative person will tell you that if you have time or money you would be writing and producing. The last thing you would be doing is selling grain.

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