acquired marketable skill

nile84

Senior Member
Persian
Hello

What does the underlined phrase mean?

... they’d video each scene and then edit it digitally, allowing Felix to check off “acquired marketable skill” on the numerous forms where checking-off was
required.
[Felix is the director of the play.]

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Please give us a little more context, nile84. Where is the play taking place? Who are the actors? Where did the "forms" come from?
     

    nile84

    Senior Member
    Persian
    The play is taking place in a prison, in a correctional institute in fact.
    Felix is an artistic director assigned to work with prisoners. He decides to choose Shakespeare's plays as the course material. So the prisoners are the actors.

    This is the whole paragraph:
    Then they’d perform the play, scene by scene. They couldn’t present it to a live audience: administration was leery of gathering the whole prison population in one place for fear of riots, and anyway there was no auditorium that was big enough. So they’d video each scene and then edit it digitally, allowing Felix to check off “acquired marketable skill” on the numerous forms where checking-off was required. Also, making a video meant that no actor need be embarrassed in case he fluffed a line: they could do retakes.
     
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