October 4, 2015
This week I’m sharing my process for writing music, along with some ideas about the way music affects the emotion of a scene.
Music doesn’t control the emotion of a scene. But it can support the emotion, or take the mood in a different direction. Like most filmmaking aspects, music is most effective when used in conjunction with the other parts.
So, how can we use music creatively?
THIS WEEK’S DSLR GUIDE:
JURASSIC PARK MUSIC:
Most of this clip doesn’t have dialog, and it gave composer John Williams a real chance to express a lot with the music. The majesty & scale of the music definitely helps us understand how much of big deal this park is. The music reflects the awe of the massive waterfall. (Apologies for the awful sound quality):
In this clip the music definitely takes a back seat, but is a great example of music that supports the visuals & sound. The cinematography, acting, and concept hold most of the emotion, and the music helps punctuate key moments both rhythmically and emotionally.
SOCIAL MEDIA ROUNDUP:
lyrics are the storyline, melody is the visuals, harmony is the sound
— Simon Cade (@DSLRguidance) September 26, 2015
Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.