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Film Music

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joanna rodriguez

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of Film Music

Film Music
History of
Film Music
- Earliest films consisted of moving pictures with no sound
- Music was provided to cover up the noise the movie projector produced
- Later used to explain the action occurring
- Was initially improvised by the musician on the piano or organ
- Eventually was supplied on cue sheets and made it to fit action in film
History of Film Music Cont'd
Famous Movie Character Theme Songs
- Today, people are more aware of how important music is in films.
- There are famous pieces that people can recognize (Ex, Indiana Jones theme, Mission Impossible theme, and the Pink Panther theme)
- There are also famous movie composers:
- John Williams - Jaws, Star Wars and more.
- Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Man of Steel and more.
- Alan Menken - Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and more.
- Alan Silvestri - Back to the Future, The Avengers, and more.
Darth Vader
- History
- Film Music Today
- Horror
- Comedy
- Action
-- changed film music in big ways
-- composed music for classic movies like Vertigo, Citizen Kane, Psycho and more.
-- found ways to mix instruments, that couldn't normally be mixed, by "close-micing"
- reintroduced serialism in a stealthy way
Film Music Today
Horror Film Music
Action Film Music
- Combination of orchestra and electronic music
- Composers: Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard
Action Scenes
- The main action theme: Molossus
-- received great reviews: "Once this track starts, it never quits."
-- used during the Tumbler chase
Action Film Music
- The composers worked together on creating separate themes to go with Bruce/Batman personalities
- Dark and eerie
-- perfect to indicate fear
-- used for Batman's first appearance
- Softer, melancholy
-- tender and emotional
-- used for various Bruce scenes
Action Film Music
Batman Begins
Batman Begins
- 2007 science fiction action film
- Composer: Steve Jablonksy
- Orchestral music
- The score wasn't originally released until after an online petition
Horror Film Music
Horror Film Music
Comedy Film Music
Comedy Film Music
Comedy Film Music

The Wedding Singer
- The first original score for a film was composed in 1916 for the film The Fall of a Nation.
- In 1934, recognizing the importance of film music, awards were given.
Bernard Herrmann
- a 1998 romantic comedy
- contains a number of songs from the 80's
-- Most of them were from scenes of singing at the weddings
-- The opening song: "You Spin Me Like a Record" by Dead or Alive
-- "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Culture Club
- some songs were used to add to the scene to show the emotions of the characters and comedic reasons.
-- "Love Stinks" by J. Geils Band was sung by the protagonist after he gets his heart broken
-- "Grow Old With You" by Adam Sandler

The Wedding Singer
50 First Dates
- 2004 romantic comedy
- most of the songs consisted of a Hawaiian and romantic theme
- the important songs in the film:
-- Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
-- Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys
- a 1996 American slasher film
- scored by Marco Beltrami; "one of the most intriguing horror scores composed in years
-- Beltrami was asked to score the opening thirteen minutes of the film
-- He was hired to score the rest of the film
-- He scored themes for different characters
- Dewey's Theme
- Sidney's Lament
- Tatum's Torture
Bruce Wayne

Arrival to Earth
- used for the Autobots arrival
- consists of a choir joining the grand sections of the piece
-- gave the track a more human side
Optimus vs Megatron
- used for the final battle between Optimus and Megatron
- drums are more present in this track for intensity purposes
- 1978 slasher horror film
- Directed and scored by John Carpenter
- the moody musical score made the film successful
- The main theme of the film sounds simple, but it is said to be " one of its strongest assets."
-- does a fantastic inducing fear in the audience
The Exorcist
- 1973 supernatural horror film
- the theme song was Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.
- the rest of the music for the film was selected by director from various artists
-- Anton Webern
-- Jack Nitzshe
Film music can:
- make the audience feel different emotions (fear, happiness, etc.)
- set the mood for the film
- let the audience know what the characters feel
- make the audience feel included
Joanna Rodriguez
Robert Benavidez
Evelyn Losoya
Kristil Recio

- 2005 superhero action film
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