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Functions of Music in Film

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Michelle Higham

on 11 December 2017

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CREDITS
an obvious use of music in film (as there are words on the screen)
sets the mood for the type of film - action, drama, horror, romance, comedy etc.
the end credits these days can often be a popular song not featured in the film, but used in trailers to promote it
MOOD and ATMOSPHERE
allows the audience to understand how
everyone
in the scene is feeling or the general mood of the occasion
camera will look at everyone (not focus on one person)
DRAMATIC EFFECT
SENSE OF LOCALE
can give a sense of the time or place in which the film or a particular scene is set
can involve music from a particular time period, genre or culture
CHARACTER
EMOTIONS or IDENTIFICATION
a small theme (or motif) can be associated with a particular character and may identify them as being a 'hero' or 'villain' (eg. Jaws theme)
The Function of Music in Film
PACE AND ACTION
generally a chase/running scene or a fight scene
the music will reflect the movement on the screen
FORESHADOWING
can create contrast or highlight something in the scene
can sometimes be a 'ta-dah' moment or involve the use of tension in the music
camera will often pan out
helps the audience connect with the emotions of the character without any dialogue
the camera will focus on one character (unlike mood and atmosphere that looks at everyone in the scene)
the music uses tension when suggesting that something is about to happen
the climax will result in a scream, crash, silence etc. unlike dramatic effect tension where there is no release, the music continues
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