The music of movies
SINCE the beginning of motion pictures, music has played an essential role in film-making and today the music of movies is still one of the most important aspects.
Movies use music to help tell the story, shape the characters, support feelings like sadness, joy, tension, danger, and give locations and time a specific quality.
Whether it is a drama, comedy, horror or romance, music is used in various ways in movies to complement the different scenes and serves as a powerful guide as to how the viewer should feel about what is happening on the screen.
A movie may be accompanied by an underscore, a pre-existing hit or a theme song written specifically for the film.
Composers and musicians play a vital role in the filmmaking process, making music that highlights the movie and makes a long lasting connection with the viewers.
What’s in a song?
★ The underscore is the majority of the music used in the film. It’s the background music used during scenes, under dialogue. Different combinations of instruments, ranging from a full orchestra, a small chamber group, a soloist, to rock bands, to jazz combos, world music influences, vocalists, choirs and even electronic, computer generated music may be used.
★ Pre-existing hit songs are often used because the director feel they will set the perfect mood for the different shots. Carefully selected, well known songs can grab the attention of the viewer and generate income through soundtrack albums and singles. Film producers must obtain permission from the music publisher to use the song in the movie.
★ Songs specifically written for a film often includes lines about the characters or plot of the film or is written to convey a message during the film. Before they start writing, the composer is given a description of the film as well as what the song will be about as well as where the song will be in the film.