DID YOU HEAR THAT

The Following film will examine how various movies such as “Jaws”, “Star Wars”, and “her” use music to help guide, direct and enhance movies. When watching movies, the experience is not just a visual, but is it also an audacious. Watch my very first film “Did You Hear That” and you’ll never listen to a film the same way again.

 

Weekly Update 4-23-2015

Now that I have a finalized script, I have a clear vision of how I would like my film to be. After receiving feedback from the class, I now feel more equipped to finish the editing stage of my film. As of now, all that is left to be done is completing the first draft of the film and finding a background song that doesnt interfere with the over film presentation. As mentioned earlier, my computer did experience a crash, so I now have to begin reclipping scenes, however I has a small clip uploaded to youtube that I will use a formula to help facilitate the process of recreating what was already done.

4-16 Weekly update

Today I have finally finished my script and also began to narrow down the movies that I will be using in my film. The movies I will be using is: “Her”, “Jaws”, “M”, “Pyscho” , “Starwars”,  and she wore a yellow ribbon. As of now all I have to do is the rip the movie clip and record my voice over. I will record the voice over as I find the clips as to make to facilitate the editing process. Below you will find an update of my script.

DID YOU HEAR THAT

Usage of Sound in FIlm

While we certainly experience film through our eyes, we just as surely experience it through our ears.

Films are generally fantasies. And fantasies by definition defy logic and reality. They conspire with the imagination to stimulate the unconscious mind.

Music works well with film because it is an ally of illusion. Music preys on our emotions

The listener does not need to know what the music means, only how it makes him feel.

The onscreen action, of course, also provides clues and cues as to how the accompanying music makes us feel

Throughout the course of this film I will attempt to demonstrate how music in film achieves the following points;

  1. Communicates elements of the setting

Place Where does the story take place?

Time When does the story take place?

Environment How would you describe the place? What are the habitat and weather like? What plants, animals and other objects are in the place?

  1. Underlines the psychological states of characters

Traditionally, in psychology, the term “character” has been used to refer to a collection of behavioral traits

And finally

  1. Establishes an overall emotional tone or mood or a film or scene

Tone and mood both deal with the emotions centered around a production.

So lets begin

Music Communicates elements of the setting in Film

Music tells the audience the period in which the action is set. But for the most part, what we identify as cultural music (French, Indian, American) was originally arbitrary.

Over time and with composers drawing inspiration from early 1940’s composers, audiences have become conditioned to associate certain music or musical styles with certain backgrounds and peoples, regardless of whether the music is authentic in terms of time, place, and ethnicity.

For example, in the western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), the background music suddenly takes on a tympani beat as White men are relaxing over dinner out on the trail.

This tells us that the Indians are on the warpath, even before the camera shows the smoke signals on a distant hilltop.

Using authentic tribal music would probably have no predictable effect at all

Take a listen…. [Insert authentic tribal music over the same scene]

Are the Indians still coming?

Lets move on

Music demonstrates the psychological states of characters

The psychology of experiencing film has inescapably impacted the filmmaker’s execution in editing and synthesizing a final film product.

As music theorist, Noel Carroll , notes,

“music and visual tracks exist in a kind of complementary relation.”

Music acts like a linguistic modifier, helping to clarify the particular mood, character, or emotional significance of a scene or visual action.

This scene from the movie her shows the main character theodore starring out into the world, I will change the background music, to demonstrate how music is a determinate in as to how an audience determines how a character is feeling.

Happy Music [insert happy music] [her movieclip]

Sad Music [insert sad music]

Happy Music {insert Happy music

Sad Music [insert happy music]

See how that works?

Music creates mood.

Over time we have learned to connect pieces of music with emotional events.

Which brings me to my next point

Music directs the overall emotional tone or mood of a film or scene

Music has a direct connection to the emotional tone or mood of a film or scene. And, perhaps some connections are innate.

Jaws (1975), “M”(1931), and Psycho (1960) all provide the audience with vivid, chilling classically conditioned associations. Respectively, their sheer pitch and melodic lines instill fear in an audience

Music can be a subtle tool with which to manipulate the audience or it can dominate a film.

Any Star Wars Fans in the audience on this fine evening?

John Williams composed the musical scores for all the Star Wars films. The music for the films is especially distinctive, as it has been known to paint musical pictures of the emotional aspect of the scene. It is almost as if the film takes your emotions and uses the score of the film as a canvas to draw them out on the screen.

‘‘Williams’s invaluable contribution to the double-trilogy stands as an unsurpassed feat in the history of film scoring in terms of breadth, thematic-development and cultural impact.’’ –Unanimous Wookepidea fan (Starwars fan cite)

In my opinion, much of the trilogy’s success relies not on advanced visual effects, but on the simple, direct emotional appeal of its plot, characters, and, most importantly, music.

So the next time you watch a film don’t just watch whats happening, but listen. You never know what kind of sounds you might hear.

April 9, 2015- Progress

Today I finished a rough drafts of my script and found video clips to match the script. Below you will find a copy of the rough draft formulated today.

DID YOU HEAR THAT
Usage of Sound in FIlm

While we certainly experience film through our eyes, we just as surely experience it through our ears.

Films are generally fantasies. And fantasies by definition defy logic and reality. They conspire with the imagination. Music stimulates the unconscious mind. Thus, music works well with film because it is an ally of illusion. Music preys on our emotions

The listener does not need to know what the music means, only how it makes him feel. Listeners, then, find the musical experience in film one that is less knowing and more feeling. The onscreen action, of course, provides clues and cues as to how the accompanying music does or is supposed to make us feel

Through the course of this of this film I will attempt to demonstrate how music in film achieves the following points; Music:

  1. Provides a sense of narrative continuity
    1. (Narrative continuity is when the story (narrative) moves from one point in time to another sequentially. [The story does not jump forwards and backwards in time]
  2. Reinforces formal and narrative unity
    1. The sound in a film or cartoon works well with what’s happening on screen- if the scene on the film is happy the music will also be happy. Its Similar to programmatic music which follows the physical action that happens on screen specifically [if a cartoon character runs into a wall, a cymbal crashes to emphasize the situation]
  3. Communicates elements of the setting
    1. Place Where does the story take place?
    2. Time When does the story take place?
    3. Environment How would you describe the place? What are the habitat and weather like? What plants, animals and other objects are in the place?
  4. Underlines the psychological states of characters
    1. Traditionally, in psychology, the term “character” has been used to refer to a collection of behavioral traits
  5. Establishes an overall emotional tone or mood or a film or scene
    1. Tone and mood both deal with the emotions centered around a piece of writing
  6. Can be an identification of or signature of a character
    1. A recurring behavior, saying, and or smell in the works of a character

Provides a sense of narrative continuity

Reinforces formal and narrative unity

Communicates elements of the setting

Aaron Copland ,Broadway and Hollywood composer: Ways in which music serves the screen):

Creating a more convincing atmosphere of time and place. Music tells the audience the period in which the action is set. But for the most part, what we identify as cultural music (French, Indian, Black) is originally arbitrary. Over time and with copycat repetition of one composers inspiration by those who follow and work with the same genre or time or place, audiences have become conditioned to associate certain music or musical styles with certain backgrounds and peoples, regardless of whether the music is authentic in terms of time, place, ethnicit. For example, in the western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), background music suddenly taking on a tympani beat as White men are relaxing over dinner out on the trail, tells us that the Indians are on the warpath, even before the camera pans to the smoke signals on a distant hilltop. Using authentic tribal music would probably have no predictable effect at all

Underlines the psychological states of characters

The psychology of experiencing film is pervasively impacted by the filmmaker’s execution of these functions in editing and synthesizing a final film product. As music theorist, Noel Carroll , has briefly noted, music and visual tracks exist in a kind of complementary relation. Music acts like a linguistic modifier, helping to clarify the particular mood, character, or emotive significance of a scene or visual action.

Establishes an overall emotional tone or mood or a film or scene

Music creates mood. Synthesization. We learn to connect a piece of music with an emotional event. And, perhaps some connections are innate. Jaws (1975), “M”(1931), and Psycho (1960) provide the audience with vivid, chilling classically conditioned associations. Respectively, their sheer pitch, melodic line, or, create nervousness in an audience

Music can be a subtle tool with which to manipulate the audience (or can dominate a film and, for franchise fans, obscure mediocre scripts, uninspired direction and character acting (Star Wars episodes I, II, and III)

Can be an identification of or signature of a character

Weekly Update

So unfortunately, I was not able to finish my script today, however I will try to complete it on my own time and have it posted by Sunday night. I was however able to find an array of movie clips that fat into the idea and direction of my film. Furthermore, I’ve decided to stray away from using one clip and use a multitude of different clips from different movies to illustrate my vision. The new technique will give me more room to space to specifically target what it is that I am trying to convey and could quite possibly save my film from being terribly boring to those who do not like “Beowulf” or any medieval animated film for that matter.

Final proposal

For my Final project, I will focus on the usage of music to convey feeling and foreshadowing in the film Beowulf. Often times, music will illustrate a character’s mood, a change in circumstances, and more. I choose Beowulf because there are a lot of scenes where there are long of no speaking and just music. I believe I will use a voiceover with some on screen text. I am more familiar with Imovie so that is the program I will be using to finish the project.

TIMELINE
3/26: PICK SCENCES I WANT TO USE/ BEGAN WRITING SCRIPT
4/1: FINISH SCRIPT/ RECORD AUDIO
4/8: STICH VIDEO /AUDIO /EDITING
4/15: ENHANCE AND FINISH