Making Movies: Blog Response #2

In lecture, we briefly talked about music in film. More specifically, how music is used to collect and channel emotion, rather than to create it. The idea is that the film itself must create the mood, and establish the expected emotion. The music, by this logic, should never tell the audience what to think, but only remind them or further push the point.

We then saw a clip from Hugo, with a waltz-y track playing in the background. The music carries us, the audience, through the scenes. More importantly, it helps with a smooth transition between scenes. I felt that music in this scenario, however, did create the mood of the scene. While there were no obvious emotions you were expected to feel, I felt that the scene was created from the music-up. While the two messages are essentially different, I believe that they contradict themselves.

We then proceed to watch a clip with fast-forwarded traffic. In several films/television shows/games, I have seen “fast-traffic” used as an establishment shot, revealing the time of day or the general location of the next scene. I felt that the music in the lecture’s example was different. It was not necessarily the content displayed on screen that differentiated it, but the pace of the music.


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