Tagged: film scoring
- December 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm #26412
Okay, I’ve been watching Action/Adventure & Sci-Fi films with headphones for 2 months (really). I finally had an Epiphany.
THE MUSIC IS ALL THE SAME! I know! I’m as surprised as you.
1. Use a minor key.
2. Begin String Ostinato (hi-lo, lo-hi. whatever).
3. Introduce Large Drums (build to a fevered pitch).
4. Bring in the Low Brass (lots of French Horns & Trombones)
5. Plenty of Cymbal Rolls.
6. Abrupt, Dramatic Ending.
NEVER EVER USE:
1. Major keys.
I shouldn’t be telling you this. Now everybody can do it.
Hans is going to kill me. Please don’t tell him I told you (shhhh).December 20, 2016 at 8:11 am #26420
Bit more to it. Here’s some more tips, but not all of them:
Using scales other than major or minor to create dissonance is common.
Melodic content does not appear often, but when used it’s short fragments.
Woodwinds are often used, but as ascending runs and crescendos.
Rapid key and chord changes are common.December 20, 2016 at 9:16 am #26423
I was joking.December 21, 2016 at 10:06 am #26430
HAHAHAHADecember 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm #26444
Key? String Ostinatos? Who needs this?!
Here is a much easier formula:
Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas! (Ultra low single note, preferably with some distorted synth).
Done.December 24, 2016 at 11:48 am #26453
Hire 40 interns for free. Go back to sleep.
P.S. Hans is going to kill me. Please don’t tell him I told you (shhhh).December 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm #26455
Taikos, Taikos, and more Taikos. It seems that every movie trailer is pounding with Taiko drums and very little melodic content these days.