Character stand in
Narrative change (story within a story)
Whose film is it?
A non-comprehensive list of places music might go in a film.
Changes in liminality dramatically -- narrative change “play within a play”
Realizations -- When someone says the name of the film-- usually a realization
Realizations -- ours. Reveals.
Actor beat or change -- DRAMATIC PIVOT -- Escalation of emotional reality
Foreshadow (our realization) Presage
To pick up the pace of a scene
Underscore emotional reality
Illustration to reinforce emotional reality
Stand-in for character or object -- character stand-in
Pauses after beats
Silence can be a cue
Music emphasizes or underlines the emotional content of the narrative.
To increase pace
I was born in 1965 as the youngest of four children and grew up in the idyllic little Borough of Metuchen in New Jersey. I have vague memories of the Vietnam War on the news.
In 1980, in the 10th grade, I became so disillusioned with school that I simply quit. Oddly, I found my father to be strangely sympathetic to me.
I went, instead, to Solebury School in (or near) New Hope, PA. My parents spent a lot of money putting me in private school, but I was actually educated there.
2020 I completed a masters degree in composing for the media.
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One can land on either side of a decision or realization, or right on the nose of it. It tends to work as the character’s realization if the musical underlining is before or on the actors’ moment. It tends to work as the audience’s realization when the music lands afterward.
I'm finding that sometimes the picture wants a little reverb on some dialog. Like when we're very far from her and she's onstage -- the sound wants just a kiss of "theater" reverberation. 10/18/2022
Mod Duo X
It is your time to work out what the music needs to be saying in the scene. When the music starts and finishes is also important: the entry or exit of a cue can add significance to that moment in the film.
The Professional Composer’s Guide p132
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