0761178 Music in Television and Film


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A more detailed look into how music is chosen to accompany a scene in a movie or show. Including why certain songs are picked, how television shows use their song and how often, and the popularity that comes with using certain songs.

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0761178 Music in Television and Film

  1. 1. BASIC INFORMATION • When it comes to the choice to add music into a particular scene in a movie or television show, a lot of thought goes behind the process when deciding the perfect song. • If the perfect song is actually chosen, the scene should be able to evoke that much more emotion, whether it be joy, madness or tears. • If the scene was produced properly with the accompaniment of a song, whenever this song is heard at a later date, images of that scene should come up in people’s minds to remind them how well the music was used in that movie or show.
  2. 2. ACTING ON EMOTIONS Sometimes music is chosen to display a certain emotion that is happening on screen. The three main emotions include anger, happiness and sadness. • ANGER: For the emotion of rage and aggression, music reflecting it would have to be darker, harsher and come off as violent for the most part. It has to be able to express the level of anger the character(s) is feeling. • HAPPINESS: To accompany a scene involving happiness, there would be light and joyful music; a more peaceful side to the image on screen. • SADNESS: To express sadness though music, the songs chosen must be able to provoke a depressed feeling from the audience. This music would need to be something that would really get to people’s emotions to get them to sympathize for the character(s). http://images.google.ca
  3. 3. CREATING THE SCENE • Music is chosen to accompany a scene, jsut to help express the emotions more clearly. Sometimes music can overpower the scene, and sometimes it may not be effective enough. To find a balance in the middle, the trial and error method can be used: • STEP 1: Find a scene that you feel needs music to go along with it. • STEP 2: Collect a group of songs you think could go with the scene. • STEP 3: Play each song along side the video clip, playing different parts of each song to get every option possible until you eliminate all but 1 selection of one song that fits the best with the scene. Also, a whole song is not usally played during a scene, only a selection. http://www.oth-caps.com
  4. 4. SPOOFING HAPPENS... The O.C. Sometimes songs are so recognized that other shows will spoof how the song was used. For example, The O.C. being spoofed by Saturday Night Live. SNL http://www.screencap-paradise.com/caps http://images.google.ca
  5. 5. SECRET OF SELECTION • When it comes to picking a song, most modern days television shows and movies tend to select songs that Titanic (1997) is associated aren’t well known due to the fact that most people, who with the song “My Heart Will are used to mainstream music, won’t already have Go On” by Céline Dion. Hearing that song reminds preconceived ideas when hearing a certain song. people of scenes of that movie, or emotions they • Unless one of those ideas is to be brought up, people were expressing while putting music to the image chose to bring a new song watching that movie. in, in able to let the audience have their own new ideas. The Bodyguard (1992) also • Another point of using well known music of a certain achieved similar success with “I Will Always Love You” by genre is to give an audience a good idea of what type Whitney Houston. Although of music will be featured throughout the movie or some may not recognize the television show. movie, almost everyone can easily recognize the song, still • Sometimes songs alone can promote a certain show giving the movie more fame just from the music chosen to be or movie, if the vibe that they are giving off works well featured in the movie. with the images being used to advertise. http://images.google.ca
  6. 6. STATISTICS • After taking two episodes of two different shows, these two graphs show what percentage of the songs featured were well known, somewhat known, or completely unheard of. Both statistics are taken from episodes in the first season of each show. Gossip Girl Grey’s Anatomy 25% 29% known somewhat 60% unknown 15% 71%
  7. 7. MUSIC FEATURED IN PILOT EPISODES • Something that is noticed when it comes to music featured in television shows, is that the first episode always seems to contain more music than any other episode. Here are some statistics gathered of how many songs were featured in the first, third and sixth episode of four different shows still on air. This is done in order to advertise what type of music will continue through the season. 20 Pilot Third Sixth 15 10 5 0 One Tree Hill 90210 Gossip Girl Grey’s Anatomy
  8. 8. TELEVISION MOMENTS “How To Save A Life” by The Fray - Grey’s Anatomy “Hide And Seek” by Imogen Heap - The O.C. http://images.google.ca
  9. 9. WORKS CITED • http://abc.go.com/primetime/greysanatomy/index?pn=musicguide#t=89824 • http://community.livejournal.com/ggmusicthread/tag/101 • http://www.greysanatomyinsider.com • http://images.google.ca • http://www.oth-caps.com • http://www.oth-music.com • http://www.screencap-paradise.com/caps