If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the movie “Lost…” it’s that music can be pretty powerful. Not only can it get you into the right frame of mind, but it can also enhance the mood of a movie and make it more enjoyable. It can be pretty heart-breaking when the music stops. Especially when it’s a song you’ve heard a thousand times and it’s the last song you’ll ever hear. That’s what makes this playlist so special, it’s the culmination of everything we’ve learned about using music in film.

Music is an integral part of the film-making process. It can help set the mood of a scene, move the plot along, or even define the character. The music you choose for a film can be just as important as the script you’re working on. This playlist is a masterclass in using ambient music to enhance your movie experience. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right music to using sound effects to create the perfect atmosphere. Let’s get started.

The Pros And Cons Of Music In Film

You don’t need us to tell you that music can do amazing things for a film. You’ve already guessed that yourself, because you’ve seen the countless films where music has played a crucial part. There are various benefits to using music in film, but there are also some significant downsides. Let’s take a quick look at both sides.

The advantages of using music in your movie are innumerable. It can help set the mood of a scene, move the plot along, and even define a character. It can enhance the overall movie experience, so it makes sense that nearly every studio would want to pursue this route. Here are just a few examples:

  • The Right Music Can Make Or Break A Scene
  • It Can Help Move The Audience To Action
  • It Can Create A Common Language Between The Characters
  • It Can Bring Back Bad Memories For The Characters
  • It Can Set The Tempo For Dancing Scenes
  • It Can Help Drown Out Loud Dialogue For The Characters
  • It Can Be Used To Define A Character’s Personality
  • It Can Reflect The Theme Or Motivation Of The Story

On the downside, using music in film can be quite challenging. It’s not always easy to find the right song, and even when you do, it can be tricky to determine how it will fit into your movie. In some cases, the music from your screenplay won’t match the song you’ve chosen, so you’ll have to find a solution. This is where sound designers and composers come in, to solve these problems and build the perfect soundtrack for your movie.

The Evolution Of Soundtracks

The soundtrack for a film is like the cast of a play. You might have seen a play once and remember some of the names, but you’ll have to look up the rest of them. It’s the same with soundtracks. With newer technologies and the ability to manipulate audio, sound designers and composers now have the ability to create entire soundtracks from a single song. Take a look at some of the biggest movies of 2017 and you’ll see lots of evidence of this.

The soundtracks for these movies are massive, sometimes over an hour long. For a film like “Wonder,” which was awarded Best Score at the 2018 Academy Awards, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” was reportedly only one of three songs that David Benioff & Steve Weiss used in the film’s score. The other two songs are “Stand By Me” by The Turtles and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Those are the same three songs that the film’s main character goes back and forth between when he’s younger and old. Sound designers and composers have really put themselves through the ringer with these soundtracks. It’s a testament to their talent that they were even able to fit so much music into these movies. Even when you consider all the titles alone, it’s clear that soundtracks are evolving.

Choosing The Right Songs For Your Project

The hardest part of using music in film isn’t choosing the right song. It’s finding a song that fits the vibe you’re after for your project. More often than not, you’ll encounter songs that are either a little too loud or a little too soft, and this can make a difference in the entire feel and tone of your movie. This is why, when you’re searching for songs for your project, you have to approach it creatively. Instead of just searching for the first song that comes up, take a look at the lyrics, learn what the artist is trying to say, and find a way to improve on it. You might even end up writing your own lyrics or singing them yourself.

An example of this would be “Lost in the World” by BTS. The song is exactly what you’d imagine it to be from the title – lost in the world, but it also carries a deeper meaning. The group is known for being extremely thoughtful and creative, they even named their album “Map of the Soul.” In this case, they’re talking about exploring different aspects of their identities and how they relate to one another. “Lost in the World” is one of the many tracks on the album that deals with these themes. If you’re looking for an uplifting song with meaningful lyrics, this is the perfect choice. It’s an empowering song that completely changes the mood of a scene when it’s played. It makes for a perfect fit whenever there’s a flashback scene or a scene set in the future. It’s easy to see why it’s been chosen for so many films.

The Importance Of Keywords

Another important consideration when choosing songs for your project is finding the right keywords. You don’t want to pick a song just because it’s popular or because it sounds good in the context of the scene you’re in. You want to find the right lyrics, meaning, and tone that will fit your project perfectly. This becomes doubly important when you consider that the music industry is changing, with artists becoming more accessible to the public due to the internet. The days of finding the right note in the right key at the right tempo are just not as important as they were in the past. The search for the perfect song and the desire to push the envelope musically continue to this day, but what sets today’s music creators apart from those who came before them is their access to the unlimited resources of the internet. This gives them the ability to find songs that were previously unavailable to the average artist. It also adds an extra layer of complexity to the process of choosing the right song for your project.

The Evolution Of Movie Scores

The evolution of movie scores continues to this day, with composers using every instrument they can get their hands on to create unique soundtracks. Take the 2017 movie “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” for example. It’s the sequel to the 2016 movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and it’s another film where the soundtrack is as important as the storytelling. It doesn’t hurt that one of the composers, Ludwig Göransson, has previously worked with director Matthew Vaughn on the first “Kingsman” movie. This connection led to many collaborations, with Göransson scoring both films. “The Golden Circle” continues the story of the first film, focusing on the activities of the Kingsman organization as it tries to protect the world from catastrophe. It’s another exciting installment in this hugely popular series, and it’s clear that the filmmakers wanted to do something different with the music this time around. They went completely electric, using synths and electronic drums to create a different feel and tone for this film. This is something that could prove problematic when it comes to the scene where a lot of action takes place, as traditional instruments like the piano and violin struggle to be heard above the sound of gunfire and explosions. The combination of electronic and acoustic sounds isn’t something that was done in previous films, but it makes for an interesting experiment. Hopefully, it won’t be the last time that they experiment with music in this way.

The Evolution Of Lighting Scenes

Lighting scenes can be one of the most complicated aspects of film, and using music in film is more often than not essential for creating the perfect atmosphere during these times. The process behind lighting a scene is changing, with filmmakers slowly moving away from the traditional choices of white light and using more advanced techniques to create various moods and emotions. Using different colored lights and varying the intensity can help achieve the perfect atmosphere for any scene. The more you know about lighting, the more you can create the perfect effect with the light that you have.