The Music Bed is an amazing company that we officially partnered with a few months ago. Their tunes cater specifically to photographers and filmmakers looking to license music for their projects. And even better, just like us, their team is made up of photographers and filmmakers so they know exactly what your needs are. In this blog post, we asked them to talk about the emotion of music and how choosing your music is very important to maximize the imagery in your film:
Music lovers and filmmakers, you’re one in the same. Don’t think so? You have to be. The collision between the mediums of visual movement and sound is an undeniable force in the greater success of a film. We’d like to show you exactly how you can not only compliment, but maximize your imagery with the right music.
Intuition plays a heavy role in the soundtrack selection process. Your own personal taste even makes it’s way in to the equation. Big time. But you have to keep in mind, what you like isn’t always what’s best. Sometimes a piece would be better served by a minimalistic cinematic track rather than that croony singer/songwriter you’ve had on repeat in your car for the last week. Neither is better than the other, but by keeping a pulse on the energy, mood, and subject of the project — you can choose a score that cooperates best with the environment.
Determining the emotive highs and lows of your film is essential to understand before you start your song search. However, the reverse can also be considered. Some artists are inspired first by a piece of music and then edit their footing according to the highs and lows of the music. In both cases, the rises and falls of your primary inspiration has to directly influence and communicate with the secondary piece.
The story is always the centerpiece of any video, so it’s up to you as the storyteller to parter with the most effective musician to draw the deeper feelings out of the action you’ve captured, which would otherwise lie dormant without music.
This illustration of an emotive business promo makes a strong appeal to the heart — presenting pressing challenges with a monotonous, somber instrumental in the background. But you’ll notice that when the solution is being presented, the tunes changes and rises with the passion of the voice — taking your feelings on the upward incline as well. Sometimes, such a range of emotions can’t be accomplished with a single track. Your project might require the matching of two or more similarly styled songs to take your audience on a journey. We also really enjoy the use of ambient natural sounds highlighted throughout the video. Layering sounds with music can bring a whole other level of believability and unity to your film.
The product review from Joe Simon isn’t necessarily story driven, but it does reflect the idea that a well-placed song can elevate the entertainment value of, what could potentially be, a boring ‘talking head piece’. The light steady instrumental keeps you engaged without overpowering the dialogue. The montage piece at the end felt epic and engaging because of the fuller instrumental paired with it, as opposed to keeping the mood in the same gear as the review with the light acoustic track.
A brilliantly synched song can take your film from good to excellent and memorable, so since you were kind enough to read through our thoughts on the matter, we would like to give away one free $49 song license from TheMusicBed.com!
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