Before getting into today’s segment, I want to see how fast your brains can react. After each of the following, I want you to hum a tune that comes to mind, in which it is associated with the movie. Ready? Go!
It’s interesting how quickly we can trigger that tune. It goes to show how important a musical component is to a film.
Unless the thought is brought up, we never really take a step back and truly appreciate the music that go hand-in-hand with a movie. What we take for granted is the fact that without the music, a movie becomes less grasping. It wouldn’t have the same drive and passion. Without the musical support, a movie would fall apart, lacking one of its core foundations.
What we don’t see is the genius work that takes place behind the scenes to make these tunes happen. The music has to be perfect, supporting the movie along the way. To do so, incredible composers, who some have been labeled as Mozarts of our generation, create these beautiful master pieces.
Up until now, the world hasn’t had the opportunity to fully understand this unique musical genre. For the first time, a group of Emmy Award-winning journalists, called Epicleff Media, are bringing to the screens a documentary film that portrays a world that we are all too unfamiliar with.
From what started as a brainstorm session, the last few months have been nothing short of excitement for Epicleff Media. Titling the documentary Score, these young and ambitious journalists have managed to interview over 30 top Hollywood composers to learn more about their stories and the industry they passionately embrace. To name a few, this list includes Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight), Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings), John Debney (The Passion of the Christ), and many more.
As viewers, we'll have the opportunity to see many components of how a score is developed. As explained, “Tracking the progress of modern-day film score development, SCORE will illustrate how the first few notes on a piano keyboard end up in the most dramatic moments of a film’s emotional climax.” The film will also showcase how a score can affect the way a film is rated, such as R instead of PG-13.
In general, the documentary will “explain the tricks composers use to make a powerful moment stick in our hearts – and how well-timed melodies and unconventional sounds turn heroes into villains and tension into triumph.”
I had the opportunity to talk with Trevor Thompson, one of the Emmy Award-winning journalists on the team, about the film. He noted that what started out as an idea this past summer is now developing into a film that will bring light upon a global genre.
With a planned release date of November 2015, Epicleff has gained the attention of many within the industry and hopes to continue that momentum. In less than a week, the project has become successful, thanks to backers from over 40 countries around the world.
Score has the potential of becoming one of the top documentaries of the year. Featuring an interesting topic, with plans of adding further composer interviews to the film, Epicleff will definitely draw the attention of many film festivals around the nation.
Overall, a score focused documentary POPs.
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