As music is such an important aspect to our film, Lisha decided to do some research into what type of music we were going to do:
I have started research into the background music that we want in the film. It is normally a little bit early to start research into non-diegetic scores because it is post production. However, the background music is very important in our project because we have to convey a lot of emotion in it. In our other pieces of work, we had more dialogue and therefore didn’t research as much into the music scores. This time though, we need to spend a lot of time listening to different audios. The screenshots below are taken from the website Audio Network (https://audionetwork.lgfl.org.uk/) which we normally use. This is because it’s free and hasn’t got a copyright. Below are some screenshots from each playlist that we have looked through:
From this list, we like Rocking Horse because it has a infantile tone and therefore we think that it would fit our film because we want to show how young the older sister is and that she shouldn’t have to take care of the younger sister.
The song that we like from this is Sweet Pea because it is cute and innocent and that’s how we want to portray the sisters and we want this to contrast with the adults shouting and arguing in the background.
From this we like Lonely Planet because it has a similar tone to what we want to achieve, we want the sisters to feel isolated from the world so the audience empathise with them more and to make it more realistic because if someone had to loo after their younger sister by themselves, it would be difficult to also maintain a social life and therefore we wanted a score that would reflect how the older sister feels.
The perfect background score that we would like is something that is sad, but has some happy tones, we would like it to be nostalgic but also to have a childish style so it emphasises the innocence of the two girls. At the end we would like it to become more intense because the story starts to become deeper and therefore we would like to reflect this in the music.
The majority of the music that Lisha looked into had the following similarities as desired:
- Violins; our ideal musical score would be one that had violins because we thought that violins and other string instruments would accompany the film perfectly. This is because they all sound quite soft, but have musical diversity, and therefore, have the ability to change tones dramatically if needed. For example, violins are often used in rather sinister and jarring music, whilst they can also be used in melancholic or dramatic pieces. Acoustics would be preferable for the music that we choose, because of their soft tone.
- The next feature that we wanted to include was that the music became increasingly dramatic towards the end, because the story gets increasingly sad at the end. Rather than dramatic, it would be preferable that music only got slightly louder, because then the music isn’t as intense. This is better because we could find a piece that gets too intense, and instead of creating a more sad atmosphere, it creates one that is more exhilarating.
- Another feature was that the music was associated with children. This was important for us because most of the children’s music that we investigated fit the descriptions above. We looked on the Audio Network website, where we were once again able to find the perfect piece of music. We have chose to use audio network again this year, because it is a perfect website for finding exactly what you need by searching through appropriate categories. By using this website, we use school’s subscription, and therefore, we avoid any copy right issues that me come with using a regular piece of music.
- The final feature that we have decided would be relevant is a piano. Pianos have a very distinctive sound, and can easily be distinguished within other instruments. Pianos are soft, but sharp at the same time, which complements our film because we plan to transition from sad and mellow to heart warming at the end.