Friday, February 29, 2008

Sound And Vision

A carefully chosen piece of music can really transform a scene into something really special. A movie soundtrack is an integral part of a production sometimes accounting for a sizable proportion of the budget. Famously Kevin Smith paid more for the music rights to his debut feature Clerks than it cost to him to make the film. A soundtrack is a useful devise that can enhance the tone of a movie and highten the overall viewing experience. Music has a powerful effect on us humans and a director can use this fact to engage our emotions in a wonderful way. There has been some genius marriages of film and music over the years, heres a few off the top of my head.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen – Wayne’s World
In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel – Say Anything
Twist and Shout, The Beatles – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Tiny Dancer, Elton John – Almost Famous
Don’t Stop Me Now, Queen – Shaun of the Dead
Misirlou, Dick Dale – Pulp Fiction
Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie – Grosse Pointe Blank
Lust for Life, Iggy Pop – Trainspotting
Where Is My Mind, The Pixies – Fight Club
Across 110th Street, Bobby Womack – Jackie Brown
The End, The Doors - Apocalypse Now
Sweet Emotion, Aerosmith – Dazed and Confused
54/46 Was My Number, Toots & The Maytals - This Is England
Head Over Heals, Tears For Fears -Donnie Darko
The Man In Me, Bob Dylan - The Big Lebowski
These Days, Nico - The Royal Tenenbaums
Spybreak, The Propellerheads - The Matrix
Just Like Honey, The Jesus And Mary Chain - Lost in Translation
Dont You Forget About Me, Simple Minds - The Breakfast Club
The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis & The News - Back To The Future

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