As 2014 comes to a close, lets take a look at some of my favourite soundtracks from this year’s movies.
1. Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
Interstellar didn’t invoke the same awe and wonder of space for me when compared to Gravity. But I totally adore the soundtrack. How the heck does Hans Zimmer even come up with this kinda stuff? Favourites include Cornfield Chase, Where We’re Going, and S.T.A.Y.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Vol. 1
The use of 80s music in this movie is genius. Every action flick should end with a dance-off with the big baddie. Say no to violence.
3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – John Powell
How to Train Your Dragon is undoubtably my favourite animated movie. The sequel does not disappoint and John Powell delivers his best work to date. The duet between Gerald Butler and Mary Jane Wells in “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” hits all the right notes and triumphs the annoyingly infectious Frozen soundtrack.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Henry Jackman
Especially the end credits theme. Made better when watched together with the amazing title sequence.
5. X-men: Days of Future Past – Trailer theme
Moving away from drones and blaring horns, the trailer theme for Days of Future Past combines John Murphy – Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor) and Hans Zimmer – Journey to the Line to create one of the more emotional trailer pieces this year.
And that’s it! Happy listening and have a happy new year!
For this final assignment, we were required to create an edited sequence using videos, photos, and audio clips gathered from our previous tasks. Additional stock footage and images were allowed to be included. We were given the choice between two themes – Impact or Flow.
Interpretation of Theme
The theme that I have chosen is FLOW. Water, rivers, soothing, and graceful are examples of words and imagery that we tend to associated with the word flow. To create a sense of flow in the edit, most of the clips were spliced together with a “fade into black” transition. Cutting between actions while following the direction of the movement also helped to improve the smoothness of the edit.
Transitioning from video to photo can be awkward so key frames were placed on the photos’ scales to help create movement. Audio files were overlapped and dragged across multiple clips to create an illusion of seamless audio editing. This technique is commonly known as L or J-cuts because of the shapes formed by the audio files on the timeline.
What is the narrative?
Creating a narrative for this video proved to be challenging. I initially collected stock footages, such as clouds, rain, and cityscape shots but felt that they were too detached and didn’t fit the story. The clip that I ended up using was the extra single shot video that my team filmed during the extensive earlier this semester.
The video features two different plotlines. We are introduced to the same characters in both plotlines. These clips were edited to run parallel with each other. The photos and audio files played a role in setting the scene and location – urban city on a rainy day. By the end of the video, the female character is “victorious” in both scenes.
The message that I wanted to convey is that we are all connected. Both characters are unknowingly connected and have crossed paths at different times. Whether it’s through fate or a greater force, the male character always ends up getting the short end of the stick – embarrassing himself and losing the race.
The final edit sequence would have been more coherent if all the material had tied in with one another. A photo of “children holding umbrellas” juxtaposed with a video of “a man struggling to open a door” is jarring and doesn’t make for a sensible story. The challenge was to take these different elements and create a story out of it.
Is a story necessary? For this exercise, probably not, but I do believe that it is skill we should all improve on as content creators.