Intro to: Score Makes a Scene

For a while, I’ve wanted to write about film and TV, two of my passions besides music. I have also planned articles on the genius of film scores and soundtracks.

When I thought about it though, I realised I could combine these two new directions into a format that stays true to the rest of the blog – a blog strictly about music.

I love films, but pretty often what I love most about films or TV shows is their score or soundtrack and the way they use it. In 500 Days of Summer for example, my favourite moments come as a result of the frankly brilliant placings of Hall and Oates’ You Make My Dreams and Regina Spektor’s Hero. My favourite scene in Game of Thrones is where Cersei blows up the Sept because the music makes it so ominous and climatic. In these examples, the music complements the screenplay so well that I believe it makes the scene.

So that’s what this new series, “Score Makes a Scene” is.

Rather than critiquing the score or soundtrack, I’ll look at the way music affects certain scenes of films and TV shows and analyse how and why the composition or track choice works so effectively.

I have several shows and movies planned because there is so much to talk about – but in the coming months I plan to write about Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, 500 Days of Summer, the Dark Knight Trilogy, The Office, and Edgar Wright’s films.

I hope you enjoy this new series and I look forward to feedback!

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