Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Random Wednesday: Please don't stop the music.

I'm thinking of starting a new series called "Random Wednesdays" I always seem to have random things to blog about but never know when is the right time to write about them. Here's to the first Random Wednesday post!

First things first, I love music. My iTunes collection is always vast and growing and my Pandora stations are very much the same. I am up for pretty much anything, when it comes to choosing music for our wedding films, we can be very picky. I'm not joking when I say I have devoted entire days to searching for the right music for trailers and main films. Nothing is sweeter than finding that hidden gem :) Recently I came across a question from an individual who asked one of the many film companies that inspires us, Shade Tree Films.

The individual asked: "the song Lonelily is about a cheating wife! Great video, but why that song!"

Their answer was so great: "We believe that music is one of the most crucial parts of film making... it can either make or break your film. The lyrics to a song, when put to film, are hardly ever noticed, as long as your film has a compelling and interesting story. Its much more about the characteristics of the instruments, and the emotion that they invoke. We see so many films with songs that have fitting lyrics, but the music does not match the footage... that is far more distracting. Regardless of lyrics, if we have moved people emotionally and the music has strengthened the film, we have done our job. We feel like this song, regardless of the story told in the lyrics, matched the footage and the feeling of the day perfectly."

It's so true!! Off the top of my head I can think of tons of songs with "fitting lyrics." "Marry me" by train, "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, "I do" by Colbie Caillet, "Everything" by Michael Buble, "I'm Your's" by Jason Jason Mraz, oh Jason. Yes, the lyrics are good and fitting and wedding-ish, but they lack the ability to enhance the overall emotion of the couples day. All the time we get the phrase, "I'm crying watching your videos and I don't even know these people." Along with piecing the film together, a large percentage of why they become emotional is because of song choice and the instruments and melody within that song. Trust me, I'm no music major and couldn't tell you a thing about music theory and all that fancy stuff. I just choose what works.

Hows that for some Random Wednesday-ness ;-) have a great day!

1 comment:

  1. agree 1000000%. I cry over wedding videos of perfect strangers all the time and its the music that usually does it ;)