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Does the score for a film affect how you frame or compose a shot ? (1 reply)

2 months ago
Nareg.A 2 months ago

Hey Roger,

From research I've noticed that some filmmakers like to have a certain song or piece of music to be composed before they start shooting because it helps them visualize or attain a better understanding of the overall tone or vision of the film.

I wanted to know if that applies for  cinematography as well, and if it greatly influences how a shot/frame is composed, sometimes or not at all.

2 months ago
dmullenasc 2 months ago

If there is a specific piece of music pre-selected for a scene, playing it in prep can give the cinematographer a sense of the mood desired, and playing it on set can help the dolly grip and operator understand the nature of the camera move, its speed, etc.  Sergio Leone had much of the score for "Once Upon a Time in the West" pre-recorded and played back on set. The climax to "Black Narcissus" was choreographed and shot to a pre-recorded score.  But this is pretty rare, more often it is the composer in post who is trying to match the tempo and mood of the edited scene.


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