Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Music in Film + Transitions

I've had this scene from Be King Rewind stuck in my head for a few weeks now.



I find it's pretty rare for pop music to be seamlessly integrated into a film without being completely distracting. Too often music becomes a literal background soundtrack to a scene, as opposed to being a part of the greater whole and contributing to the overall feel of a film. I guess what I mean to say, is that this is one of the few instances that comes to mind where a pop song feels as though it's part of the original score of the film... Kudos to Michel Gondry for knocking this one out of the park...


I've also been thinking a lot more about transitions than I have in the past. This scene is a good example of how the uninterrupted motion of the camera helps maintain the flow and energy throughout the scene. Even the final transitional wipe between 'Men In Black' and when the train appears on the screen provides that little bit of extra momentum moving forward with the plot.

I also finally got my hands on a theatrical cut of 'The Warriors'. Up until now I've only seen the Director's Cut (with comic book inter-tiles)...I'll be interested in seeing how the two cuts differ...The Warriors is another great film when it comes to pacing and momentum...there are so many great shots in it...I could go on and on...

-J

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