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Your film is more than picture edits, dialog, and sound effects.
The score is the subliminal emotional undercurrent of your film. It can make people cry, laugh, feel displaced, alone, or even awkward. Music affects our mood. When it enters our brain, it triggers different pleasure centers that release dopamine and can stimulate endorphins. Even the genre type can impact how you react. Research shows that jazz can soothe the body while heavy metal creates a sense of identity.
So, how can you use music to add emotion to your film? make it have meaning. Video essayist Barnaby Martin of Listening In dives into Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and its score, which was written by Canadian composer Howard Shore. (He won 3 Oscars working on the franchise.)