Wednesday, 5 June 2019

5 Film Scores That Will Inspire Your Writing

Most of us probably take for granted the music that appears in the films we watch.  But we shouldn’t. Music is such a powerful form of art. Think of it this way; music can be great on it’s own, OR in conjunction with a film.  

However, a film without music, not so much. Just imagine watching Star Wars without John Williams’ Star Wars (Main Title) theme song playing at any point during the movie.  Weird and off putting, huh? On the flipside of that, you could go watch the London Symphony Orchestra perform that piece on its own, with no movie, and it would still be amazing!  

My point is film needs music far more than music needs film.  And if you let it, it’s very possible that music might just inspire your next big scene.   As you’re writing, try thinking about what music you can envision accompanying a certain scene, and let it inspire you.

Albert Einstein once said “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”   

So, I say, why not see your script in terms of music?

In the meantime, here are just a few of the most important scores/soundtracks that have made some of our favorite films more memorable.

JAWS - Main Title (Theme from Jaws) composed by John Williams

It is almost criminally simplistic from a musical standpoint, however, it is almost impossible to imagine watching Jaws stalk his prey without the buildup of the those two famous, repetitive notes (you know...the ones that are probably going through your head as you read this).

Even Mr. Spielberg himself said that “without Williams' score the film would have been only half as successful.”

Pulp Fiction - Misirlou performed by Dick Dale

The song was released 32 years prior to the release of Pulp Fiction, so while it obviously wasn’t written with the purpose of being in the film, it is hard to imagine the film without it.

Along with other notables such as Jungle Boogie by Kool & The Gang, and Dusty Springfield’s version of Son Of A Preacher Man, Quentin Tarantino provided the world with an unparalleled, and perfectly fitting soundtrack that helped make Pulp Fiction quite the memorable cinematic experience.

Jurassic Park - Main Title (Theme from Jurassic Park) composed by John Williams

I’m starting to think this John Williams guy knows what he’s doing.  Written specifically for the film, Williams does a masterful job of capturing the awe and surrealness of each scene with his music.

Imagine John Hammond taking his visitors through Jurassic Park, and the first time the characters, as well as the audience, are able to finally see these wondrous dinosaurs, there is just silence and dialogue.


Halloween - Halloween Theme (Main Title) composed & performed by John Carpenter

In my humble opinion, this is the most memorable theme music in the horror genre.

It is a large part of what makes Michael Myers a cut above other horror villains. (See what I did there?  A CUT above…) If you’re watching a Halloween movie and you hear that music, you know there’s a guarantee of bloodshed very soon.

If you hear the Halloween theme start playing and you’re NOT watching a Halloween should probably just run (but not up the stairs!!!)

Back To The Future - Back To The Future (Main Title) composed & conducted by Alan Silvestri

What an amazing score!! One has to wonder if Marty McFly could have gotten the DeLorean up to 88 mph at the exact time lightning struck the clock tower, without Alan Silvestri’s brilliant score playing in the background.  I tend to think not.

The film has a unique mix of an original score from Silvestri, along with music from the 1950s and 1980s.

Any time you can hear a certain song and your mind immediately takes you back to a particular movie, the music director has done their job.  

So, the next time you hear Power Of Love, if you do not immediately think of Back To The Future, you’re either a far bigger Huey Lewis & The News Fan than I thought was even possible, or you haven’t seen Back To The Future, in which case…..GREAT SCOTT!!!

Kevin Wilde is an up and coming screenwriter, as well as a feature writer for Into The Script.

Everyday is Halloween for Kevin, as he has an unrelenting passion for all things horror. Influenced by the likes of masterminds such as John Carpenter, Stephen King, Kevin Williamson, Eli Roth, and Rob Zombie, you can certainly look forward to many horrifying tales that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

You can find Kevin on Instagram and Facebook.


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