Animated Feature – many shades of epic
A quick note before I go back to work here.
I scored this traveling shot as the main characters fly over a large magical tree world. The music there had to be epic and sweeping, giving a sense of scope and awe to the shots, course, but the characters here are prisoners being taken against their will to a strange place for an unknown purpose.
So the big epic feel also needed to mix in a bit of dread and foreboding.
And I did it pretty good, I must say. Quite happy with that one.
It comes down to knowing:
- what the story is,
- what the characters are feeling
- what is the subtext
- and what can the music add to the scene that is not painfully obvious
Asking myself these questions is my first part of composition. Sometimes it’s clear and takes only a thought and I am done, other times, I really have to think about it like I mentioned in the previous post.
With this scene (very short scene ) it was easy and I knew what to do and had a great time doing it.
Orchestration note: I tried scoring this scene with mid-high strings and low brass to leave a bit of space in the middle to give a sense of scope. it did feel very wide, but it lacked the “awe” and “epic” parts by not being rich enough. So in came the horn and trumpet chords to fill out the middle.
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