Importance of Music in Movies

Jul 22, 2017 by WartonnoSound - Comments Off on Importance of Music in Movies

Music is a very important factor to include when making a movie. If you take music away from movies, even in award-winning ones, you will end up with a dull movie that lacks something. This is why having the right music for different parts of a movie are essential. So, what make music so important to be incorporated in movies, here are the reasons why.

Aids in Expressing Certain Emotions or Atmosphere within the Movie

Motion films started without the sound of voice. Actors would convey their emotions through their faces and action, though there were dialogue cards present. During this time, having a music score incorporated in the movie was very important as it also helps portray the emotion of the scene. If the character needs to portray a sad feeling, accompanying the scene with a sad music can make the audience feel the emotion being portrayed, even without words.

In modern-day film making, the same thing is also true. Music can help amplify the emotion that is being set by the character. There are different types of music that can be placed within a movie scene, depending on the genre. If the movie is a comedy, then a light or silly tune can help lighten up the mood of the audience. For action movies, the music being set for the scenes can increase its intensity in terms of power and excitement. Whatever the genre, the right music score can amplify the drama within the movie.

 

Creating the Mood and Establishing the Setting

In the beginning of a movie, music can create the mood before the movie can even begin. If you’re watching a horror film, you may have noticed the eerie music being played at the start of the movie. The music tells you that the movie your about to see is a scary one. This can set the mood, making the movie more thrilling. Even in movies with other genre, the music at the beginning of the movie is important in setting up the mood be it action, drama or comedy.

Aside from the mood, the music score in a movie can also give the audience a feel of the setting. If the movie has a western setting, a western music can help make the audience feel the western atmosphere.

Increases the Thrill and Mislead the Viewers

If you have watched “Jaws” or other shark-related movies, you may have noticed the tune being played before the shark attacks or as the shark is approaching. This kind of music can increase the thrill, especially in horror movies and suspense, though the same goes for other movie genres.

Aside from the thrill, there are times that movies can also mislead the viewer and add to the enjoyment of the film. An example would be when an eerie music is being played while there’s a view of the main character being stalked, only to find out that it was just his friend giving him a surprise. Another situation is when a calm music is being played and is then abruptly change to a scary or violent tone as the monster suddenly appears out of nowhere.