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Kevin Machate's picture
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I'm so happy to have this song...

My 3rd short relied on music to really heighten the mood. It was a dark comedy, and I wanted something that was going to make it feel upbeat, even with the dark tone of the script. (Which I did not write.) I used instrumentals from a relatively popular song that gave an upbeat feeling.  That film was where I realized how important the music is to a film.

My next (short)  film will shoot this Summer.

I have been a fan of Guster for at least 10 years. This song randomly landed in my YouTube recommendations, and I fell in love. I had heard it before (It is from 2010) and but I had forgotten about it over time. When I heard it this time, it had the right tempo, the right mood, and just felt "right" even though this also is a dark comedy.

I paid for the rights (as one must) and now I have the right to use the song in the film. I'm (so far) planning on using the first ~45 seconds at the opening and the last 55 secs of intrumental (vocals removed) for the gag reel/credits. 

Here's the song: Guster: Do you love me

 

Haven't started shooting yet (Jul/Aug/Sept) but I'm really happy about this bit...

Anthony Rodriguez's picture
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Your link to the song is not working.

 

Kevin Machate's picture
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Sorry, IDK why it didn't work before.

 

Should work now :) 

Anthony Rodriguez's picture
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Interesting piece.  If the purpose of the video was to put a smile on my face...Mission Accomplished!  There was a lot of color and movement.  It kept my eyes busy.  I was trying correlate the colors and pictures performed with the the song.  

I liked it.

CJ Walley's picture
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Great song and story. We had a similar one with the latest production. Shane was clearing out his office and stumbled upon an old album from a group of well known punk artists who had formed a new group. He put it on while he continued tidying and realised it was perfect for what we were looking for. We spoke about it and he ended up contacting the artists who are not only happy for us to use the tracks but have also managed to dig out the "stems" so our composer can manipulate them nicely into a proper score.

Anthony Rodriguez's picture
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As I'm learning this many faceted art of entertainment, I see the use of sound and music a great tool to direct emotion.  How much value would your suggestions of sound add to a script?   

 

CJ Walley's picture
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It's generally a no-no to specify songs in scripts and a bad idea to form a story around one as licensing can be tough, especially with intellectual property that's well known. That said, it's typically very easy to change a reference or a tune in a rewrite, so don't sweat it. Certainly nothing wrong with having some ideas to suggest to a producer either, especially if it's a small band you know how to contact personally.

Anthony Rodriguez's picture
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Yeah.  I gathered that, but there are sounds and tunes that can be bought in bunches from sources.  Doesn't have to be a popular tune by a name band but simple tunes that are sold in collections...$99 can buy you a lot of noise and simple tunes.  I used to edit video as a hobby.

 

Lily Blaze's picture
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I love music. I've also done video editing, as a hobby, so I relate. It's an amazing feeling to find the exact right music. Fantastic. I love that feeling and it';s wonderful to see others get that feeling.

In terms of screenwriting, there are tons of options. I don't see anything wrong with making suggestion, within reason.

Random example, off the top of my head: Characters walk into a loud speakeasy. That would suggest 1920's jazz music, much of which is low-cost or public domain. Personally, after writing suggestions, I would put trust into the creative team attached to the project.

Anthony Rodriguez's picture
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Hi Lilly.  Thanks.  Yeah, ton of stuff out there from cheap to free.  Here's what I found...Copyright in a song. In the U.S. and within Europe, copyright in a song lasts for 70 years after the end of the calendar year in which the last surviving writer dies.  So someone like Micheal Jackson who died in 2009 has copyright protections until 2079.  

Lily Blaze's picture
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For someone as famous as Michael Jackson, it's probably more complicated than that. While it's true, the 70 years thing (generally depending on local laws), sometimes family or distribution companies own or buy the rights and copyright is extended another 70 years, or more. Always ask, 'cause you never know. But, on the plus side, using Michael Jackson as a comparison, there are tons of indie artists who might create similar music. So, you never know. I wouldn't say it's impossible. A consideration, if possible.

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