The definitive list of capturing magic and music: what makes a scene.

Its a tale as old as time, a pairing second to none, it can make or break a scene, and if it’s lucky? It can win an Oscar.

Welcome back to ScreentoSeen everyone! This week, I’m diving into the music of cinema and television and the magic it brings to the audience. As a long running fan of film scores (thanking my mum for that) I’ve been exposed to the most beautiful, and sometimes scary elements that composing can bring. So lets begin!

Harry Potter

Who would have guessed I’d start here? I am a full blown potter fan, and like many fans, the music counts for a huge chunk of that! You simply can’t imagine Harry Potter without the music, because that would be like imagining Friends without the sofa. Throughout the eight films the composers changed, each paying nods to their previous partners and creating a series of work that would calm anyone. I’ve listed my top five scores:

  • Reunion of Friends (First seen in The Chamber of Secrets 2002 and for 19 years later, John Williams)
  • Fawkes the Phoenix (Chamber of Secrets, 2002, John Williams)
  • Buckbeaks Flight (The Prisoner of Azkaban, 2004, John Williams)
  • Farewell to Dobby (The Deathly Hallows part one, 2010, Alexandre Desplat)
  • Courtyard Apocalypse (The Deathly Hallows part two, 2011, Alexandre Desplat)

 

The Theory of Everything (2015)

Living very close of Cambridge all my life, this movie always puts a smile on my face. Cambridge is perfectly captured in this score, showcasing the life of a brilliant scientist and a beautiful city.

  • Cambridge, 1963 (Johann Johannsson)

 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

I can watch E.T over and over again! It was Spielbergs little love project for cinema that became his highest grossing (until Jurassic!) its not hard to understand why, the story wasn’t new but the way it captured the nostalgia of suburban America and the whimsical summers of being a child with an adventure spoke to millions. I’ll always be a Spielberg fan, but E.T remains the top of my list. There are 15 minutes of the score that tie the film together:

  • Escape/ Chase/ Saying goodbye (John Williams)

 

Jurassic Park (1993)

Carrying on the Speilberg theme for a few more scores, Jurassic Park was more than groundbreaking technology. It represented the start of a technological side of film making, using CGI to maximize the potential of the creativity. With it came another wonderful score by John Williams:

  • Welcome to Jurassic Park

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

It was hard not to include this score. It captures the film so well, and the story that endures. I was shown this film in history class when I was at school and I have so much admiration for the way Spielberg and the actors made it.

  • Hymn to the Fallen (John Williams)

 

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

This Tim Burton classic is personal favourite of  mine from his wonderful collection. I have always loved the shot of the coloured suburban houses and the ‘perfect’ life that was imprinted on American families since the 1950s. This score is also played on a lot of Christmas adverts and it always reminds me of december!

  • Ice Dance (Danny Elfman)

 

Vertigo (1958)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, I can safely say that this is in my top 5 films of all time! It continues to blow me away everytime I watch this masterpeice and the opening credits only aid that. The music almost suffocates the scene, but it pairs cinema and visuals together in a sense of perfection.

  • Intro (Bernard Herrmann)

 

Some Like it Hot (1959)

Loved by many, including myself the wit and charm of Some like it Hot has challenged the state of Hollywood for decades. It was banned in several states in America on its release, but almost 70 years on, it is still a masterpiece in my eyes. Plus the music is just fun!

  • Opening (Adolph Deutsch)

 

The Deer Hunter (1979)

This is one of my dads favourite films. I haven’t seen it for a few years so its on my re-watch list, but I do know that the theme tune is very beautiful. In fact, my year 9 music teacher played it to our class and it made several students cry!

  • Cavatina (John Williams)

Metropolis (1927)

I could, and I will talk for hours about Metropolis (In another post, so read on…) but the music! Oh the music is so so good! juts let it sink in that this film was made in 1927, almost 100 years ago and it is perfection to this day. I have the biggest poster on my bedroom wall so I guess you could say I’m a fan! – and I adore Fritz Lang, the legend.

  • The Metropolis score (Gottfried Huppertz)

 

Live and Let Die (1973) 

Now this is not classed as the best James Bond film of all time, but the song is however I think, the best of the bond songs! Performed by Paul McCartney, I seriously love this fab song!

  • Live and Let Die

 

Star Wars (1977) and beyond.

I of course would be mad not to include anything from Star Wars. One could argue that the music made the film, again it was John Williams (Who I’m starting to realise we owe a lot to)

  • @Jorrahtheandal on youtube did an amazin job of combining lots of Star Wars themes into this score:

 

I will update with a Part Two later next week, but for now, enjoy these scores!

Part 2! 

In the midst of a global pandemic, I thought I’d keep adding to this and I’m also going to write some posts on staying happy indoors (activity’s, films to watch, happy playlist) just because we all need a bit of inspiration right now on keeping busy in our own homes, stay safe!

 

The Pirates of the Caribbean 

I freakin love these films, and the ride at Disney is probably my favourite of all the rides there! One day is by far the best score of all the films, its bloody epic. It features in a lot of the films, but it started in Worlds End.

  • One Day (Hans Zimmer)

 

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020…maybe)

Now this one isn’t even releaised yet, and given the state of the world I’m not sure it’s going to be this year at all, I doubt it. Yet the trailer music was SO GOOD. Its a remix of Blue Monday by New Order.

  • Blue Monday remix (Sebastian Bohm)

 

The Umbrella Acadamy (2019)

I didn’t think I’d actually be a fan of this series, yet I binged in in two days. Its brilliant, and the music really adds to that. The soundtrack features Tiffany, and Run Boy Run. It also features a bit of a classic remix of Phantom of the Opera played by Vanya (Ellen Paige) pair it with the screen time and outstanding cast and you get a fun intro.

  • Phantom of the Opera ( Lindsey Stirling)

 

 

 


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