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The Role of Music in Enhancing the Emotional Impact of Film and TV

This article will explore the ways in which music enhances the emotional impact of film and television, providing examples from various genres and styles of music. It will examine how music is used to convey emotions, create a sense of tension, and build atmosphere in storytelling.

How do different genres and styles of music contribute to storytelling? What are some notable examples of music enhancing the emotional impact of film and TV? How has the use of music in film and TV evolved over time, maybe consider the role of music and sound effects in silent films.

  • Consider choosing a specific film or show and finding something more tangible about how music is used in that form of media, and what specific effect it has. Rather than just 'enhancing' the film, consider how leitmotifs serve particular characters' story arcs, or how music is used to foreshadow plot points. – Patrick 11 months ago
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  • What about instead of "enhance", to use "add to"? – Beatrix Kondo 11 months ago
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  • I like this topic and it's something I've thought of quite a bit myself. Would certain iconic film scenes still work if they had a different soundtrack, or no soundtrack? Maybe you can focus on a single filmmaker or composer, or even a small set of scenes and discuss how music elevates the scene. Depending on your knowledge of and experience with music theory you could really delve deep into the composer's choice of key, tempo, chords, etc. – Leo Panasyuk 10 months ago
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  • I really like this topic! But I agree it needs to be scaled down a bit. Targeting perhaps a single piece of media OR even comparing two different pieces in regards to their use of both diegetic and nondiegetic sound would be very interesting. – Harry P 10 months ago
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