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Hollywood Scores & Soundtracks: What Do They Sound Like? Do They Sound Like Things?? Let’s Find Out!


(Marco Beltrami) If they’re trying to do something
that’s truly original in their film, there’s not gonna be a temp score
that works for it because the temp score is for another movie. And so being able to show how their
temp score is actually a detriment to their film, that is a handicap to the creative process. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

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  1. Hans von Schröder Author

    Hm. I think you got your explanation for why this happens in the video itself. The Director goes out and finds placeholder music they find fitting then hand the whole thing to the composer who has no incentive to try anything different because when they do there is a large chance that all their work was for nothing. It is a mixture of risk-averse business and the limitations of production logistics. Still, it's sad that the only OSTs I remember these days are compilations of existing songs, like Tarrantinos stuff or movies like Baby Driver.

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  2. Isabel Autor Author

    i look this channel up every couple of weeks in the meek hope that there is a new video. the day i found your channel i stayed up all night watching all the videos i could. understanding what was behind the movies, how much time and thought went into them made me love film. i think movies are some of the most incredible things and i dont think i would have know that without you. thank you for the absolutely incredible videos you produced, it is without a doubt the most consistently brilliant content i have ever seen. what you do/did is so admirable, like really you are such an incredible editor and educator and are you a professor? can I take your class? please? thank you for inspiring and educating me, i will shout you out in my first horrible, low-budget film about "the slowness of touch" or some BS like that 🙂

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  3. Eric McCathie Author

    After this video, I'd really like to see a similar one on Hollywood sound-effects and how they are so commonly borrowed. The most obvious example everyone has heard would be the "Wilhelm Scream", a video on how this and similar sounds can help or hinder a film would be an interesting video essay!

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  4. Michael Heyness Author

    Since everybody is mourning end of this channel…

    …I'll just emphasize just how much I appreciate the Bojack Horseman reference in the title.

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  5. Johnny Quan Author

    For anyone curious, they did make one more excellent video essay (likely made before they called it quits though) you can find on the Criterion edition of The Night of the Living Dead, released last year (Feb 2018), called "Limitations into Virtues" that explores that movie.

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  6. L'indécis de nature Author

    Really unfortunate this channel died… thankfully the content uploaded years ago is still available. And I hope it will remain that way.

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  7. Vanderson F. Milagre Author

    Can someone tell me what happened to this channel ? Just discovered it recently and there dosen't seem to be any more activity.

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  8. Názara Dana Author

    i miss this channel like… every day, the video about david fincher still is the best movie material i've ever seen on the entire youtube

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  9. liquiDnBlue Author

    for reference, this is the statement they made when ending the channel, it's really worth a read: https://medium.com/@tonyszhou/postmortem-1b338537fabc

    also thanks so much for your videos, it's always awe inspiring to see the work of people who love doing their work. After all this time your channel just came to mind and a was curious why you stopped, then I found your post-mortem post. Now I just have all the more respect for this channel, since I really want to believe that having fun at what you are doing, is the best way to get to an exceptional result (also to have fun, which is probably even more important), and you two are one of the best examples there is for this on youtube. You rock!

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  10. Jesse Bond Author

    4:50 – SHAME ON YOU, MAC QUAYLE! SHAME. ON. YOU!!!
    You're a great composer and have delivered some of the best tracks to American Horror Story since you're arrival to the show. And since the show is no stranger to using tracks from infamous horror films, would it not have made more sense to just use the original track rather than copying it? For shame. For fucking shame.

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  11. latenight cashews Author

    I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU REFERENCED BOJACK HORSEMAN. I SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE WHEN YOU UPLOADED THIS SO THIS NOTE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN OUTDATED. BUT URGHHHH, THANK YOU FOR IMPLYING THAT YOU WATCH BOJACK HORSEMAN.

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  12. typingbacon Author

    Please comeback you were the OG of video essays since your inception there has been a lot of wannabe filmmaker intellectuals that has popped up

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  13. C3 RAVN Author

    1:26 So yeah, it seems like Bear McCreary took heavy inspiration from John Powell, nevertheless the music he composed makes this scene the most emotionally engaging 1 year later transition that I have ever come across. I was so utterly devastated when I saw it for the first time. It's just perfect direction, camera work, acting, set dressing, everything comes together and that score just drives the spear right through your heart. So… whatever man, he copied.. glad he did it well!

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  14. CastlesComments Author

    Worst one by far for me is Enemy at the Gates's ripoff of Schindler's List. Its not even just a moment, Horner lifted the entire leitmotif from Williams.

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  15. chloë holt Author

    i was writing an essay on film scores and this channel has been such a wonderful tool, thank you for being a wonderful time-capsule of information.

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  16. chzzyg269 Author

    You do such a great job on these videos. Please tell me you'll make more. I just discovered this channel a week ago and it takes me back to film school, and the study of creating moving art. I miss having these types of discussions with other filmmakers. For example, on the topic of soundtracks, I once had a professor that hated music in film unless it was strictly motivated and called for. Otherwise, he thought music was more of a meaningless brainwashing tool used to tell viewers how they're supposed to feel about a cinematic element, rather than letting the film speak for itself.

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