Music can complement characters

Music Tips for Filmmaker

We all know the Imperial March from Star Wars that plays practically every time we see Darth Vader on screen. This can be either a theme or a motif. Themes are well developed musical ideas – think the Raiders March from the Indian Jones movies. A motif is more of a snippet, it tends to be shorter than a fully developed theme, or sometimes it’s just part of a theme – think Jaws, all you need to hear is 2 notes and there it is. Using themes and/or motifs for specific characters can be a very effective way to further your story, but like all things, overdoing it can lessen the impact. Keep in mind not every character necessarily needs a motif, and you don’t have to use the motif every single time you see the character, you can keep it for key moments.

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