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Film Music Study & Revision Guide

Full 19-page Study & Revision Guide booklet to support Area of Study:

 “Film Music”

·               Provides all underpinning knowledge as covered in the new GCSE (9-1) Music 2016 specifications (excluding set works due to copyright).  

·               Key facts covering The Purpose of Film Music, A Short History of Film Music, How Film Music was Produced and Diegetic and Non-Diegetic Film Music.

·               Includes section on Video Game Music

·               Summary Table consolidates key musical features of Film Music in Westerns, Horror Films, Animated Cartoons, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Magical and Supernatural films and Thriller/Spy/Action/Adventure Films. 

·               Key Words definitions highlight key musical vocabulary in relation to Film Music

·               Learning Outcomes consolidate learning and act as a means of tracking pupil progress.

·               Download the completed Study & Revision guide HERE and the blank version HERE (or click on the related images).

Film Music GCSE-style Listening Questions

A booklet of 10 GCSE-style Listening Questions to support Area of Study:

 “Film Music”

·               Pupil answer booklet

·               Teacher mark scheme

·               Accompanying audio tracks

·               Includes two longer prose-style response questions

·               Includes music from video games and the Western Classical tradition

Film Music - “Haunted House” - Musical Contexts Composing Brief Resources

Three short “Animated” ‘Haunted House’ videos (hopefully suitable for Years 10 & 11!) to assist and inspire the “Haunted House” Film Music composing brief.  Each video is given in two formats (both without sound obviously!):

·               The “original” - preceded by the Musical Contexts “countdown timer” and accompanied by an on-screen timer throughout.

·               The “original” accompanied by on-screen composing prompts to help pupils identify different points within the ‘film’ where sounds and music could be used in different ways to support and enhance the on-screen image.  These are purely given as “starting points” and pupils should be encouraged to identify suitable points within each ‘film’, giving suggestions as to how they see sound and music being used.

Storyboards and Cue Sheets haven’t been given, since by GCSE-level, pupils should be able to create and use these composing tools based on knowledge of prior learning (see Musical Contexts Secondary/Key Stage 3 Unit - “Soundtracks”).  The on-screen timer allows pupils to create detailed Cue Sheets, if desired, and the on-screen timer also gives the option of “playing along ‘to the film’”. 

These ‘Haunted House’ videos can be used as a starting point for pupils to initially identify and create musical ideas which can then be developed further into a longer or more complex ‘Haunted House film score’ which may ultimately be performed independently of the ‘film’. 

For those who prefer an “actual” ‘Haunted House’ film clip, here’s an edit (just under 3 minutes) of “Lila exploring the ‘Psycho House’” from the ending of Psycho.  The film falls into three sections - the approach to the ‘Haunted House’, exploring the ‘Haunted House Bedroom’ and the final chase and descent to the cellar (I’ve faded out the moment before “Mother” is revealed!)  Presented, as above, with an on-screen timer, composing prompt ideas and also the original giving Bernard Hermann’s original sparsely-scored strings soundtrack.  This could provide stimulus for the creation of a LEITMOTIF for the female character as well as a theme or motif for the ‘Haunted House’ itself (major vs. minor - good vs. evil?) which can then be varied and manipulated as the film sequence progresses.

“Haunted House” - Composing Ideas

I’ll present this neater, but just wanted to get it online in the first instance!  Some ideas (a ‘Haunted House Film Music Composer’s “Toolkit”’) giving some of the most common and frequently used compositional musical devices “associated with” Film Music used in Horror Films.  This may help direct pupils to using SOME of the many given ways of adapting the “Elements of Music” in their ‘Haunted House’ Film Music compositions. 

 

Musical Contexts “Haunted House” and ‘Horror Movies’ Film Music “DOITNOW’s” Presentation

This selection of “DOITNOW” activities from Musical Contexts is designed to help and support the “Haunted House” composing brief by exploring a range of pieces from the ‘Horror Film’ genre by existing composers.  It is hoped that pupils will gain an understanding of the more popular musical devices which have become “associated with” Horror Movie Film Music.  The slides contain a range of activities that include Listening, Appraising and Analysis as well as Performing and Composing starting points.  Whiteboards are encouraged (though by no means essential!) as a means of responding to many of the activities and suggested answers and supporting teachers notes are given in the “slide comments” sections.  All supporting Audio and Video files are “embedded” and can be used direct from the slides (may take a while to download!)

 

 

 

 

 

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 1

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 2

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 3

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 4

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 5

 

 

 

 

 

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 6

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 7

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 8

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 9

Film Music

GCSE-style Listening Question 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haunted House Video 1 (.mp4)

with on-screen timer

Haunted House Video 1 (.mp4) with on-screen composing prompts

Haunted House Video 2 (.mp4)

with on-screen timer

Haunted House Video 2 (.mp4) with on-screen composing prompts

Haunted House Video 3 (.mp4)

with on-screen timer

Haunted House Video 3 (.mp4) with on-screen composing prompts

 

 

 

Haunted ‘Psycho’ House Video 4 (.mp4)

with on-screen timer

Haunted ‘Psycho’ House Video 4 (.mp4)

with on-screen composing prompts

Haunted ‘Psycho’ House Video 4 (.mp4)

with Bernard Hermann’s original soundtrack