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Movie Music Unit


Part I: Just For Fun
See if you can name all of the movies Mrs. Carpel plays music from!!
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Part II: Why is it so famous, anyway?


As Mrs. Carpel shows you each film clip, answer the following questions.
1. In the opening scene of Jaws, what causes the audience to have the
feeling that Jaws is getting closer?

2. In the scene between Professor Snape and Harry Potter from Harry Potter
and the Sorcerers Stone, what roles do sound and silence play?

3. Using the Hevner Adjective Circle, assign a letter to the opening music
from Pirates of the Caribbean. Why do you think it feels that way? (Tempo,
dynamics?)

4. Now assign a letter to this scene from the classic movie Gone with the
Wind. How is the music different, and how does that affect the way that you
feel?

Vocabulary You Need to Know (As in its probably going to be on a


quiz, hint, hint)
Briefly define each word and give a movie example of each.
Overture
Definition:
Movie:
Silence
Definition:
Movie:
Transitional Music
Definition:
Movie:
Underscoring
Definition:
Movie:
Motive/Theme
Definition:
Movie:
Mood
Definition:
Movie:

Hope youre reeling with joy over this project!


1. Pick an appropriate scene (i.e., no vulgar language or suggestive content)
from a movie that has some kind of music in it.
2. You may use YouTube (and email Mrs. Carpel the link) or bring a DVD that
you rent or own from home.

3. Your assignment is to create a film log and present it to the class. Below is
an example of a film log for you to model yours from
Film Log Example
Title: Danger Point
Year: 1938
Director: David McHugh
Composer: Boris Brodsky
Starring: Roger Martin and Wilma Starr

Tim
e

Visual/Storyline

Music/Sounds

0:00 Paramount logo

Paramount theme music: Symphony


orchestra; Noble, majestic

0:10 Screen is black

Silence

0:15 A dark street in a big


city;

Sudden silence / Gun shots / A scream

0:30 Title sequence: White


letters over dark
background; Camera
pans over deserted city
streets

Symphony orchestra: Theme stated loudly


by low-register instruments (cellos, basses,
low brass); It seems to be in a minor key;
The tempo is slow to medium paced (80
bpm) but it has a strongly accented beat.
The music helps communicate a threatening
mood

Your 3-5 minute presentation should include:


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At least one vocabulary term from the list above


A description of the scene (whats happening, whos involved, etc.)
Set it up for us!
A description of the music
Tell us why you think the music is effective (in other words, what is the
musics role in the scenethis includes the use of silence)