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Sep 12, 2011 06:29 |  #1

When you guys produce a short piece, what do you set first?


I find I look for a great audio track and then tailor my shots to that track?


I gather this may be the wrong way to go about it.


What do you do?




  
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Sep 12, 2011 06:37 |  #2

i am a composer and i have worked the other way around.
My friend sent me the video and i wrote the music for it.
Of course in some place it did not "fit" exactly, so in the end we made some adjustments (mostly in the video, length of some scenes,...) to make it work well together!

But when you are working with some track that is already 100% finished, then i imagine it is easier to make the way you do! ;)




  
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Sep 12, 2011 20:28 |  #3

Tailor shots to tracks. The music will also give you a tempo and mood :)


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Sep 12, 2011 22:26 |  #4

I always cut the video down first, then add music to it. Although this method causes a lot of pain when you want to have certain parts of a scene match with specific parts of a song


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Sep 14, 2011 00:19 as a reply to  @ NeverFollow's post |  #5

I can't say that it's always the same. There are some projects where the video content drives the editing process and it's a matter of finding a piece of music that helps tell the story. I just finished one where that was the case. The piece I found was perfect in every way, tempo, pacing, length, mood, expression, etc.

At other times the music drives the story along and takes on a more leading role. There might be for for example a piece of music that captures the moment you are trying to create and cutting the video to it is the way to go.

Sometimes it really doesn't matter and you can allow the video and music to play off each other.

All in all I guess I'm trying to say it depends on your project. Story is king. Let the story help make the decision.


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Sep 14, 2011 08:49 |  #6

As most of us don't have the skill, or facilities, to generate a bespoke score I think you have to have a pretty good idea of what style of music you want even if you haven't nailed it down to a specific piece - the style will, of course, be relative to the content.
The music sets, or enhances, the feel be it laid back, long lingering shots and extended fade throughs with gentle pulled focuses etc or fast urgent jump cuts etc.
Having the score for a short also helps to prompt and time scene change and (if the music changes) through pace and feel allowing the video to progress.
So, probably, have an idea how the edit will look first, choose the music to suit the idea, then edit in sympathy to the music is my favoured route.


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