Felix Pando: Musical talent is key to a good film

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WE CAN’T CONCEIVE OF A FILM WITHOUT A SOUNDTRACK. FELIX PANDO AND THE WORLD OF CINEMA THROUGH MUSIC

FELIX PANDO CREATED IN “OFFICIAL TRAILER” CINEMATIC MUSIC THAT PLAYS THROUGHOUT THE SCENES, THAT LINK SEQUENCES OF SCENES AND THAT HELP US UNDERSTAND AND INTERPRET HOW A CHARACTER MAY FEEL AT A CERTAIN MOMENT OR RECOGNIZE A MOMENT OF SUSPENSE, TERROR OR ROMANCE

What is a soundtrack?

A soundtrack is a film music composed especially for the cinema. This type of music has a double function: to reinforce the meaning of the ideas that, on their own, images are not capable of expressing and, in turn, to establish a continuous narrative link in the cinematographic discourse, helping to give credibility to the action.

Soundtracks “sound” the images and thus transmit to the viewer the soundscape that gives credibility to a scene. It is very common to use the term original soundtrack (OST) to refer only to the music used in a film, as it is the most interesting sound part.

Do you know the origin of soundtracks in cinema?

In 1908 the first original soundtrack in the history of cinema was born. It was created especially to reinforce the expressiveness of certain passages of a film. Composers Camille Saint-Saëns and Mihail Ippolitov-Ivanov were commissioned to create original scores for the films The Assassination of the Duke of Guise and Stenka Razin.

Elements that are part of a cinematic soundtrack.

The opening theme corresponds to the music that accompanies the opening credits, so if these titles are preceded by images and music, this music would not, in principle, be an opening theme unless it began before the credits and was developed in them.

Background or incidental music is music that, by definition, is not diegetic. It doesn’t come from natural sources, but from abstract ones. The viewer can’t recognize where she comes from and the characters don’t hear her. It doesn’t make realistic sense and is set in places as vague as the environment, psychology or emotions of the characters. Its duration does not respond to criteria of accuracy, but is extended according to the needs of each scene, and can be interrupted and resumed much later.

The closing music corresponds to the music that accompanies the end credit titles. Therefore, if no music was inserted in these titles, the last music played in the film would not be considered a final theme. Of course, the final theme can start before the end credits and be developed in them. It can be different, identical, or a variation on the initial theme.

External sounds that are recorded independently of the film and added in the post-production process. They add volume and intensity so that, for example, the impact of an action is greater.

What are the functions of a good soundtrack in movies?

It serves as a reinforcement or intensification of different moments. It can replace unnecessary dialogue and acts as a counterpoint to the images. It is integrated into the general, dramatic and aesthetic tone of the cinematographic work.

It sustains the structure of the narrative giving a sense of continuity to the film. It also serves on many occasions as a neutral background to fill in empty passages and unify the editing of the different scenes.

It helps to influence the feelings and emotions that the viewer experiences throughout the film, modifying the meaning of the image or anticipating a certain situation. They create a certain psychological effect. The music reinforces the action on the screen by loading a scene with tension, joy or sadness to bring the emotion of the characters closer to the viewer.

The music amplifies and explains the image in the most emotional sense. It helps to create and reinforce certain atmospheres to give a sense of reality to the viewer in certain scenes and situations. Soundtracks also help to create the right atmosphere for the action to unfold. The composers adapt the music to the time and context of the film.

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