Thursday - Module 15 - Movie Music

Featured Topic: "The Hobbitt"

Module 15: Motion Picture Music: Due Sunday, May 22
READ: Module 15.1-15.5: Motion Picture Music
ASSIGNMENT: Module 15.4: Jobs In The Motion Picture Industry
QUIZ: Module 15.5: Motion Picture Music Quiz

Hello Everyone!

Today and tomorrow I will be sending out Assignment Reports, so please be sure to check out your email to see what you might be missing.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to ask and I will be happy to help!

*The last day of the semester is Friday, May 27.

Have a great day!
Mrs. Moncrief

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"The Hobbit"

Okay so yes I am a J.R.R. Tolkien geek! I saw triple feature movie marathon of (9+ hours) to see the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. It was tiring, but definitely worth it! I was thinking about our Module of Motion Picture Music, and you could definitely "feel" all the concepts we have discussed in the many fields mentioned in this one movie. If you took away the fantastic story, the amazing filming and sets, the incredible action/battle scenes and just plain adventure to focus on the music, I honestly could not imagine this movie going well if it were a Silent Movie. The music and sound are integral parts of this movie, and I do not think it could function without them, as composer, Howard Shore again for the 5th time weaves his magic!

Let's explore ....

Every time the Orcs are nearby from the horrible shrill shrieks from both they and the Wargs that they ride. The elves announce themselves with the sheep's horn they trumpet. There is a musical line we have come to know when we are in the Shire, home of Bilbo Baggins, as well as when we visit Rivendale, home to the elves. As we explore the beginnings of the Necromancer and when he begins to gather the Orcs to form an army, there are certain sounds and music which represent this location. Smaug comes equipped with his own special sound-effects, and then of course there is that cursed little ring that has it's own musical motif every time it becomes seen as well as when it is placed on Bilbo's finger.

That is just a small list, but in my humble opinion this film truly represents the many things we have studied, and although I am a little bit bias, maybe you should check it out for yourself and we could compare notes! It should be good!