Question by kick: Song suggestions? ?
I’m in a film making class and I’m currently working on this mafia piece. It’s only one scene that I’m filming, but it’s to be presented in such a way as if it were an excerpt of a full movie.
In this scene, the don is passive-aggressively questioning one of his mobsters. There’s more then a little ambiguity here, the focus is less on the plot and more about character dynamic and sinister tone.
I want to have music in the background, but I’m not quite sure what I can add without distracting from the dialogue. It also must contribute to the overall tone, which as I mentioned, is sinister.
I’m considering using some sort of (ironically soothing) classical piano music, but I’m not sure which song to use.
[Fur Elise? or is that too trite?]
If you have any suggestions, or other ideas, let me know. :}
Answer by Tio
I would suggest an aria, perhaps by Mozart or Puccini.
Here’s a famous one by Puccini, which has turned up in a lot of movies:
For something ironically soothing and without vocals – maybe Bach’s “Air”?
Or the Andante movement from Mozart’s Piano Concerto n.21:
If you want something that sounds sinister, plenty of 20th century music fits the bill, but some of it might be too obtrusive. You could try someone like John Cage’s prepared piano works, which are often quiet but unsettling:
Hopefully that at least gives you a starting point. Good luck!
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