Music and Films

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The choices made when choosing music for films are vital to how a story is told on the screen. No one needs reminding about the shrieking strings used in the shower scene of Hitchcock's Psycho, or the countless themes composed by John Williams.

I grew up in a very musical family. My mum played the violin and piano, my sister played the flute and piano, I played the violin and piano, and my dad played the saxophone, piano, drums and accordion. People called us The Von Trapp Family.

When I was 10 my mum bought me the soundtrack to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In my teens I became a fan of Scorsese and Tarantino, and they became my inspiration when I was given my first camcorder. At the age of 22, I now own over 300 soundtracks. It would be a challenge to pick out my favourites. Soundtracks for Drive, Rain Man, Good Will Hunting, A Single Man are a few that come to mind.

Making my first few shorts, I had an awareness of how music can make a character stronger. In Priest (2010), I found a quirky little tune to add to unconventional nature that surrounded my subject.

I got the idea for Dawid and Dominik when I found the music.The striking chords from the accordion inspired me to make the story of the father and son. Pie Money was slightly different. The Hawaiin music heard at the start of the film was used to create a contrast between the lonely, isolated life lived by the protagonist, and the bouncy, happy music. It was also a small reference to the soundtrack of The Descendants, the film which partly inspired the character of Jack.

One of my favourite jobs at Fuzzy Duck is choosing the music for the films we make. Whether its a promotional film for a Hat company, or an internal video for a corporate company, the music is still as important.

As my love for film music grows, I believe my ability to find the right music to a film is growing, and I look forward to the challenges I'll face in the future.

About the author


Andy Salamonczyk is a short film director from South-East England. He graduated with a first class honours in Media Production from Staffordshire University, and has had films screened at Empire Leicester Square, the BFI and BAFTA HQ, and picking up several awards including Shooting People's Film of the Month award…

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