Medieval fantasy is my overall favorite genre. It incorporates a fantasy setting and a ficticious version of history from such time periods. Examples include Lord of the Rings, Ranger’s Apprentice, The Chronicles of Narnia, Robin Hood, The Name of the Wind, The Chronicles of Prydain, the Inheritance Cycle, etc. Pretty much anything that has to do with castles, dragons, rangers, epic battles and journeys on horseback. Stereotypically speaking, there are usually heroic persons in mysterious hoods, capes, and/or cloaks, ancient British Isles settings, a sad lack of technology with an abundance of magical superpowers and prehistoic weapons, you get the picture.
We writers. We all get those days when we begin to wonder if our mind has left us. Devoid of ideas and suffering from lack of motivation, we sit around, staring at a blank piece of paper or an empty Word document. We search for our characters, hoping they haven’t ditched us yet. We begin to wonder if we’ve myth-busted Writer’s Block.
And then BOOM, something hits us and we begin fumbling madly with our pencil, shrieking with excitement, starting a typing craze. This symptom is commonly known as “inspiration,” and it arrives from various different sources, all of which have proven successful for many writers to keep on writing, to keep doing what they must get done.
Here is a list I have put together of ten different types of inspiration that I know have helped me. Depending on my mood or situation, some work better than others, but most of the time, I welcome anything to get my mind spinning again.
All film score composers are inspired by classical artists. Especially for the traditionally orchestral film composers, of course it’s going to sound classical, they use the orchestra after all. For example, John Williams’s style is more classical than contemporary and a lot of his scores are in the classical style; he even writes sonatas and symphonies! But other times it’s so obvious you can even hear a distinct tune that you know came from a classical piece. This is what Hans Zimmer does. Not only does he take just mere elements from classical music, but the tune, the song itself, and makes it his style. One of the songs he does this with is “To the Opera” from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows to accompany an action scene involving an opera and the score fits in perfectly with the movie. You can read about that in the post “To the Opera!” – A Hans Zimmer/Mozart Mash-up Score. Another example I’m focusing on in this post is “Lone Ranger Finale” or “The Lone Ranger Theme.”
The film score is a very important part of movies today. This is partly because of their ability to convey certain emotions in different scenes. If it’s an action scene, you’re going to hear a lot of suspenseful, high strung music. If it’s a romance scene, the music is going to be sweet and most likely relaxing. Music alone can make you want to cry, laugh, dance, wonder, be horrified, sit on the edge of our seats, or (like me) wave your arms around and call it “conducting.” With no music, particular movie scenes would come across as less meaningful; something is missing.
Quick, try to think, out of all the film composers who exist in the whole world today, which one is the ‘best’, and most well-known. Probably eight out of ten of most people would think: Hans Zimmer. If you did, it was a good guess. If the names of all the film composers who still compose today were to be assembled, two impressive figures would stand out as most prominent: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Really, it is hard to select only one of the two when it comes to the matter of who is the ‘best’ or ‘most well-known’. John Williams and Hans Zimmer are very different; they are famous for different reasons, and also prominent for different reasons. A comparison is certainly needed here…and though an argument could be made for ‘John Williams over Hans Zimmer’ on a list from greatest to least, all I will do here is compare the two:
Finally, a post on a film score. Haven’t done too much music discussions, so I decided to do one now, on one of my favorite film scores: “To the Opera!” By Hans Zimmer from Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
I love many different varieties and genres of music, from heavy metal instrumentals to classical, from indie pop to Celtic lullabies. Two of my main favorite genres are classical and film scores, so what’s better than a classical/Hans Zimmer mash-up, such as this particular film score?
Today’s subject is film scores. Don’t forget to check out my recent guest post about writing from emotions in music (specifically film scores) on Hannah’s blog. Thank you Hannah for letting me post! Someday you’ll be seeing a guest post on here written by Hannah herself. Her posts are helpful, inspiring, funny, and just plain awesome and it’s a privilege to exchange writing with her.
So, I am super excited because there is a documentary coming out… on film scores! Doesn’t get better than that. In this documentary, film score composers will be interviewed and talk about their careers … thus, the title: Score: A Film Music Documentary. … The story behind what I argue is one of the most important aspect in movies: the music. If you’re into film scores or movie soundtracks, you should definitely see this.Read More »
Since this is my first post, and since my blog is called Tea with Tumnus, I thought it would be fitting to write up a little something about the faun from Narnia and the song he plays on his pipe, called the Narnia Lullaby.Read More »