The other night, I was editing parts of the W.E.M. game. I was a little frustrated because I felt like the content I’ve got from interviews was great and the game was highly emotional, yet after watching it again and again and again (with all kinds of minor tweaks), I wasn’t happy with the way it was turning out.
Then I threw a music sample behind it.
Wow is all I could think. I’ve heard in the past that music makes a movie. You don’t really realize it until you’re right there able to toggle it on and off.
One struggle I’ve had is trying to figure out what to do with music. I’m BIG into music and have been for as long as I can remember. Ideally, I’d love to just throw the songs in there that I feel fit.
But, I can’t. Some people have said “why don’t you just buy the song on iTunes?” I’m afraid that it just doesn’t work that way. When you buy a song on iTunes, you’re buying a licensed copy of the song. That license says you can play it, transfer it between devices, burn it to a cd, and yadda yadda. What you can’t do is just spend four dollars and now have a Jay-Z song, a Kanye West song, a U2 song and a Beatles song in your film.
So how much would it cost? Honestly – you wouldn’t want to know. I was reading an article about music rights in documentaries the other day. One filmmaker talked about how they almost had to scrap (or did scrap… I can’t remember) an important scene in the movie because a cellphone went off. The cellphone ringtone was 6-7 seconds of “Gonna Fly Now” from the movie Rocky. How much did they want to charge to license it for the movie? Here’s a hint: if you guessed $5,000, your not even halfway there. They wanted over $10,000 to include it in the film. So you are looking at over $1,000 per second for a ringtone. Care to wonder what it would cost for me to put approximately 70 minutes worth of music into a film? Me neither. With a budget of $0, it wasn’t even worth my time to check.
On a tangent here, I’d be curious how much of that $10,000 goes towards Bill Conti, Sly Stallone, or anyone responsible for making it a hit versus some fat cat record exec who’s been busy suing middle schoolers and soccer moms for the past ten years?
Anyway, I’ve been reaching out to a lot of local bands. I’ve heard a couple say yes so far (which is fantastic – thank you guys so much), had a few emails/messages either no looked at or ignored and at least nobody has said no yet.
As for the score – its going to be 100% me. Friends of mine (and especially former band teachers) are probably gasping for air right now. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve, though, and at the very least, I can assure you it will be… tolerable. Hopefully someone will even say it wasn’t bad.
John Williams probably doesn’t have to worry his job is in jeopardy, though.This entry was posted in Blog by brent and comments are closed.