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More Sound…?

As well as a soundtrack, Emelia and I planned to include the nursery rhyme ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’. However, we could not find this specific nursery rhyme anywhere on the internet. Because of this, we knew that we would have to make this music ourselves. Because of this, we booked out one of the music rooms at school and some recording equipment from our media teachers. We then asked one of our peers whether or not he could play it for us whilst we recorded… he said that he would be happy to help! We sent him this in advance…

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Oliver was happy to help and so we began recording. As a practice we asked Oliver to play a piece off the top of his head so that we could find the perfect spot to record from. In the background you can hear Emelia and I moving the recorder around as we found listened for the correct place to have it when recording ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’. Here is the practice piece…

After this, we asked Oliver to play ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ as it is usually played. We asked him to do this as we planned to incorporate an original version towards the beginning of our opening in contrast to a slower version towards the end. Here is the normal version…

We then asked Oliver to play a more minor version. I suggested that he play an octave or two higher as often in horror films nursery rhymes are played in a much higher key as this sounds eery and mysterious. Emelia and I planned to use this piece towards the end as the girl finds her dead Mother’s body…

In the end, Emelia and I decided against using ‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ in our film opening. We imported the pieces into Final Cut Pro X and edited them into our opening. However, they did not sound right and didn’t fit with the flow of our film opening and so we decided not to include them. On the other hand, had we not tried it out we would have always been wondering whether or not it was going to work!

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Finding Music…

Initially, Emelia and I had planned to compose and perform our own music for the task. However, we had not realised how little time we would have and so have decided to go back on this idea! Instead, we have decided to look for uncopyrighted, free music online. Emelia and I took our time looking for this music as we feel that the soundtrack is a hugely important aspect of a film. Not only does it add layers and depth to the film, but it conveys emotions and allows the audience to connect to the film.

What type of music were we looking for?

Due to the melancholic and sorrowful tone of our film opening, Emelia and I were not looking for a busy, loud and cheerful soundtrack. Rather, we were looking for a simple, soft and calm soundtrack. When watching other films, often in the sad parts the soundtrack involves a piano and little else. Because of this knowledge, and the known effect that this has on the audience, Emelia and I wanted a soundtrack containing a piano solo and little else.

Where to look?

There are various sites on the internet that allows you to listen to and download music. However, Emelia and I had to make sure that the songs we were finding were definitely free to use. Because of this, we used some well known websites for this. These include…

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  • Freeplay Music… http://www.freeplaymusic.com

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  • Jamendo Music… https://www.jamendo.com/search

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Plus many more. However, the website that Emelia and I found most useful was Audio Network (https://www.audionetwork.com)…

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We found this website the most useful as the search filters were extremely specific. Emelia and I found ourselves listening to songs from all categories.

Final choice for soundtrack… 

When searching in the ambient/instrumental/piano section… I found ‘Empty’ by Helen Jane Long. This song was perfect! It contained a sombre piano melody that Emelia and I could imagine fitting perfectly well within our two minute film opening. It is also fairly quiet which is perfect because it means that when playing, the audience will also be able to hear the diegetic sounds such as the footsteps and leaves crunching. However, audio network only gave us the option to buy the song. When telling one of our teachers about this at school, he told us about Audio Network LGFL; this is for schools and schoolwork only. Luckily for us, our chosen song was also on this version of Audio Network and so we could download it to use in our media project for free! Emelia and I are happy with this soundtrack and feel as though it will help us to set the correct tone for our audience.

 

Nursery Rhymes…

Emelia and I have decided to include a nursery rhyme at the beginning and end of our film opening. We have chosen to use a nursery rhyme for different reasons.

We are using a nursery rhyme at the beginning of our opening in order to display the innocence, young age and naïvety of the young girl. We have also chosen to use a nursery rhyme, rather than a pop song for example, because nursery rhymes are widely known and have connotations with the age of the girl. As well as this, in various other films in the genre of a thriller nursery rhymes are often used to inflict uncomfort upon the audience. The girl will hum the tune of the nursery rhyme whilst playing with her toys and wandering around the house. At first, Emelia and I did not think very much about which nursery rhyme to use, however, from the feedback on our first version of the script we have realised that this is in fact an important aspect of our video. Firstly, we chose ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’…

However after listening to this nursery rhyme and receiving feedback from our teacher, we were not sure that this was the correct nursery rhyme for our opening. Our teacher recommended ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. Emelia and I liked this idea as it could have some creepy connotations and could be made to sound creepy quite easily. At the beginning of our opening, our character will hum the tune as it originally is in order to display her innocence…

For the nursery rhyme at the end of our film opening we have decided to keep the same song as this will tie together our opening. However, we would like to use an altered version that may seem distorted and creepy. We feel as though this would be effective when using the nursery rhyme of ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ as the lyrics in it could be perceived as slightly disturbing. Here is an example of a creepier version of the popular nursery rhyme…

The song is simple as a man is simply singing the original nursery rhyme. However, when sang in a mellow and minor key with a hushed, slow voice the song sounds a lot more creepy. Without the upbeat music and with various uncomfortable sounding squeaks and noises in the background you can focus upon the strange lyrics. This adds tension and a sense of horror…

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about.
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them frolic on their holiday

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

If you go down to the woods today,
You’d better not go alone!
It’s lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home!

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them frolic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.