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Filmmaking for Newbies: Issue 001

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  • On 26/03/2019

I've often been asked about how someone can get a foot in into "Film Twitter" or just being a film enthusiast in general. And I think the answer is simple; have genuine love for movies, do your research, write down everything you can and learn from others. I know some people may not know where to even begin, though, so here's a very simple "starter" series that might help you equip yourself with basic knowledge on your way to "film buff" status.


What is a Chamber Piece?

A Chamber Piece is a film involving a small number of characters interacting over a short period of time in a limited environment. Additional characters and environments may exist as support to the main action but would be few in number and appear only briefly. This type of film is meant to highlight human nature at its rawest.

Ingmar Bergman gave birth to Chamber films
Bergman's goal with these films was to rediscover the essence of theatre through imitating the interaction and juxtaposition of musical instruments in a chamber orchestra. In visual terms, this translated into a small group of characters remaining in a single setting and interplaying for the duration of the film.

Chamber piece is also known as chamber film or chamber drama. See below for some of the best chamber pieces to watch.


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My Dinner With Andre (Directed by Louis Malle, 1981)


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Secret Honor (Directed by Robert Altman, 1984)


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Don's Plum (Directed by R.D. Robb, 2001)


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Persona (Directed by Ingmar Bergman, 1966)

The difference between score and soundtrack

A score is music composed for the movie to support its scenes, especially pivotal emotional scenes. Typically, a film score consists of orchestras, usually live, but that is not always the case. The composer works with the director to synchronize the musical cues with the picture. Without the movie, the musical score would not exist. Composers like John Williams, the legendary Hans Zimmer, and Ennio Morricone create movie scores and are as well-regarded in the success of the movies as the director, writers and actors.

A soundtrack, on the other hand, is a compilation of musical pieces that already exist, or are specifically recorded to support the movie without embedding the particular songs or compositions in the film itself. Sometimes, certain songs from a soundtrack that best fit the theme for the scene in question will be chosen to be in the movie. An example of this is certain songs from the Black Panther soundtrack, that was curated by Kendrick Lamar, featuring in the movie itself. But even without being in the movie, unlike a score, a soundtrack would still exist. Another example of this is both the score and the soundtrack for Black Panther are available in all streaming platforms; Black Panther: The Album (soundtrack curated by Kendrick), and Black Panther: Original Motion Picture Score composed by Lugwig Göransson (who now has an Oscar for this score).

So, a score is the original music composed to be embedded in the movie. The score only includes instrumental music that accompanies the scenes and action of the movie. While the soundtrack exists outside of the movie and refers to a release with songs from or associated with the movie, usually for commercial use. To be clearer, the score is the music composed to play under the scenes. A soundtrack can often include complementary popular music and may not be original to the movie.

Composers You Should Know


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Hans Zimmer

Films: Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


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Alexandre Desplat

Films: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo


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Michael Giacchino

Films: War for the Planet of the Apes, The Incredibles, Ratatouille


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Dario Marianelli

Films: V for Vendetta, Kubo, Paddington 2


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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Films: The Revenant, The Last Emperor, Femme Fatale


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