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A short history of filmmaking 7 – music and musicals

16/05

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Filmmaking as we know it really took off in the 1930s, with the emergence of sound, continuity editing and color (it appeared at the end of the 1930′s, even though the share of black and white movies remained substantial until late 1950s at least). This period is known as the Golden Age of Hollywood, as this American studio dominated the film scene at that time. Actors, writers, directors and technicians were employed full-time by studios making one movie after another and building ad-hoc studio buildings to do all the filming there instead of actually existing locations.

These years, a lot of musicals were made. This was due to a variety of reasons. Firstly, the fact that ┬ámovies were able to use sounds meant that studios wanted to expose their audiences to as much sound as possible – and what can do it better than a musical? The second reason was popularity of stage musicals. A lot of movies were adaptations of stage shows, which was easy too as the script and music was already there. The third reason was the large production value of musicals. A lot of dancers, wonderful costumes and sets – the perfect way to show the glamour of the movies and give people something to enjoy in those days when the real world was much less happy and friendly.

So, have you ever thought of making a musical movie? Why not try it out using Together! Here’s what you could do:

- Make your own video clip. Use an existing song, decide on a story for your clip, film it and add the music later on – it’s all very easy to do with the Together app.

- Make a video clip or musical movie in which actors sing? Use lip sync. Play the song and have them lip sync to it during filming. Later on, you will be able to edit this very precisely; when you add the entire song to Together and then edit the images on top of it, it will all work out very well. Think of Dubsmash, which works the same way but with just one short sound file.

- Let people sing live in your movie. If this is what you want, and it’s not too complicated music-wise (for instance someone singing alone or with just a guitar), you can simply film this with your mobile device and use Denoise later on to clear the file from any unwanted background noise. If you’re looking for something more, shooting a full-scale band or multiple singers, you’d rather consider an extra mike to attain the best results.

Enjoy making your own musical movie – after all, it’s been one of the most loved genres for decades!

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