‘Interstellar’ Alternate Soundtrack


FMP Research

The research that I embedded in this blog post clearly demonstrates how my idea and vision for my film has progressed throughout the project. The very first videos’ are videos that I watched just for a bit of inspiration and to see what kind of sound and music films are out their. The first set of video’s that I watched are video’s that focus on sound designers or people who work on sound, one focal subject. My first idea was to follow a sound designer and shadow them for a bit. I then started developing my idea slowly. I wanted to make the video for relatable for everyone watching. I wanted to pose a question to the audience and get them thinking. I started looking at experiments that I could conduct as part of my FMP. I then started thinking about the psychology of sound and why people feel certain way’s because of music.

Suggestions from other people:-

Boom Rhode (video Dom showed me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwFS69nA-1w‘First Day of My Life’

https://vimeo.com/81027175 ‘No Internet Week’

My research

http://documentaryheaven.com/what-the-future-sounded-like/‘What the future sounded like’

http://documentaryheaven.com/sounds-for-the-city/‘Sounds for the City’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tlMb7rgokU ‘Do these sounds make you angry?’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QUU8ZISDXc‘The Beats by Dre social experiment’

https://vimeo.com/103694372‘The sound of COS’

https://vimeo.com/81750995‘Portrait of a sound design artist’

https://vimeo.com/78213028‘Justin Boyd: Sound and time’

At this point in the research I started to look more at the psychology of sound and music as opposed to fully shadowing a sound designer. I also started to look at experiments that involve sound and music, in order to gain some ideas about possible experiments that I could conduct.

http://www.amplifon.co.uk/resources/impact-of-sound-on-the-brain/Impact of sound on the brain

http://www.medicaldaily.com/fundamental-link-between-emotions-and-sound-perception-identified-new-study-247281Fundamental link between sound and emotions identified in new study

http://www.livescience.com/8426-brain-link-sounds-smells-memory-revealed.htmlBrain’s link between sounds, smells and memory revealed

http://www.hookedonmusic.org.uk/ Hooked on music

http://biology.allaboutbirds.org/birds-got-swing-a-musical-experiment/ – ‘Bird’s got swing: A musical experiment’

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologyexperiments/a/music-and-personality-experiment.htm  – Music and personality experiment

http://films.nfb.ca/capturing-reality/Capturing reality

Their are several interviews on this site where people talk about sound and music.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150109-does-sound-affect-your-tasteDoes sound affect your taste

http://www.andrewcrago.com/sosv/src/Sounds of street view

http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/watch-dazzling-light-projections-captured-against-a-malibu-backdropSuburbia set’s the backdrop for this visual sound experiment

http://gizmodo.com/this-mp3-experiment-shows-what-2-000-smartphone-speaker-1640827886This MP3 experiment show’s what 2000 smartphone speakers sound like

I think at this point in the research, I had pretty much abandoned the possibility of conducting an experiment and possibly looking more at the reasons and explanations as to the psychology of sound and music and why we feel certain ways after listening to music and hearing certain sounds. I think that by offering an explanation it would be interesting but overall it would be frustrating because I think that everyone wants to believe more in the magic of music and it’s power and that people are less interested in why people feel certain ways and are more interested in hearing what people think about music and why it is important to them.

https://vimeo.com/110060525 – ‘The importance of Sound’

https://vimeo.com/122442366 – ‘The importance of sound in cinema: Oscar winners’

The questions in this video are similar to the questions that I want to be asking the subjects of my film.

http://www.bizu.tv/magic-behind-music-how-sound-waves-cause-emotion-74291How sound waves cause emotion

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SePL2w5f6dE‘The scientific power of music’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65e2qScV_K8‘The science of emotions’

At this point in the research I had slightly altered my idea. I decided to pose more of an overall theme. The theme an argument and a question; computer based music vs orchestra/acoustic recordings and the future of the music and film industries. This was because I thought that I would make my FMP more interview based but have more of a theme and a question as opposed to a loosely structured narrative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfCmoEixxro‘Martin Garrix in the studio with future music’

This video is a good example of the section of the video where I want Richard to brake down one of the tracks that he has made. It in an in depth look at the creative process and the creative ideas behind creating music.

http://soundworkscollection.com/videos/zackhemsey – ‘Composer Zack Hemsey’

This is the kind of video that I am going for. Only it will be harder seeing as their will be more than one subject. The questions asked in this video are also similar to the questions that I want to be asking. Their is also a good in depth look at the creation of music using software. This video also features similar shots to the ones that I am hoping for.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5nvrdkLQ14Girl listening to music on headphones


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYU18eiiFt4‘Meet the sonic artist making music with plants: Sound builders’


https://vimeo.com/90252137‘The gloves that will ‘change the way we make music’, with Imogen Heap’

https://vimeo.com/49703790‘The music man: Steve James’

https://vimeo.com/83841326‘Composer Fil Eisler’

This video includes several features that I am aiming for. This video also features similar shots to the ones that I am hoping for.

https://vimeo.com/56700549‘The composer’


Music tracks from Soundcloud, available to modify commercially and download with permission

Crew List

13th May – Lee – Me and Ben

13th May – Richard – Me

14th May  Jordan – Me

During the shoots when it is just me and the subject. I will only be using one camera to film the interviews. So what I may do is I will line up the camera to film them from the angle I want and then I will move positions to face them as if I am the interviewer and then tell the subject to keep facing that position. Then I will return to the camera to see how it looks and when good, I will leave the camera to film. And I will sit where the subject is facing, so I know how it looks on the camera.


Introduction – No visual sequence (music and sound only)


Sound’s place in society – Subject’s talking about sounds place in society


Computer based sound production – Subjects talking about computer based software and it’s place in the industry

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Classical orchestral composing – Subjects talk about the future of classical composing




Final sequence – Subjects talk about what it is like to work with sound on a day to day basis and what sound mean to them


End – End on quote about sound



FMP additional shot ideas

These were a few ideas that I came up with when thinking about additonal shots that I could get which would have been filmed on different days to the shoots with Lee, Jordan, and Richard

100_0552D2 Intro shot. blank screen. Listen…

545856537 Sitting on a bench, listening to music. Interacting (dancing, miming, bobbing head, etc). Staring straight at the camera. Medium close up.

durant Final Shot. Close up. Someone starts placing some headphones over their ears. Their eyes close as the headphones go over their ears. Cut to black. End.

chamber_orchestra I could record a small orchestra performance.

East-Side I could record a sequence of various first person shots. These shots could pan forward as I walk forwards with the camera, to make the audience feel like they are ones who are walking.

Appearance_of_sky_for_weather_forecast,_Dhaka,_Bangladesh I could film a time-lapse of the sky and only the sky. This means that it can act similarly to the no visual sequence, but mix things up a bit. It wouldn’t be visually distracting for a film about sound seeing as it would be the same shot for 1/2 a minute or so, while someone talks over it.