Choosing the Right Music. Watch me edit LIVE.


This is an LIVE example of what I like to call, the 'dig deep' method of finding the right music. Because getting the music wrong, can be ruinous for a video.

In this edit, I wanted to create an expectation with my audience. And wanted some tension too. But it was a light-hearted scene, so too much tension could easily be misplaced. And that would set the wrong mood. But I was also eager about what was confronting me. So what I had to deal with were several conflicting emotions. And because music has such a profound effect on the audience's emotions, getting an already mixed up emotion right with the choice of music was going to be a challenge.

This is an actual live editing event. It's not rehearsed and not planned. I literally sat down to edit my video, and within a few minutes realised that this was going to make a good teaching moment. This is my favourite part of the filmmaking process, and for me, the rewards of a good edit are unsurpassed in terms of personal job gratification. 

Watch as my mind works to establish the story and mood to be created, go looking for music and eventually edit the scene. I did turn the camera off at one point because finding the perfect music can be laborious and time consuming. In this case finding the music took about two hours. I've edited this teaching moment down to around 30 minutes, but have included all the important decisions and decision-making processes that I used.

Enjoy the show.

August 2021.


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