Sneaky Sountracks

Have you ever watched a TV show or movie with the sound on mute? You lose the dialogue between characters, but did you also notice that you lose the soundtrack (the music in the background) which is key to adding ambiance (a certain tone or feeling) to the scene? To show you how important music is in TV and movies, watch the following re-made trailers.

I hope most of you have seen the Disney musical, “Mary Poppins”; a story about a magic nanny who comes to work for a banker’s unhappy family. It really is a feel-good, family movie with lots of dancing and catchy tunes–I recommend seeing it!… but someone has edited the footage and most importantly, changed the music, so that the following trailer makes the movie seem very scary!

“The Shining” is about a family who heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees terrifying forebodings from the past and the future. This film is classified as a Horror Movie–I DO NOT recommend that children watch the original movie… but again, someone has edited the footage and used a Phil Collins tune to take the edge off of this trailer!

What are you going to be this Hallowe’en?
What sounds/instruments did the “Scary Mary” trailer use to make it sound frightful?
What sounds/instruments did the “Shining” trailer use to make it sound happy?

At your next lesson, tell me the edited titles of both trailers.


3 thoughts on “Sneaky Sountracks

  1. This Hallowe’en, I’m going to dress up as a vampire.

    The Scary Mary trailer used the sound of wind, echoing voices, and sudden loud parts to make it sound scary.

    My Mom says that the Shining trailer used bouncy music from the middle notes on the piano to make it sound happy.

  2. This halloween I’m going to be the Grim Reaper. The Scary Mary trailer used bells, high strings, wind, and echoing voices. Shining used Pop music.

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