In my theatre class we were asked to name what we believe is the most important thing about a piece. Many said direction or good actors, I said the script. Reason being, a good script is always mind-blowing (case in point: Pulp Fiction or basically anything by Tarantino) but a bad one ruins all other aspects of a piece (case in point: Suicide Squad.)
Then I kept thinking about the question I realized that the most magical films are the ones that surprise you with aspects that you didn’t know you wanted. The other day my friend asked me what my ideal man would be. And I, along with a long long list of requirements said that the most important thing is that he dosen’t need me to grow up, but he still needs me in his life- I make him want to do better and be better, and he does the same for me. ”My ideal would be for him to look to me as the dream he never realized he had.” I think movies have the power to deliver that quality. The power to make us feel as if we got caught of guard by a dream we didn’t realize we had. The most magical experience is when the feelings I’m introduced to as I watch a movie are ones I didn't realize I wanted, or even had. When the piece of art make me feel connected to a deeper part of myself. The star cross lover of that experience is of course: film music.
Creating theme music for a project must be extremely exhausting. Reason being because you are so connected to the art of imagination and that is such a vulnerable place to be in. That creative space is very draining, but also probably what made you fall in love with the art of expression in the first place. And to many, the creativity is an outlet for pain. Channeling the struggles of your life in a project, although it’s usually involuntary, is one of the bravest things one could do because it confronts the pain head-on.
When I listen to my favorite soundtrack of all time: The lion King, I can truly feel the pain of the writer, Hans Zimmer. His deep connection to the characters is so apparent that I can’t help but cry every time I see the movie or hear the soundtrack. The music catches me of guard every single time, and I’m continuously baffled by how sounds without direct words can communicate such expression and tell a whole story alone. The Lion King might not have reached the bones of everyone else the same way it did for me, because the connection is so personal. Nonetheless it allows me to emphasize the power of film music and how it exemplifies the secrets to a good film. The greatest projects are created ignorant to speed of process, fame and money. The best films, even though it sounds pretentious and naive, are great because of the love and respect for the art that infuses the result. Giving the space for love and time is always within reach if we just let ourselves go there.
I would like to think that movies and plays and concerts and photography/art-galleries and albums and street art and books and poems etc, aren’t just created for commercial reason. I would like to believe that they are created because complicated people found a way to channel their love and relieve their pain. Because this way the world of expression dosen’t exclude anyone. And It makes us connect with each other- isn’t that the whole point?