So yesterday I was having some issues with what track to use on my showreel, and while some people may think that it is the content and not the music that is important when putting together a showreel, I feel that the music plays a vital role in not only the style, tone and emotion of the reel, but also in the way it is actually cut.
I like to cut to the music, to start with the track itself and work from there, matching footage to the music, so that it cuts on the beat, providing a link between shots that would otherwise never be able to sit side by side in the timeline, since they have been taken out of the context in which they were originally created.
As I stated yesterday, I wanted to find a track that was just an instrumental piece, with no lyrics that could over-complicate and confuse the visuals. I thought back to my work placement at Tiger Aspect Productions and remembered that whilst I was there I went through many a disc of music just like this, as I was searching for a track for their new showreel. I contacted the people I worked with and, generous lovely legends that they are, they sent over a mass amount of tracks (over 200!) for me to play with. Amazing. Now I just have to choose one. I’ve spent the afternoon narrowing it down and have come up with a list of 5 top choices:
1. Ellie Goulding – The Writer
2. Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
3. Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
4. Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
5. Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work
I think my favourite is Cosmic Love, as it has so many levels and different beats to cut to…but I’ll try it with a few and see what I think.