Music: I started off with the idea of using some exiting quick classic guitar song played and written by my uncle which is a guitarist, but then I decided it wasn’t the appropriate theme song for my film especially if I’m trying to give an idea of dark, mysterious, modern, catchy city like London. So I ended up choosing a techno track from one of my friends creations. He works for a Sound Production Company and his Art name is DJ PParanoia. I chose a specific song right because it had several xylophone notes that could have helped introduce shots or titles. I could roughly say that my title sequence is entirely based on cutting the image to the music beat in order to show as many shots of the city as possible and attracting the viewer’s attention with colourful glowing images and transitions.
Initially the chosen track was too long for my title sequence, but I really wanted it as the theme song, so I decided to modify the track by cutting a middle part and making it shorter, without losing the best parts and the catchy drops the song had. This idea of cutting to the beat really quickly sometimes could cause some problems. Since the timing is the first and most important thing, it has to be perfect; the software allowed me to see the timing up to 00,00,01 which is really precise option. Apart from this I based the timing of the shots even thanks to my ears and capacity of understanding the beat. Thanks to this I managed to adjust things that were timed wrongly.
To edit the music I used a software called Cochise Studio my producer friend advised me to use, it was easy to understand where to cut: techno song are mainly created by repetitive sounds that are played many times one after the other to create a flow; the only thing I had to do was to recognize the parts that were the same and cut them as if there were less in order to make the song little shorter. The software looks complex but its easy to get your head around, you just need to listed to a songs on the software and play around with the options without fearing about doing something wrong.
Throughout all the Title Sequence the sound is non-diagetic, I decided to take away the background sounds in the shots mainly because it was noise polluted all the time and it would have confused the viewers ideas and damaged the quality of the sound in general.
The Sound: Unfortunately shooting in a city like London is very difficult to control the sound, the traffic is constant movement, the hundreds of people on the pavements don’t care what you’re doing and everything is out of control. But i personally like this theme the city gives us of never sleep, always living and never stopping! Giving the viewers the pleasure of going around the city without hearing any unpleasant noises, is something they want to feel or try at least once, they are attracted by this basic but captivating feature.
By chosing a techno song i wanted to achieve a catchy and enthralling sound to offer the audience, i wanted them to be carried away by the flow, images related to the sound, creating a deep and mesmerizing and hypnotic flow to be fully enjoyed. The xylophones notes really helped me to give this misty, spooky theme to it, and entrance the spectators watching it. The speed of the track helped me in terms of visual entertainment, because I could easily match it with the images and follow the flow I wanted.