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Directing the Documentary, 6th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 34

USING MUSIC AND WORKING WITH A COMPOSER

 

WHERE TO USE MUSIC

USING MUSIC TO REVEAL HIDDEN DIMENSIONS

Documentaries, like fiction films, often use music to build tension, facilitate a transition, or enliven material that is lackluster. In fact, music can suggest what cannot be seen, and this might be a character’s interior mood, expectations, or withheld feelings. Such a character is the 82-year-old central character in Pernilla Rose Grønkjær’s lyrical and delicate The Monastery: Mr Vig and the Nun (Denmark, 2006). The retired parish priest Mr. Vig remarks poignantly that, during all his long life, he has never known love. He is now trying to donate his decrepit rural castle as a future monastery, and arriving to claim it is a Russian ...

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