" I am a filmmaker but I am less of a visual person, I am more of an audio person and I think any song, soundtrack or any kind of music suddenly will take front and center for me. It can change my mood, it can slow me down, it can speed me up, it can get me thinking about what's important, it makes me reflect on life, and I feel like the art of music, and how it communicates to people who love music, it's just a really special relationship. I don't think everyone is like that but I am defiantly like that .
I think it's critical because the emotion of a story is carried by the music, it lets audiences know, hopefully, if it's not heavy handed, it let's them know in a subtle way how they should feel about a story moment. Though, if you are trying too hard with the music, it can backfire, where it feels manipulative, so you're walking a tightrope with it, but I think music can really bring an audience closer to the story and your themes and they won't even know it is happening…when it's done right."
- Gary Lundgren
" It's crucial. Being a musician, it's my connection to something we don't see, it is intuitive… it enhances the emotional element to performances."
- Norman Austin
" Music is important to me mostly because of its' inspiration and energy . It's a way to help motivate me. I think the biggest thing as far as using music in film and media is the energy that it brings to productions. It can totally change the entire feel of a piece by what music you use, it can really help bring emotions out ."
- Darren Campbell
" Music is really important because, as a hypnotherapist, I utilize it as an aid to help people to calm down. Music is very soothing and for dementia, it can be used as a therapy. Music expresses the feelings of the actors in movies, and the audience makes the connection to the movie through that emotion. After one has been emotionally impacted by a movie, they tell their friends about the movie and their friends are inspired to see the movie for themselves. It is often the movies that have great music as a foundation that do well at box offices. "
- Patrice Carington, Medical Hypnotherapist / Neuroscience Student
" It enriches every experience that you have, I don't think you can live without music. The way I think about music and sound , as an editor, is that it is 50% of what you are experiencing, so it is as important as what you are seeing, in my opinion."
- Jayson Wynkoop
"Music speaks to me emotionally, it can recall certain periods of my life, it brings up a certain emotion or memory that can help me out creatively. It adds so much more to the storyline or the content that you are trying to get across, it can make it richer and more meaningful, sometimes you don't even need words, there can just be music."
- Lia Dugal , Actor / Director
" I think we all have a running soundtrack going on thorough our lives, it may or may not have anything to do with what's going on in your life right then but when it is it's an awesome experience. Frankly, I would find it weird without music anymore, it is such a part of the whole experience. In those rare occasions where you see a movie without music you notice it, but for setting the tone, the mood and to give the audience non-verbal cues about what's going on, I think it's absolutely vital."
- Michael Meyer
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