Using Film Music | Man of Steel Trailer
The superhero trend will not die! Not that I’m complaining… I’m not just a Score Guru, I’m a Movie Geek as well. Marvel Studios has movies dated up until 2015, and now that DC has made billions of dollars on Batman, they plan to strike ‘nerd gold’ again with their upcoming retelling of the ‘Man of Steel’, helmed by ‘300’ director Zak Snyder.
So, they want to retell the story of Superman, but this time expose the emotional side to make you feel for him. What better way than to use the most heart-wrenching cue, The Bridge of Khazad Dum, from Howard Shore’s Academy Award winning score to ‘Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring’? This is such a perfect blend of image and music; I’m actually shocked this track hasn’t been licensed before. The minimal use of solo voice over light orchestral chords is so powerful on it’s own, and quite frankly it could be used over any imagery and still make you choke up.
The trailer itself was a big hit, winning the Key Art Awards 2012 (which I was at) for best teaser and one of the awards for best music; not too shabby if you ask me. It just goes to show that if you want the best music for your trailers, you need to license film music! SHAMELESS PLUG, but with proof to back up that statement. (Self high five!)
Using Film Music is Score Revolution’s blog column that explores how existing film music has been licensed throughout media. It is written by Score Revolution’s own Score Guru, Lucius Dillon. License film music through the Score Revolution Website.