If you’re heading out to see a movie over the holidays, pay attention to the music you hear in the trailers for upcoming films. The Daily Beast explains why.
Scoring an entire movie can be a taxing assignment, but boiling down its most important moments into a two-minute piece of music is its own unique art form. You have to successfully hit the film’s highs and lows in 120 seconds, all within a studio’s specific guidelines, and you have to do it without sacrificing the spirit of the movie.
These projects—which can cost anywhere from $500 to $50,000, depending on the length of the trailer, where it will be seen, and the number of musicians required––will often need to be completed in a truncated period of time. That includes brainstorming, composing, hiring an orchestra, and recording the piece, sometimes in the span of a few days.