Choosing Background Music for Short Films
Finding and using musicFinding music these days couldn’t be easier – do a quick web search by genre or price, and you’ll return a wealth of possibilities. The real problem is finding music that you can use for videos online. You see, most new music is protected by copyrights that prevent you from redistributing it in videos. When you search for music, you want to look for “royalty free” options. You can find royalty free online music on sites like:
Deciding on musicDo a little research before downloading or using background music for your video clips. Just because you really like a song, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for the short films you’re working on. Find other videos similar to the one you’re putting together and pay close attention to the music they’ve chosen. Is it fast-paced and active, slow and methodical? The beat, tone and flow of the music should match what’s happening in the show. You wouldn’t want to use an upbeat piece of music for a sad video clip!
Making your own musicIf you have a lot of talent, you may want to consider making your own music for your video clips. Make a recording of yourself playing the piano or guitar, singing a song or performing in a band. The nice thing about creating your own music is that you don’t have to worry about licensing rights, plus you can create the tone and pace to match your video precisely.
Article by Laura Williams