To those who have not heard Hans Zimmer’s work, I’ve provided a link to have a quick listen. This piece is my personal favourite from the albumn.
The harmony between the soundtrack, acting and directing in Christopeher Nolan’s film Interstllar are all what make this piece truly special.
I always love a film that pushes the boundaries of realism. When you listen to a number of soundtracks you can notice which ones were used to aid a scene (to not stand out) and which soundtracks were made to create big moments and story. Interstellar uses bold music to get some beautiful moments with the actors. It’s like the music takes control of the moment and when done correctly, it’s beautiful. In this piece you can hear when the music takes ‘control’ of the moment, and from then on I’m being taken to a place that is far more exciting than a realism scene.
So what do I mean by taking control.
When an actor’s movement and/or voice matches the intensity of the soundtrack.
An example of these connections are in the moments leading to when Dr. Brand (Anne Hathway) realises that the ‘mountain’ is in fact an enormous wave. When the team first land on Miller’s planet, you can hear the tick of the beginning soundtrack as Cooper tells the team to, “hurry up.” The soundtrack evokes more pressure from the acting and the plot. With each realisation Dr Brand has, her facial expression become more tensed and worried. Again, the soundtrack enhances this feeling by building up- you’ll see with each new realisation there is a new bar of music. This harmony comes from the perfect rhythm between all aspects of the scene.
In summary, I love the harmony in this scene and its soundtrack. Here’s a link to see what I’m talking about:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7OVqXm7_Pk&t=150s
Tip: If acting in film ustilise the use of sound and make sure that both your movement and the music are building up to the same thing. It will make the plot more coherent and exciting at the same time.