Moby Loves Independent Filmmakers

For independent filmmakers and artists, the quest for new and royalty-free music sources is endless and exhausting. I was surprised, actually overjoyed, to find this resource from musical artist Moby recently:

http://www.mobygratis.com/

According to the site, these selections from Moby’s catalog are free to “non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short.” Moby has scored or had music featured in Heat (1995), Cool World (1992), Scream (1996), and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) to name a few, and now can also be in the soundtrack and credits of your independent film.

You must create an account on the site and “apply” for permission to use the track in your non-profit work. I requested one last week for a work-in-progress and received approval within several days. Awesome!

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Virtual Reality Storytelling

I’m always excited about the possibilities of new art forms and mediums, but I am probably more excited about Werner Herzog investigating one of the latest trending technologies: virtual reality storytelling. Video games are an obvious outlet for this technology, but this article on The Wrap discusses some of the storytelling possibilities for filmmakers.

“One of the biggest differences between cinema and Virtual Reality is editing. “There are many cuts in traditional filmmaking, but in VR, a cut becomes a big statement. It’s disorienting,” explained Lajeunesse. “Camera movement is a convention in cinema. But to move the camera in VR is to move a viewer against their will. You have to justify every cut and movement because you’re nurturing presence.”

Read More: http://www.thewrap.com/virtual-reality-storytelling-is-trending-in-hollywood-felix-paul-studios-latest-to-jump-on-bandwagon/

NASA Sounds from Space

Having recently discussed sound in film, I thought this would make a good followup. Check out this article from CreateDigitalMusic.com about NASA’s recently released sound library:

http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/10/nasa-posts-huge-library-space-sounds-youre-free-use/

https://soundcloud.com/nasa

The quality of some of these sounds is questionable – they all have a sort of low-fi transistor radio feel to them – but I’m imagining them being used precisely for that atmosphere (pardon the pun). These will make great background sound effects or ambiance for space-themed scenes, particularly where the sounds are supposed to feel like radio transmissions.

Create Digital Music’s article also touches on a legal discussion, which is always enlightening. Nasa’s page on SoundCloud has links to their “Use Policy,” which is probably the most important thing you should look for any time you’re using content you didn’t create personally.