Blockbuster Soundtracks: An Audiovisual Essay

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Below is a short audiovisual essay by Ella Finch “exploring the emergence of pop soundtracks (Ghostbusters) in the new era of Hollywood blockbusters (’80s), and the evolution of ‘epic’ music scores (John Williams), becoming cult and key commercial points of films.”

As John Williams is quoted in an interview with Film Score Monthly in 1977, “I don’t think we ever had in the history of the record industry or a film business something that was so non-pop…reach an audience that size.”

The video was made as part of an assignment for a 1st year Film History module at UEA.


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