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Some Highlights from “The Music of Rogue One” Panel at SWCO17 (aka the panel that blew my mind)

So since I can’t find any filmed version of the “Music of Rogue One” panel with David W. Collins I’ll post some of the highlights here. I’m a music theory nerd myself but I was surrounded by people who have never paid attention to music analysis and were still moved to tears so I encourage everyone to check this out (and watch the panel please if it’s ever made available.)

  • the Panel began with Collins discussing the legacy of John Williams and the Star Wars main theme specifically. He discussed how it was originally meant to be Luke Skywalker’s theme, and how that interpretation can still hold true considering Star Wars is the Skywalker Saga
  • The coolest thing pointed out re the main theme is that it’s musical construction mirrors the structure of the Hero’s Journey, the monomyth structure that all of Star Wars revolves around. It rises suddenly with the call to adventure, then builds with the journey, drops during the abyss, is reborn with another musical rise, then returns to the beginning. Collins emphasized that Williams is without a doubt a musical genius and that Michael Giacchino had a big challenge in making a score that lived up to William’s legacy while standing on it’s own. This was a challenge he more than met, as this panel made clear.
  • Now moving on to Rogue One, Collin’s discussed the title theme “Hope.” This theme is clearly heard over the title of the film, during Jyn’s big speech to the Rebellion, and throughout the film.
  • Collins pointed out that, like the main Star Wars theme, “Hope” echos the structure of the film itself. There are heroic major key moments in the theme, but it ends in a melancholy way that almost sounds unfinished. It represents the sacrifice at the center of the film. This is a story of incredible heroism that merely paves the way for others to finish the journey. 
  • Collins moved on to discuss the musical themes for each character in Rogue One, with a lot of focus on Jyn’s theme. Jyn’s theme is the most frequently heard piece along with “Hope” in the film. In fact, we hear it three times in the film’s prologue alone.
  • The fascinating thing Collins pointed out is Giacchino’s use of Dies Irae throughout the score. Dies Irae, or Day of Wrath, is the medieval hym describing the end of the world. It is sung during funeral masses and musically is quoted widely to represent death
  • EVERY CHARACTER THEME IN ROGUE ONE IS STRUCTURED AROUND DIES IRAE. Jyn, Chirrut, Baze, even Krennic, ALL OF THEM
  • Giacchino was signaling from the beginning that this is a story about death. He wrote the sacrifice of these characters right into their themes.
  • A notable use of Dies Irae beyond character themes is it’s repetition as Cassian and Jyn begin to climb the tower in the archive during the climax. The first two notes of Dies Irae are repeated as they do so. When Krennic walks down the hallway with his Death Troopers, all three notes play (death literally chasing them). And when Jyn almost drops, than catches the data tapes, Dies Irae is replaced by “Hope”
  • Jyn’s theme in particular is a melancholy theme centered on Dies Irae, but with a lovely, lullaby like feeling. It tells you from the beginning that Jyn’s is a story of hope and inspiration but also death and sacrifice.
  • An interesting use of Jyn’s theme and “Hope” together is during Jyn’s speech to the Rebellion. First we here “Hope” swell as Jyn speaks to the Rebels. Then when her speech is shot down, the theme drops, replaced by Jyn’s theme. This represents that it is Jyn herself who inspires the sacrifice that will eventually bring on the Hope. Jyn is the hope.
  • Another mind blowing moment was a musical parallel that Collins pointed out with the character of Bodhi Rook. In the scene where he recalls his mission, repeating “I’m the pilot, I brought the message,” listen for the flutes. That exact same flute theme plays in A New Hope when Luke discovers Leia’s message hidden in R2. By doing this,  Giacchino is directly mapping the journey of “the message.” Bodhi receives the message of the Death Star and how it can be destroyed from Galen, he brings it to Jyn, who with Rogue One, transmit the message, which ends up in the hands of Leia, then to R2, then to Luke, who must return it to the Rebellion. Those flutes represent the origin of the message with Bodhi through to A New Hope.
  • This panel was full of mind blowing moments, but the most mind blowing moment by far was another musical connection to A New Hope. After we had become very familiar with Jyn’s theme over the course of the panel, Collin’s played a scene from A New Hope for us. It was the moment when Obi-Wan asks Luke to come with him to Alderaan and Luke resists. When Obi-Wan says he’s getting too old for this sort of thing, Jyn’s theme plays clearly under Luke’s hesitation. In the original context, a hint of Dies Irae was WIlliam’s way of foreshadowing Obi-Wan’s death, but after Giacchino used that musical queue to build Jyn’s theme, it suddenly has deeper meaning. It’s Jyn’s sacrifice calling to Luke, compelling him to be the hope she fought for. And it is connecting Obi-Wan’s eventual sacrifice with that of Jyn and her comrades.  
  • Collins also highlighted how Giacchino’s score for the final moments of the film, from Jyn’s confrontation with Krennic through the arrival of Vader and the death of Jyn and Cassian, is unconventional and incredibly effective. Jyn’s confrontation with Krennic is silent, no music, unexpected for such a key moment. Only when Cassian appears does the music return. And throughout the final sequence, as we witness horrifying destruction, death. the arrival of the Death Star and Vader’s Star Destroyer, the score stays distant, gentle, melancholy. It does not highlight the horror. It steps back and mourns over it, like the eyes of history or the Force itself, honoring the sacrifice. 
  • So yeah Giacchino’s score for Rogue One is brilliant, Williams’ music for Star Wars is brilliant, this panel was brilliant, and I can never get enough of analyzing Star Wars scores.

anonymous asked:

Hey Ghost Parent! im cosplaying Crispy Boi and Amygdala's rag doll and im gonna be doing a lot of very graphic SFX with blood and burns for them and was just wondering if i could send them too you? I dont want to send you something that would make you uncomfortable

DUDE PLS SHOW ME THAT SOUNDS SO COOL i honestly think its like the coolest thing ever when ppl include graphic details w/ their cosplays when its fitting,,,,,,,

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1) jessicalpz_design Pardon my face but I got to meet @t22felton (a.k.a Draco Malfoy) And he liked the fan art I gave to him! 🙈😭😭!! .

2) syedahmedzan hour agoHad a great day at #svcc2017 . Tom Felton from #harrypotter and #flash was so much fun. #celebrity #selfie #dracomalfoy #juliandorn

3) cinisyren133 hours agoFantastic Breads and Where to Find Them (‘sir, did you mean to look down?’) #siliconvalleycomiccon #dracomalfoy #slytherinpride #fantasticbeasts#fantasticcosplay @t22felton

4) sararenee.xo4 hours agooh yeah, and we also met Tom Felton, which was, you know, the highlight of my dayhe called us lovelies and I happen to have the same shirt as he does so yeah it was only the coolest thing ever💚🐍

5) nataliemaryy2 hours agowhen u meet ur slytherin bf and he hugs you and calls you darling and acts like he’s known you forever *heart eyes forever* #slytherinpride

6) thatguyhenry5 hours agoMe with Tom Felton aka Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter Flims. 😱😱 #svcc

anonymous asked:

can u pretty please write a preference on how the boys would react to u getting ur nose pierced :-)

Joji

I reckon Joji would think it was the coolest thing ever tbh, I can imagine him being really into piercings and such. He would probably think your piercings matched in some weird way and would buy you a black nose ring to match with his earring. When he first sees it he would probably be like “Oh shit!! That’s so awesome!” and ask you about whether it hurt or not, before going on to discuss future piercings you’re both planning on getting. Also, after seeing how great your nose piercing looks he would probably want to get one himself.

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Max

I think Max would probably freak out at first and say something like “What the fuck is that?? It looks like a giant glittery pimple” and you’d have to yell at him to stop being so stupid. But when he looks at it properly I reckon he’d be so fascinated with it and ask you all sorts of questions, like whether it will get in the way if you have to blow your nose and other daft questions like that. He would be quite surprised that you got it but after a while would think it’s the hottest thing ever and makes you look really badass, which only turns him on ;)

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Ian

He would be so surprised, the poor love, and probably wouldn’t understand why you got it. I imagine Ian as the kind of person to not bother with stuff that’s unnecessary, so he would probably see you nose piercing as something like that. But after explaining to him why you got it and how much you love it, he would grow to love it too. If it makes you happy then it’s bound to make him happy and he wants nothing more than that. He would be really wary of you looking after it properly and would remind you to clean it, but he would also have a weird habit of booping your nose and flicking the piercing (as long as it doesn’t hurt!) just bc he finds it cute.

Hey M! (I hope this submit of a picture is working…) So… I went to Ikea today and they had a cactus plushie!!! I immediately thought of your and your anon’s plan of giving Shawn some cacti at a m&g and I just had to buy it. It’s actually about 30cm high (you can’t see it very well in this picture so… yeah…). All I can say is that I’m 18 years old and I definitely not regret buying this cactus plushie. Also I couldn’t find a fitting name for it yet, but hey I’ve got a cactus plushie!

I DONT THINK I HAVE EVER BEEN THIS JEALOUS OF A PLUSHIE OR HAPPY THAT IT MADE YOU THINK OF ME??? ITS THE COOLEST THING EVER - M
Greek Pantheon Asks
  • Aphrodite: What do you love most about yourself?
  • Apollo: Do you have any talents?
  • Ares: What small thing makes you angry?
  • Artemis: What are you hunting for in life?
  • Athena: What is/was your best school subject?
  • Demeter: Do you miss anyone?
  • Dionysus: Do you drink alcohol? If so, what's your beverage of choice?
  • Eros: How do you define your sexuality?
  • Gaia: Where's your favorite place in the world?
  • Hades: Have you ever had a near-death experience?
  • Hecate: What do you think of magic?
  • Helios: Do you sunburn easily?
  • Hephaestus: What's the coolest thing you've ever made or built?
  • Hera: Are you the jealous type?
  • Hermes: Have you ever stolen anything?
  • Hestia: Where's your home away from home?
  • Hyperion: Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?
  • Hypnos: What was your most recent dream about?
  • Iris: What's your favorite color palate?
  • Kronos: What's the stupidest thing you've ever eaten?
  • Nemesis: What's a time you helped deliver justice?
  • Nike: What's your most recent accomplishment?
  • Nyx: What's your favorite nighttime activity?
  • Pan: What do you do for fun?
  • Persephone: What's your favorite season of the year?
  • Poseidon: What's your favorite sea creature?
  • Rhea: What's your favorite type of nature?
  • Selene: What's your favorite phase of the moon?
  • Tartarus: What's your personal hell?
  • Thanatos: Is there anyone you just really, really hate?
  • Uranus: What are your zodiac signs?
  • Zeus: What do you think about thunderstorms?
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my mains + their pokemon

the choices are kind of biased 

I’ll have better photos later but hey!!! I finished it!! 

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@captainmeggiesparrowDUDE!!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I CAN’T I’M CRYING THIS IS SO???!!!!! THE CROWN!! IT’S SPARKLING SO BEAUTIFULLY!! AND AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH THIS IS AMAZING!!! I LOVE IT!! I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE MORE PICTURES!!

it’s a very unrealistic expectation but luke and rey abandoning the light-dark dichotomy and becoming ultra-wise dai bendu monks perfectly in tune with the universe and imbued with hyper-gnosis of the living force is the coolest thing i can imagine