Study: 43% of Americans Would Rather Watch a Movie Premiere at Home Instead of the Cinema

There’s nothing like the feeling of sitting down in a cinema with a bag of popcorn and a soda, and experiencing the premiere of a film with a crowd. At the same time, there’s nothing like the feeling of relaxing with a couple of close friends, or alone, and streaming a movie that was just released in the comforts of your home.

Both statements are correct, however, people are a little bit divided regarding which of the two they actually prefer. At Cutting Room Music, we got curious to see just how divided the preferences of movie lovers are in 2021, so we created a survey and asked all the right questions. With the whole COVID-19 situation still unfolding, it didn’t come as a surprise that, if they had the chance, 43% of Americans would prefer to pay a fee and watch the premiere of a movie in the comforts of their home, rather than going to the cinema.

Currently, some streaming services provide this luxury,” but it’s still unclear if this trend is here to stay, or if it’s just a passing phase. With this survey, we tried to find out how the pandemic, frequent shelter-ins, the temporary closing of cinemas, and the rise of streaming services have affected the audience’s preference when it comes to movie premieres. The results we obtained are pretty interesting, and we’re excited to share them with you.

32% of Americans don’t like going to the cinema

With the pandemic still unfolding, some people are not yet comfortable enough to go to a movie theater. Even though 32% of movie lovers still choose to not go to the cinema, 20% say they enjoy seeing a flick at the movie theater at least once a month. 17% say they go to the cinema twice a month, while 16% go between 2 and 5 movies per month. 

Overall, 37% of the respondents reported they watch at least 1 movie each month, at home or at the cinema. 25% said they watch between 5 and 10 movies each month, and 18% said they watch more than 15 movies each month. That’s a lot of movies!

72% of film lovers say straight-to-streaming-service releases affected their habit of going to the movies

The rise of streaming services had already started “threatening”  theatrical releases even before the pandemic. A couple of years ago, companies like Netflix and Amazon Prime started hashing out numerous movies, exclusive to their platform. Slowly, people embraced the idea of watching a brand new movie straight from their living room. The pandemic only escalated this trend, and some theaters were even at the brink of closing in 2020.

Now, 72% of film lovers say straight-to-streaming-service movie releases affected people’s habits of going to the cinema. It’s quite a high percentage, and with more streaming companies deciding to release movies both at the cinema and on their platform at the same time, more and more people will choose to skip theatrical releases. Marvel’s Black Widow was one of the first release experiments of this year, being available to watch both at the cinema and on Disney+ starting July 9. Although it was well-received, backlash followed soon after.

Before the pandemic, 63% of film lovers went to the cinema more often

Before COVID, cinemas were usually packed, especially at big-budget releases. Things have changed since then, and now, movie theaters are slightly emptier. Some of this has to do with both the audience’s preference of watching movies at home, but also with ongoing indoor restrictions in some areas. Nonetheless, 63% of our respondents said they used to go to the cinema much more frequently a couple of years ago.

When asked what they prefer to do now when one of their highly anticipated movies releases, 30% of the survey respondents said they choose to see the film on opening weekend, or even the day of release. 25% said they prefer waiting for a digital release, so they can watch it in the comforts of their home. 

If they had the chance, 43% of film enthusiasts would pay a fee to watch a movie premiere on a streaming service

Even though almost half of the survey respondents say they enjoy watching the premiere of a movie at home, 20% still prefer to go to the cinema. However, 37% would mix it up, and depending on the movie, they would watch it at home or at the movie theater. 

We mentioned the release of Black Widow on Disney+ in one of the previous sections, however, Disney+ isn’t the only streaming service to have released a huge production both on its platform and at the cinema. In 2021, Warner Brothers decided to release their movies both on HBO MAX and in movie theaters—on the same date. 47% of the survey respondents said they’ve seen some HBO MAX premieres at home, and really enjoyed them.

Those who enjoy watching the premiere of a highly anticipated movie at home choose to do so because it’s more comfortable and convenient, it’s safer, they can take breaks whenever they want, and love the fact that other people don’t distract them.

On the flipside, cinema lovers enjoy the big screen, the sound effects, audience reactions and the overall atmosphere of the cinema.

Where would Americans watch 2021’s most anticipated movies?

When asked which movies are they most excited about in the last months of 2021, the respondents said they can’t wait to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Matrix Resurrections, No Time To Die and DUNE. 

Although most of the survey suggests that people would prefer watching movie premieres at home, huge blockbusters can still pack cinemas for multiple weeks and weekends. When asked where would our respondents see the upcoming Fall/Winter blockbusters, 57% said they would go to the cinema, while 43% would watch the films at home.

When it comes to streaming platforms, 44% say their top choice is Netflix, 22% prefer Amazon Prime, 13% like HBO MAX and 12% enjoy Hulu.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt the pandemic has almost completely altered the habits of movie lovers. Most people nowadays prefer to see films at home, and if given the opportunity, they would even pay a fee for the chance of watching the premiere of a movie from the comforts of their couch. However, huge blockbuster releases still have the power to persuade people to the cinema. Although streaming services are changing the game, it’s safe to say that cinemas aren’t closing anytime soon; it’s just that a few seats might stay empty.

Methodology

The survey was created with Google Forms, and distributed with Pollfish in the United States.

Six Actors Who Went Above and Beyond To Learn an Instrument for Their Role

Envisioning the music that will play key elements in a movie is no small feat for writers, producers, directors and composers. Composing a score for a feature-length film, as well as assembling artists and musicians for an original soundtrack requires a lot of coordination, planning and experience. When “live” music also plays a key role in a film, and songs need to be performed on camera, another challenge has to be overcome—this time, by the actors. Acting is challenging on its own, but the idea of learning to play a musical instrument for a role can make the job that much harder for the actor.

Mastering an instrument can take years of dedication, but sometimes actors are expected to learn to play the piano, guitar or drums in only 6 months. This takes countless hours of work and perseverance, and actors are often put through harsh practice sessions just to have them prepared for several key scenes. However, the final result is usually astonishing, and tremendously enhances the authenticity of the film. At Cutting Room Music, we decided to take a look at several of our favorite actors who went above and beyond to learn an instrument and make their movies as authentic as possible.

Our favorite six actors who learned to play a musical instruments for their roles

We all love listening to music, but the ones who understand its craft or play an instrument themselves appreciate it tenfold. The actors mentioned below have no doubt gone to cherish music even more after the credits rolled on their movies, reminiscing the rigorous training sessions they withstood in order to get here.

Adrian Brody – The Pianist

The Pianist centers around Polish virtuoso Wladyslaw Szpilman in German-occupied Poland during World War II, who manages to survive both the Holocaust and the destruction of Warsaw. For this role, Brody was expected to learn to play the piano to a high standard. Director Roman Polanski insisted he practice the instrument every day, both before the shoot and during, to portray the most authentic Szpilman ever to be seen on screen. The hard work paid off, earning Adrian Brody an Oscar in 2003 for his incredible performance.

Miles Teller – Whiplash

Whiplash tells the story of a young drummer with dreams of greatness who enrolls to a harsh conservatory where he is mentored by a relentless instructor. Andrew, played by Teller, is subject to endure pure cruelty by instructor Terrence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), who will stop at nothing to realize Andrew’s full potential. They both deliver stunning performances, and Miles Teller’s drumming skills add enormous value to the project. Although Miles has been playing the drums since he was 15 years old, he took additional lessons to prepare for the film with Nate Lang.

Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon – Walk the Line

Portraying Johnny Cash and June Carter, the two actors were rumored to nearly quit over the sheer difficulty of learning to both sing and play the guitar for Walk the Line. Learning, then unlearning and then relearning Cash’s iconic strumming style was excruciatingly difficult for Joaquin. Reese Witherspoon also told MTV in an interview that the rehearsals, learning to play the autoharp, learning to sing and recording an album were the most challenging and horrifying experiences of her life. Nonetheless, they both prevailed, and Joaquin Phoenix got himself an Oscar nomination for the role, while Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress. Roger Love prepped the two actors for Walk the Line.

Keira Knightley – Begin Again

Begin Again is a musical-comedy directed by John Carney that follows the bond between struggling record label executive Dan Mulligan (Mark Ruffalo) and talented indie musician Gretta James (Keira Knightley). Although having no previous experience with any instrument or singing, Knightley delivers a stunning performance. She fell in love with singing and the guitar, and managed to stun everybody in the final musical performance of the movie, where Knightley seamlessly blends her soft voice and fragile persona with upbeat and stylish strumming.

Samuel L. Jackson – Black Snake Moan

In Black Snake Moan, Samuel L. Jackson embodied his inner blues artist and delivered a formidable performance. Lazarus is arguably one of the most underrated roles of Jackson, the actor stating that playing him was far more complex than any other character he had portrayed up until then. Samuel L. Jackson practiced up to six or seven hours a day in a span of seven months and learned the guitar by the time shooting had started. He often practiced during the production of Snakes on a Plane.

Conclusion

These are just some of our favorite performances, however, countless other incredible actors learned to play a musical instrument for their roles, including Christopher Walken in A Late Quartet, Taron Egerton in Rocketman, Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born, and so on. It’s fascinating to see how an actor is willing to go to such great lengths to nail a performance, which ultimately makes them and the audience appreciate musicians, composers and songwriters even more.

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Our Round-Up of the 8 Best Video Game Scores of All Time

In one of our recent blog posts, we talked about the process of writing music for video games with Mark Roos and Tom Salta, and explored key elements of video game music production. While discussing the sheer amount of work that goes into these projects, and how technology helped push boundaries for this medium, we couldn’t help but think of our favorite titles.

We know that it’s really hard to come up with a shortlist that can feature every video game that has an incredible score, but we tried our best. Of course, the list is not exhaustive, and it will also be inevitably subjective, but we think we’ve got something here. Check out Cutting Room Music‘s round-up of the 8 video games that had some of the most amazing music, enhancing the overall gaming experience for the players.

1. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

The remastered Mass Effect trilogy came out not so long ago, and we’re more in love with its music than ever. Mass Effect has one of the most iconic video game soundtracks ever, blending 80’s electronic music with modern orchestral scoring, heavily immersing the player in a space opera adventure that spans over 80 hours. 

2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 is regarded as one of the best open-world games, thanks to its incredible story, amazing world building and characters, as well as unique music. From start to finish, the game’s score takes you on a musical journey filled with relaxing songs, as well as suspenseful and energetic tracks to keep your heart pounding.

3. The Last of Us & The Last of Us Part II

Gustavo Santaolalla added an extra layer of genius to Naughty Dog’s masterpiece with his original composition, bringing unparalleled levels of depth and emotion to The Last of Us series. The first game’s music emotionally resonates and emphasizes how Joel, Ellie, and all the characters in the game perceive the world around them, while the music in the second game enhances Ellie’s emotional journey, which is filled with grief, trauma, revenge, and PTSD. It’s basically what you’d call an emotional rollercoaster.

4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Exploring and getting lost in Skyrim is still one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences ever. Accompanied by your trusty sword, powers, and enchanting music, you can spend hours on end in the game without even realizing it – play this game at your own peril. Jeremy Soule composed the entire music for Skyrim, jokingly stating that he only used a midi keyboard and his hands for the digital recording process. He makes it sound pretty easy, doesn’t he?

5. Death Stranding

Hideo Kojima created a breathtaking world, ravaged by a deadly disease that resulted in a broken, isolated society—oddly similar to ours in the wake of the pandemic. The suspenseful and spine-tingling music composed by Ludvig Forssell, as well as songs from Low Roar, CHVRCHES, and Bring Me The Horizon completely envelop you in the game that stars Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, and Guillermo Del Toro.

6. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Including only one Halo game into this list would have been a disservice to the series, if you ask us about it. Halo’s main theme is one of the most popular video game songs ever released. Almost the entire franchise’s score is produced by heavyweights Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. The melodies, chants, and symphonic touches lead you on an epic journey spanning multiple games.

7. DOOM

If you’re into horror, demons, and heavy metal, DOOM is the perfect game that covers all of these areas in a very entertaining way. There’s nothing like exploring a demon-infested space station on Mars and being swarmed by unholy creatures, while Mick Gordon’s heavy metal score pumps you up and keeps your adrenaline levels elevated. 

8. Cyberpunk 2077

While the game itself left many fans disappointed, the music in Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the best elements of the game. Marcin Przybyłowicz, P.T. Adamczyk, and Paul Leonard-Morgan did an extraordinary job bringing Night City to life with synthwave, industrial techno, and darksynth. The game also features a rich soundtrack and original compositions from Nina Kraviz, Run the Jewels, Grimes, and more.

Final notes

The list can go on, with titles like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Shadow of the Colossus, as well as the Final Fantasy and Silent Hill series. All of these games manage to stir up different emotional states with their music, which makes the entire gaming experience that much better and more enjoyable. It’s no wonder so many of us are addicted to video games…

Looking for a team to help you compose music for your video game?

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The Process of Writing Music for Video Games, with Tom Salta and Mark Roos

Video games are arguably among the most creative mediums that can offer deep levels of immersion when it comes to entertainment. Gameplay, story mechanics, and graphics work together harmoniously to bring us captivating moments, however, the experience wouldn’t be complete without the addition of original music and compositions.

Tom Salta, a true veteran of video game music production and composition, sat down with us for a couple of minutes and offered some personal insight on the subject. Tom Salta composed music for several Halo games, including Halo: Spartan Assault. Tom says that the soundtrack for the original Halo game was what inspired him to start composing video game scores in the first place. He worked on the soundtracks of Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, PUBG, the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon franchise, and more.

“I feel that games are immersive experiences that take you to endless places and endless times, and I just love being immersed in those kind of worlds. It also really connects with me because I’ve been a gamer since the late 70s, so it kind of keeps me young and engaged.”

Tom Salta, composer for several Halo games, PUBGPrince of Persia: Forgotten SandsNFS: U2, and more.

Tom Salta

Video game scores have greatly evolved since the classic 16-bit sound bites found in arcade games. Nowadays, composers work with dozens of instruments and even orchestras in recording studios to capture the overall feel of a game with music. Although video game scores are similar to movie scores, the implementation and recording process are a bit different.

“I see the technology of digital music making it easier and easier to take an idea that’s in your head and turn it into reality. We really have to find new ways to challenge and navigate technology and find the things that inspire creativity to realize our ideas.”

Tom Salta

The process behind creating a video game score

When it comes to music in movies, viewers experience it pretty much in the same, linear way, the only distinguishing aspect being their interpretation. In open-world video games, for example, music is often experienced uniquely, as players can approach an event differently and play through areas with unique playstyles, triggering different types of sounds and music. Stealth approaches can trigger suspenseful music, while a more direct approach can set off an upbeat track.

Mark Roos, one of the co-founders of Cutting Room Music, also worked on a Microsoft game called Links in the early 2000s, and was kind enough to share the entire recording experience with us.

Mark Roos

“When Microsoft approached me to help them compose music for Links back in 2004, the game was almost picture-locked. We had to compose 77 live tracks for different sections of the game, including menus and highlight reels, similar to how music in FIFA and NBA 2k is set up nowadays.

The first demo we sent was actually recorded in one of my friends’ basement, and we recorded it on an analog tape machine because that was the only thing we had. We used live drums, guitars, and bass, and sent it. Their first reaction was: Wow, this has a really garage band feel to it!

For the final cut, we made it sound a little bit cleaner and we also recorded additional tracks in a studio. I finished the writing, mixing, and mastering the 77 tracks, with all the metadata, in three and a half weeks and sent them to Microsoft. They loved it.”

Mark Roos, co-founder of Cutting Room Music and composer for Amazon Prime’s Trending CrimesAmerican PickersCatfishKeeping Up With The KardashiansPixarMicrosoft, and more.

Composers try to come up with different tracks for various scenarios during the recording process, to provide the player with an immersive experience. Recording a video game score involves composers constantly seeing footage of the game’s different areas, as well as being up-to-date with the plot and its characters, and how different scenarios would play out. If composers are brought in really early in the game’s development process, they might be asked to start recording music with only the help of concept art.

Back then, what I did was just a simple stereo mix. Now it’s much more sophisticated and the overall scope is much larger. With the help of AVR, developers can add music and sound effects anywhere and make it change in real-time to sound better on specific devices, including surround systems and headphones. Basically, there are very few limitations, that’s why a lot of people enjoy scoring video games rather than film, because they feel like they’ve got more creative freedom.

Mark Roos

Looking for a team to help you compose music for your video game?

We are a team of highly passionate and dedicated composers that can bring any visual work to life with the help of music, including video games. No project is too large or too small for us, so whether you need an original composition for an indie title, mobile game, or a triple-A project, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

When Technology Paves the Road to Success: Animation Movies Made $51 Billion at the Box Office During the 2010s

The synergy between technology and art has paved the way for film directors and animators to tell compelling stories and breathe life into their creative work. Animation tools and film technology have evolved and reached new milestones over the course of the years, and thanks to these technological advancements, we get to enjoy Pixar, Disney, and Dreamworks animation masterpieces.

Digital filmmaking is at its peak, and the creative freedom that storytellers have nowadays when it comes to animated movies is astonishing. Studios are now using cutting-edge software to create feature-length animations, and tech-savvy filmmakers are still discovering new ways to improve upon this technology. “The art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art”—these are the famous words of John Lasseter, former CCO of Pixar and Disney, and we couldn’t agree more with this statement.

Fascinated by the evolution of technology and the success of animated movies, here at Cutting Room Music, we did a little digging to see how the popularity and worldwide box office success of feature-length animations have changed over the decades. We stumbled upon some pretty interesting results on BoxOfficeMojo.com, and decided to share our findings with you. We also wrote a story on how movie genre popularity and worldwide box office revenue changed through 1980 and 2020, if you want to check that out.

For this study, we looked at the same time period (1980 through 2020), but we focused exclusively on the evolution of animated movies. Read on to see what we’ve found and make sure to check out the chart below.

Animation Movies Box Office Earnings  1980 to 2020 | Cutting Room Music
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Animated movies gain popularity in the ‘80s, scoring a total of $3 billion at the box office

Cinemas weren’t always filled with impeccable, 3D computer-generated animations. Filmmakers and animators in the 80s were still using classical methods like hand-drawn animations or 2D animations. Still, animated movies managed to earn up to $3 billion at the worldwide box office in the span of 10 years.

During the 1980s, animated movies were still only popular among children, and adults usually watched these movies when accompanying their kids to the cinema. It took almost one-and-a-half decades for the industry to consider creating animated movies for a broader audience. Nevertheless, movies such as The Little Mermaid, An American Tail, and The Secret of Nimh were huge successes.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid grossed $84 million at the worldwide box office. This movie was the starting point for Disney’s streak of animations that were soon to follow throughout the next decade. The Little Mermaid was the first time Disney introduced the Computer Animation Production Systems (CAPS), a tool they fully integrated in the 1990s in their feature-length animations.

This was also the decade when a live action actor and an animated character would share the screen throughout an entire film, in the iconic Who Framed Roger Rabbit? animation. The movie earned $238 million at the worldwide box office in 1988.

The 1990s: The Disney renaissance and the rise of computer animated movies

Following the success of The Little Mermaid, Disney went on to release multiple animated movies that are considered classics to this day, including Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $249 million in 1991, and Aladdin in 1992, which earned $346 million at the worldwide box office. The Lion King, released in 1994, became a huge hit, peaking at #1 and earning just over $859 million. Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Hercules also came out during the 1990s. Most of these movies were done with CAPS, allowing animators to color sequences that featured hand-drawn characters in digital spaces.

This decade, more specifically 1995, also marked a new beginning for animated movies with the release of Pixar’s Toy Story, the first feature-length computer-generated 3D animation movie. When it came out, it was unlike anything else in terms of quality and animation, and soon other studios would follow suit, including Dreamworks. Toy Story earned $245 million at the worldwide box office, peaking at #3 in 1995, while Dreamworks’ Antz grossed $172 million. Following the success of Toy Story, Pixar Animations and Walt Disney Pictures released Toy Story 2 in 1999, which earned $487 million at the worldwide box office. 

Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan and the entire Looney Toons gang, was another iconic live-action animation movie released in the 90s that scored big-time at the box office. Furthermore, in 1993 Tim Burton released the iconic stop-motion animation The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Disney and Pixar dominated the 1990s, and as a result of their critically-acclaimed and fan-favorite movies, the animation genre grossed a total of $7 billion during this decade. With computer animation catching steam towards the end of the decade, the 2000s saw a plethora of incredible releases thanks to the evolution of technology.

In the 2000s, animated movies earned more at the box office than the previous two decades, combined

Advancement and innovation in technology opened new doors for movie producers during the 1980s and 1990s. It wasn’t long until other major or independent studios started making top-notch animated movies by leveraging state-of-the-art animation software. However, this was a rough period for classical animators, with most of them being afraid of losing their jobs due to rapid technological advancements. With many professionals being used to the classical form of animation, the transition period wasn’t smooth for everybody. 

As far as movies go, animations managed to rack up a total of $24 billion at the box office, thanks to popular releases such as the Shrek franchise, Ice Age, Shark Tale, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, 9, and many, many others. During the 2000s, more and more adults were also taking an interest in animated movies, as many of the titles had incredible stories and breathtaking visuals. 

Wes Anderson released arguably one of the most iconic stop-motion and clay animations during this decade: his 2009 classic Fantastic Mr. Fox. In 2010 alone, animated movies earned $5.2 billion at the box office, just $1.8 billion short of what they earned during the entire previous decade.

Animation movies break new records in the 2010s, earning over $50 billion at the box office

As computers and technology continued to evolve at a rapid pace, so did the software products professionals used. During the 2010s, animators and filmmakers were able to create even more spectacular animations, as a result of fewer and fewer technological limitations. 3D and CG animations reached their peak, and the animation genre became more and more popular among movie lovers.

During the span of 10 years, from 2010 to 2019, animation movies grossed an astonishing $51 billion at the worldwide box office. During this period, 10 animated movies earned over $1 billion each, including the Lion King Remake ($1.6 billion in 2019), Frozen ($1.3 billion in 2013), and Toy Story 3 ($1 billion in 2010).

Conclusion

With technology continuing to advance at a rapid pace, we’re positive we’ll get to see a few breakthroughs in animation throughout this decade. And hopefully, we’ll witness some interesting box office records, too. As for the immediate future, we’re curious what the next Space Jam movie has to offer, which is hitting theaters in July 2021. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, The Addams Family 2, The Bad Guys and Rumble are also highly anticipated titles we look forward to in 2021 and 2022.

Methodology

For this story, we used public data from BoxOfficeMojo. We completed our data sets with proprietary research and used Flourish to create the charts and visuals.

Are NFTs the Future of Digital Art & Music, or Just a Bubble?

It seems like every time you go online nowadays you stumble upon some kind of opinion or news piece on NFTs. Clubhouse, LinkedIn, and Reddit board discussions on this topic are trending on the daily, with investors, digital artists, as well as curious day-to-day people sharing their thoughts, expertise, and speculation on this new craze. But what exactly are NFTs, and what’s the big fuss about them all of a sudden?

Here at Cutting Room Music, we’ve hopped on the internet and gone on a research spree to understand exactly how NFTs work and try to explain the sudden surge in popularity from the perspective of both artists and investors, to finally eliminate any confusion surrounding this subject. We’re sure most of you know at least a little bit about NFTs by now, but might struggle to understand the small details and the mechanism behind this new wave.

With this article, we aim to address every little detail about NFTs in the most understandable and consumable way possible, including their presence in the music industry. So let’s jump right in.

What exactly is an NFT?

NFT, or a Non-Fungible Token, is a unit of data stored on the Blockchain that certifies a digital asset (in this case, an image or song) to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. Confusing, right? You can think of these tokens as unique signatures of artists who create the artwork, gif, image or even a song. The digital artist has to buy a token for their content to certify its authenticity. You can only buy NFTs using cryptocurrency, like Ether, for example.

Once an artist stamps their content with an NFT, it becomes one of a kind. Whether it’s an image or a song, it can be copied and shared on the internet, but only the original will have the authenticity stamp. Think of famous paintings, for example. Arguably Van Gogh’s most famous work is The Starry Night, and even though the world is filled with replicas and posters, there’s only one original with his name on it. Same case with digital artwork barring a non-fungible token.

When it comes to music, artists are getting really creative. Huge names in the industry like Grimes, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Deadmau5 and Shawn Mendes, just to name a few, have all jumped aboard the NFT train. Whether they’re producing music on Twitch and stamping them with an NFT badge, or releasing extra songs from their albums as NFTs, artists in the music industry have been keeping busy trying to release unique content and making a name for themselves even in the crypto world.

NFTs are not interchangeable like Bitcoin, Ether, or any other cryptocurrency. Both money and cryptocurrency are fungible, and can be exchanged, but NFTs are unique, and can’t be swapped for something similar. That’s what makes them so sought-after. Once you buy one, you’re the sole owner of the unique digital content. Just like cryptocurrency, NFTs are stored on a digital ledger (Blockchain), where you can see the buyer, seller, and transaction info, however, the data is encrypted and safe, in a similar fashion to cryptocurrency.

As An artist, should I venture into the world of NFTs?

Many artists have found success selling their artwork or music as NFTs, with some of their content selling for exuberant prices. Famous NFTs are even auctioned online: Christie’s auction house sold a digital artwork by Beeple for a record-breaking $69 million. Grimes auctioned off her digital art pieces for 5.8 million within 20 minutes, while electronic musician 3LAU sold 33 digital albums for a staggering $11.6 million in NFTs. Kings of Leon are also releasing their upcoming album as an NFT.

If you’re not an established artist in the market, chances are your content won’t be sold for an insane amount of money as soon as you start creating it. However, there are a couple of websites where you can start uploading your work if you’re just starting out, like Rarible. On Rarible, you can upload both original musical compositions or artwork, or combine the two. It’s really a great starting point if you’re looking to hop into the NFT trend. SuperRare is also an awesome website worth checking out.

Should I invest in NFTs?

The whole buzz around NFTs came from the idea that if a piece of content is unique, its value could increase as time passes. The reason NFTs are so popular now is because everybody who’s either creating or collecting believes it to be the next best thing. But what happens if people decide NFTs aren’t cool anymore? It’s still pretty early to tell if this is only a phase or something that’s here to stay.

According to a new report by NonFungible.com published by The Wrap, more than $2 billion was spent on NFTs during the first quarter of 2021, an increase of roughly 2,100% from Q4 2020. That’s insane. Clearly, there’s an NFT bubble at the moment, but that is expected when a new technology starts becoming popular on the market. For the NFT market to remain stable, investors need to think long-term when buying these unique pieces, instead of trying to make a quick and easy buck short-term. Long-term investments are usually what sustains the market when trends contract.

Conclusion

Now that you know how NFTs work and their place in the market, it’s up to you whether you want to venture into this field as an artist or an investor. Here at Cutting Room Music, we’re deeply fascinated by this new art form, and if you’re ever in need of an original composition as an NFT, you know where to find us. Plus, if your a skilled digital artists who wants a backing track to your NFT artwork, we can deliver on that, too.

Which Movie Genres Earned the Most At the Box Office Between 1980 and 2020?

Key Takeaways:

Not everyone is a cinephile, but it’s safe to say that most people enjoy a good movie now and then, whether it’s something deep, action-packed, or just a casual feel-good popcorn flick. Nowadays, highly talented people around the world are involved in film making, but by far the most influential and popular place for this business is Hollywood. 

Directors, writers, composers, and sound and light engineers are the creative part of the industry, while machines like Hollywood are all about the business and making sure movies turn a profit. When it comes to huge blockbuster titles and big-budget films, studios have to make sure the movie they produce will be successful, however, the audience’s taste also plays a huge role in the overall schematic – and this taste can change dramatically, as we’re about to learn.

This interactive timeline shows exactly how audience preference and box office revenue changed throughout the years

It’s no secret that the Hollywood formula has changed many times over the years, but so has the audience’s preference. Here at Cutting Room Music, we were curious to see just how drastically the popularity of certain movie genres changed over the course of several decades, so we hopped on BoxOfficeMojo and did our research. We came across some really interesting results, and we managed to create an interactive chart that showcases how much money each genre has made worldwide from 1980 to 2020.

Take a look at the video below. It explores the evolution of all the movie genres and how much they made at the box office, in a span of 40 years.

The 80s and 90s: the golden days of Comedy and Drama

Up until the early 2000s, comedy and drama flicks ruled the box office. In the 80s, for example, comedies earned a total of $20 billion at the box office. Then, during the 90s, comedy flicks earned $32 billion, while during the 2000s, they made a total of $73 billion. During this time, movies like Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Big Lebowski, The Truman Show and Groundhog Day packed cinemas worldwide and made millions of people laugh, while also making millions of dollars at the box office.

Dramas, on the other hand, made around $16 billion in the 80s, $42 billion in the 90s, and $75 billion in the 2000s. Movies like Titanic, The Breakfast Club, Dead Poets Society, Dirty Dancing, Forrest Gump, or Good Will Hunting were massive hits during the 80s, 90s and 2000s, and are still considered classics to this day. 

It’s also worth pointing out that romance movies, although highly popular in the 80’s, gradually lost their appeal to audiences, and by 2020, the genre was among the least popular.

Between 2010 and 2020, Action and Adventure movies earned over $300 billion, combined

Before 2000, people mostly enjoyed comedies and dramas, as we’ve already seen, but action and adventure movies were also very popular before the turn of the century. Titles like Indiana Jones, Die Hard, Top Gun and The Terminator paved the way for what was to come after the mid-2000s. The new James Bond movies, the Mission Impossible series, the Bourne series, as well as the Fast & Furious series made these two movie genres more and more popular.

As technology evolved, the 2000s also marked the start of many action-packed superhero movies. In 2000, 20th Century Fox released the first X-Men movie, and the series went on to span across a total of 13 movies until 2020. Sony also found huge success with Spider-Man flicks for many years, while Marvel Studios and Disney created an incredible cinematic universe with the MCU, releasing 23 movies in just 11 years. DC Comics and Warner Brothers Studios also kept busy with Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, as well as with the DC Extended Universe movies.

As a result, adventure and action movies made around $26 billion and $29 billion, respectively, during the 90s, and by the end of 2010, these genres were miles ahead of the competition. Action movies grossed $149 billion from 2010 to 2020, while adventure movies earned $164 billion in the same time span. The two genres combined earned over $300 billion between 2010 and 2020.

Technology pushes boundaries when it comes to Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Animation 

As technology continued to evolve, CGI and special effects in movies became increasingly better between 2010 and 2020. Inception, Interstellar, Ad Astra and Blade Runner 2049 are just a few sci-fi marvels released in the past decade that did incredibly well at the box office. Studios like Pixar, Dreamworks Animation and Walt Disney Studios pioneered when it came to unique animated movies, and pushed the genre forward. The fantasy genre, however, outshined both sci-fi and animations during the 2000s, due to the immense success of the Lord of the Rings movie series and Harry Potter series.

During the 2000s, sci-fi, fantasy and animation movies grossed $29 billion, $49 billion and $24 billion, respectively. From 2010 to 2020, sci-fi films earned $90 billion at the box office, fantasy movies grossed $87 billion, and animation movies $51 billion worldwide.

Our obsession with true crime opened new doors for the Thriller, Crime, and Horror genres

David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, Guy Ritchie, James Wan, Guillermo del Toro and many, many others blended and pushed the horror, thriller and crime genres forward in the past decades. Their incredible, and sometimes twisted, work continues to impress and leave audiences in awe, shock, and disbelief after finishing their movies.

In the past decade, thriller movies grossed $73 billion at the box office, while crime and horror films earned $33 billion and $18 billion, respectively. The three genres gradually grew at the box office each decade, and their influence on pop culture is undeniable. We also have Netflix to thank for fueling our true crime obsessions with documentary series like Making a Murderer, Tiger King, Killer Inside: the Mind of Aaron Hernandez, and many, many more.

Methodology

For this story, we used public data from BoxOfficeMojo to extract the revenue data for the top grossing movies of each year, from 1980 to 2020. We completed our data sets with proprietary research and used Flourish to create the charts and visuals.

How Music Helps People Form Emotional Connections with Brands

For most of us, music is an essential part of everyday life. No matter what mood we’re in, putting on some music always seems to make us feel better. Each person has unique tastes in music, but nonetheless, songs have the ability to connect people in ways other media cannot. We can easily associate songs with memories and experiences, and essentially relieve certain moments just by hearing a specific song. Nostalgia plays a huge role in the human consciousness, and music is among the few outlets that can easily tap into this space.

Marketers and advertisers know this too well, that’s why the most successful visual ad campaigns and commercials have music incorporated in them. It’s long been established that emotion also drives sales, however, accurately tapping into this space requires a lot of planning and research. Not only that, but choosing the right song for your marketing campaign can do wonders for your brand in terms of identity, engagement, and the willingness for your clients to invest in or buy your product.

In this day and age, brands desperately need to stand out if they want to make a dent in our society. Just as soundtracks are crucial elements in movies, so is music in advertisement. Music helps us paint a better picture of the environment we’re in, whether we’re using it for movies, ads, or simply enjoying a car ride. Songs have a way of grabbing our attention, and catchy hooks are known to stay inside our heads long after we’ve heard them. So for example, if a commercial has a catchy song and we hear it constantly, we’re soon going to sing it in our heads, and without us even realizing it, we’re going to associate the song with the brand.

This is how brands choose the right music

First off, let’s start out with one of the worst ways brands choose music for their commercials: by choosing the music as a fan. Your preference in music won’t determine the success of your brand. For example, if you’re working on a commercial or a TV spot to sell a specific pizza brand, chances are that your favorite song won’t do the trick. Making sure the rhythm of a song is in sync with what is actually happening in the commercial is highly important, and creates a certain flow.

The point is, choosing the right song has a lot to do with the atmosphere of the commercial and the specific emotion you as a brand want to transmit to your customers. Sometimes, you can have a brilliant idea of an ad, but can’t seem to find the perfect song or sound to complete your vision, and you may be in need of an original composition. Here at Cutting Room Music, we are always keen to help creatives realize their vision by adding original music to their production, whether it be movies, TV shows or commercials.

Old McDonald had a farm…

There are countless examples of how music influenced certain commercials and brands, and popularity for both the artists and brands skyrocketed thanks to top-notch advertising and music selection. Before we list a couple of popular examples, let’s take a second and talk about one of the longest-running ad campaigns: McDonalds’ “I’m Lovin’ It” ad.

Pretty much everybody recognizes the famous “I’m Lovin’ It” tune, whether it’s sung or just hummed in McDonald’s commercials. The reason this particular ad sticks out is because, usually, brands pick a song that has already been released, but McDonalds had a different approach. Instead of just picking a song, they secretly hired top producer Pharrell Williams to produce a song for Justin Timberlake and just release it, without the public knowing that McDonald’s is behind the song.

Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Lovin’ It” was received pretty well, and soon started charting. McDonald’s idea was to make a song that will get stuck in people’s heads, before they actually associated it with the company. After a few months, McDonalds released their first-ever commercial featuring the song, and it was an instant hit. They meticulously planned everything.

Mind you, all of this was happening back in 2003, when McDonald’s shares were plummeting. They needed a miracle, and it’s pretty impressive that a strategically released song did the job. They worked with a really creative marketing agency to pull all of this off. The result? One of the longest-running ad campaigns in history was made, their market shares increased, and “pa-ra-pa-pa-pa, i’m lovin’ it” became a household slogan.

Popular songs that made brands famous

1. ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ for Apple iPod

Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” coupled with the ecstatic visuals of the iPod commercial made the device an instant hit, and everybody wanted one. The silhouettes, dancing and white headphone cables, coupled with one of the greatest party songs, brought Apple millions. 

2. ‘In the Air Tonight’ for Cadbury

The classic Cadbury commercial featuring a Gorilla drumming along Phill Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” became very popular after being released. It was an instant classic, and made the chocolate incredibly sought-after thanks to the song.

3. ‘Only Time’ for Volvo

Jean-Claude Van Damme doing a split between two moving Volvo trucks, with Enya’s “Only Time” playing in the background is probably one of the most iconic commercials ever. The commercial instantly went viral, and now, every time we hear the song, we think about Volvo.

The list can go on forever. Nike, KitKat, Levi’s and countless other brands used songs in their commercials, and most of the ads did wonders for their product.

Conclusion

By now, you probably understand just how important a song is in a commercial. It can literally change how people view your brand overnight. Even if the song isn’t popular, if the commercial is creative and bold, it can make both your brand and the artist famous. Here at Cutting Room Music, we are all about seeing your vision come to fruition with the help of music. 

We are a team of highly passionate and dedicated composers who can bring any visual work to life with the help of music. If you have a project that you’ve been working on, and you’re in need of original compositions to give you work that final edge, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We can’t wait to hear your idea and discuss how we can help you breathe life into your work with music.

We Asked People To Describe Each Month of 2020 with a Song, and the Answers We Got Were Amazing

2020 was a rollercoaster ride. From start to finish, it was a strange year filled with world-shifting events like a global pandemic, wildfires, lockdowns and political drama. For most of us, this was one of the most difficult periods of our lives, but through it all, we found joy in the little things, and overcame adversities by uniting and being more appreciative of each other—plus, many of us picked up a bunch of new hobbies.

All in all, we survived! If we were to pick a song to describe the whole year, it would definitely be “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. But why pick just one song for the entire year when you can create an entire soundtrack? Here at CuttingRoomMusic, we decided to create a fun survey to see how people would describe last year by picking a song that they think best depicts the events of each month of 2020. The results that came back were pretty amazing.

With all things considered, it looks like being stuck in the house and working from home for most of last year brought out a wild sense of humor in many people. The song choices of the survey participants for each month are very entertaining, and accurately describe the emotional state we’ve all been going through during those times. With the responses gathered, we were able to create the soundtrack of 2020, and even a Spotify playlist. You can check out the playlist by scrolling down to the end of the article.

As a disclaimer, we are aware that several tragic events unfolded during 2020, but with this survey, our aim was to bring a little joy both to you, our readers, as well as to all of those who took their time to complete this survey.

January – Highway to hell

January felt like a really packed month full of events. It’s safe to say that all of us started the new year optimistic, but then things slowly started going downhill. The Australia wildfires, followed by the climate change summit, Kobe Bryant’s death, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quitting the royal family, and the first news of COVID-19 emerging in Wuhan all occurred in January. 

It’s no wonder the majority of the respondents chose AC/DC’s iconic “Highway to Hell track to describe this month. The song’s mood and energy goes so well with what we were feeling in that particular time period. 21% of respondents also chose “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel, clearly referencing the wildfires that were ravaging Australia. Other top-voted songs were “Bad News” by Kanye West, and “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne.

February – Oh, the irony

February was a pretty stable month, all things considered. The most noteworthy events of the month were The Oscars, particularly Parasite winning movie of the year. The Democratic presidential debate also took place in February, as well as Trump’s (first) impeachment. The majority of survey respondents felt that Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” best described this month.

Whether the respondents chose the song because, at the time, they actually felt like things were looking up compared to January only to be deceived later on, or because of Trump’s impeachment, is totally up for interpretation. Other songs that were picked include “February Stars“ by Foo Fighters, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“ by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and “Life Is Good“ by Future and Drake.

March – It’s the end of the World

By the time March arrived, the new coronavirus started spreading worldwide, and lockdowns and shelter-ins were instated. These events also triggered a stock market crash. Plus, Tom Hanks got infected with COVID-19 and we all started hoarding toilet paper for some reason. Things were starting to get just a little bit crazy.

R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World” was voted by 47% of respondents as the song that best described March 2020. A bit of a dramatic choice, but the people have spoken. Other songs picked by the survey participants include “Gnarls Barkley – Crazy,“ “Bring Me The Horizon – Parasite Eve,“ and of course “Talking Heads – Paper,“ that most definitely indicates the craze regarding toilet papers at the time.

April – Times are changing, but every day is exactly the same

April found us struggling with this new pandemic, with most of us spending all of our time indoors. It seemed like the whole world was on pause this month, but we managed to find creative ways to stay optimistic by picking up new hobbies and connecting online. Still, there was a feeling of uneasiness. 

Nine Inch Nails’ “Every Day Is Exactly the Same” and Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are Changing” were both equally voted as the songs that best depicted how we felt in April 2020. “I Want to Break Free” by Queen was also voted by 19% of the survey recipients, and songs like “I Can’t Go Outside” by Channel Tres, “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars and “Stuck With U” by Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber were also voted at least once.

May – This is America

By the end of May, lockdowns started to be lifted, but social distancing, wearing masks at all times and disinfecting our hands became the new norm. This was also the month when the Black Lives Matter movement picked up steam. 

Things were starting to get more and more intense. For May 2020, Americans voted Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” as their song of choice.  Respondents felt that this song represented best the state they were in at that time. Three Days Grace’s “Riot,” Run the Jewels’ “Close Your Eyes” and Bastille’s “Doom Days” also received some attention. 

June – Sunshine

Suddenly, it was summer. By June, there were no more lockdowns, and we could finally enjoy some hiking trips, a beer with friends, and a refreshing walk in the park—all the while still practicing social distancing, of course. No wonder most participants chose Atmosphere’s “Sunshine” as the soundtrack of June 2020. “Sunshine” is a song about waking up from a bad hangover, and that’s exactly how at least 23% of respondents felt like. 

July – Waiting on the World to change 

For the most part, July was a breezy month. The world was slowly adapting to the work-from-home lifestyle, we were picking up new hobbies and going on trips with close friends, but the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movements were still unfolding. John Mayer’s “Waiting On the World to Change” was the top choice for the survey participants, but songs like “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots and “The End Has No End” by The Strokes were also favorites.

August – The less I know, the better

By August, COVID-19 cases were dropping worldwide, and the world was getting back in motion. Sadly, this was also the month when Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman passed away and West Coast Wildfires erupted. 27% of our survey participants chose Gary Jules’ “Mad World” as the song that best described this month, however, Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better” as well as “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA were also among the most voted.

September – Wake me up when…

The second wave of COVID-19 was already looming in September. As the weather started getting colder, we paid even more attention to protecting ourselves against the coronavirus. Yet there still was optimism in the air. For September, it was obvious that Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends” would win by a long shot. 50% of the survey participants claimed this was their song of choice for September 2020.

October – Please, don’t stand so close to me

The second coronavirus wave started closing in, and we became more and more cautious. This was also the month when Donald Trump got infected with the COVID-19 virus. The pandemic was really getting to us at this point, that’s probably why 34% of the survey recipients chose “The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me” as the best song that described October 2020. “Charlotte Lawrence – Joke’s On You“ and “Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated“ were also among the most voted songs.

November – We are the champions

Finally, election month. Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States after a rollercoaster election process, and honestly, it seemed like everybody was talking about the elections for the entire month. “We Are the Champions” by Queen was the song of choice for November 2020, along with songs like “It Was A Good Day” by Ice Cube, “Miracle” by Rise Against, and of course, “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz. 

December – Livin’ on a Prayer

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020. The arrival of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which were developed in less than a year, is regarded as one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in modern history. And what better way to celebrate this glimmer of hope than spending a safe and cozy Christmas and New Year’s Eve? 

Our survey respondents decided to end the year with “Livin on a Prayer“ by Bon Jovi. 27% of the survey recipients felt like this song described December 2020. Other songs that received many votes include “Panic! At The Disco – Impossible Year,“ Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah“ and Kool & The Gang – “Celebration.

And just like that, the year was over. 2020 had its ups and downs, but we made it through, and all of us felt a little more hopeful by the end of the year. You can listen to the soundtrack of 2020 on our Spotify playlist below.

Methodology

The survey was created with Google Forms, and distributed on Reddit and PollFish. For the Reddit distribution, we allowed open-ended responses. On PollFish, we provided a set of songs for respondents to vote from. We then aggregated the responses in Microsoft Excel to see the total percentage of songs voted from both distributions.

‘Mank,’ ‘Soul,’ or ‘Sound of Metal’ – Which Movie Will Take Home the Oscar for Best Sound in 2021?

And the Academy Award for Best Sound Goes To…? Probably a question many of us are asking ourselves, especially when so many great movies with incredible sound design and exceptional mixing came out last year. It’s anyone’s guess who is taking home the award this year, but a small “tweak” to this category makes it so much easier to predict the winner.  

For the 93d Academy Awards edition, the motion picture academy merged Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, the two distinguished categories, into one: Best Sound. With the two former awards often going to the same film, the academy decided that combining the two for the upcoming 2021 Oscars was a “sound” choice. Both sound editors and mixers will be recognized in the new category.

Even though the two categories are merged, sound editing and sound mixing are still different processes. Sound editing, for example, is the art of putting various sound tracks and sound pieces together, everything from sound effects to dialogue, foley sounds and automated dialogue replacement. Sound mixing, on the other hand, refers to the skillful adjustment of the overall sound, score and music levels throughout the motion picture.

A brief history lesson of the Best Sound Oscar Category

The last time both of these categories were combined was way back in 1962. Since then, the Best Sound category was split up between various categories, including Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. 

With both being obviously distinct, the merger still makes sense because, for the past few years, both awards went to the same movie. One of the few exceptions occurred last year, when sports drama film Ford v Ferrari won the Best Sound Editing trophy, while Christopher Nolan’s 1917 took home the award for Best Sound Mixing.

These categories have typically favored blockbusters, with films such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Dunkirk, Mad Max: Fury Road, Inception, as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King winning both awards in their respective year.

But enough with the history lessons. Let’s see which films are eligible for this year’s “Best Sound” award.

Who will take home the Oscar for Best Sound in 2021?

Netflix is dominating this category. Unfortunately, this pandemic has put a huge dent in theatrical releases, and several 2020 movies have been either pushed to a new 2021 release date, or went straight to online streaming. “With the Oscars going virtual this year, it’s surely a game-changer,” said Adonis Tsilimparis, Composer and Co-Founder at Cutting Room Music. “The COVID 19 Pandemic has certainly revolutionized the Film Industry so much that it has put a final nail in the coffin of movie theater revenue.

“The streaming world has seen the advent of so many new services like Disney Plus, Discovery Plus and others,” continued Adonis. Many films are now bypassing the traditional theatrical route and are going directly to streaming services. It’s obvious that this will, in turn, affect the nomination process of the Oscars.” There are a handful of movies released by streaming platforms with incredible sound design that could end up being nominated, or even snatching the Oscar Statuette.

For this year’s edition, the event will be held exclusively online, so everyone will be attending from the comfort of their homes. So, before grabbing our popcorn and tuning into the awards—or actually seeing the official nominees list—let’s take a look at some predictions.

The Midnight Sky (Netflix)

Randy Thom, Dan Hiland, Todd Beckett, Danny Hambrook and Bjorn Schroeder worked on the sound design for George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky. Randy Thom, a 15-time Academy Award nominee and two-time winner, created an incredible sound experience for the movie, which he details in an exclusive interview at A Sound Effect. The amount of talent that went into the sound design of the movie from all these incredible artists can be heard and felt throughout the movie. The Midnight Sky will definitely land a nomination, if not even the trophy. The movie’s score was composed by Alexandre Desplat.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

The story of the movie follows 7 people on trial due to various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Renee Tondelli, Dan Kenyon, Julian Slater, Michael Babcock, Thomas Varga helmed the sound design of the movie. Almost each of these artists have one or more previous academy award nominations for either best sound mixing or best sound editing. A deep, unsettling tension can be felt throughout the movie, thanks to the incredible work that went into its sound design.

Mank (Netflix)

Equipped with a stellar cast, Mank is the story of a social critic and alcoholic screenwriter scrambling to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles. The story, which is set in 1930s Hollywood, is captivating, and what David Fincher manages to accomplish with top-notch directing, Ren Klyce, Jeremy Molod, David Parker, Nathan Nance and Drew Kunin manage to improve further with incredible sound design. Without a doubt this movie is among the top choices for getting nominated or even winning the Best Sound award.

Soul (Pixar)

The heartfelt movie Soul is about a musician who has lost his passion for music, is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker and Vince Caro sound mixing and editing are at the core of the movie, accompanied by the original soundtrack composed by NIN’s Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)

Starring Riz Ahmed, this movie can be considered a masterpiece for its sound alone. The story revolves around a heavy-metal drummer’s life, which goes into a whirlwind when he starts losing his hearing. Phillip Bladh, Nicolas Becker, Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc, Carlos Cortés and Carolina Santana worked on the sound design, and the original score was produced by a handful of artists and musicians, including the star of the movie, Riz Ahmed.

Conclusion

The incredible talent and hard work that went into the sound design creation for these films is breathtaking, and honestly, we can’t wait to see at least one or two of them get nominated. Apart from these 5 movies, there are countless others deserving both of a nomination and even a win for the Best Sound category, including titles such as TENET, Wonder Woman 1984, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, News of the World, and many more.

Here at CuttingRoomMusic, we believe quality sound design, sound engineering and original compositions make movies come to life. If you’re looking for a partner to breathe life into your work with music or sound, our dedicated team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills, experience, and connections is ready to jump aboard your project. We love what we do, we do it with passion and we look forward to working with you.