Writing Soundtrack

When I embark on the first leg of a short film I like to play make-believe. I pretend that I have an unlimited budget and my production value is limitless; I have acces to any actor, cinematographer, and performer that I want. Once I’ve convinced my psyche that anything goes, I compile a soundtrack of musical artists I respect and could never afford. I find songs in my iTunes library that match the themes of my movie and I create a soundtrack for the first cut of my film, the script. I use the playlist to push me along during the writing process. The soundtrack helps remind me of my dramatic beats, themes, principle ideas and most importantly, the emotional arc of my story. The score is usually much longer than my 6-8 minute film but that is because creating is more time intensive than viewing. This time I am mapping out a short film set in the Dust Bowl era, and this is my soundtrack. What do you think? Any suggestions for possible additions?

Dust Bowl Dance – Mumford & Sons
The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
My Father’s House – Bruce Springsteen
Two Against One (feat. Jack White) – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi
Lifeline (Barefeet Version) – Citizen Cope
Devil Is a Woman – The White Buffalo
Crazy Blues – Catherine Russell
Grown So Ugly – The Black Keys
Road to Perdition – Thomas Newman
Cool Water – Johnny Cash
Hittin’ On Me (feat. Ella Johnson) – Buddy Johnson and his Orchestra
Dusty – Kings of Leon
Join the C.I.O. – The New Lost City Ramblers
Baby, Please Don’t Go – Otis Taylor
Farther Along – Michael Parks
The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster) – Woody Guthrie
Where Dirt and Water Collide – The White Buffalo
Holy Roller Novocaine – Kings of Leon
Salvation – Citizen Cope

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