And I mean, of course, we had to. If you ever take any introduction to visual storytelling class at UNC, the first thing they’ll tell you is how much more important your audio is than any of your visuals.
Technically, audio was king, but when we were shooting, it always felt like the music we decided to listen to informed so much of how we’d visualize video concepts.
I remember thinking about how cool it would be to shoot scenes walking down the barely-lit paths of roads in downtown Atlanta to Jonwayne’s “Afraid of Us” or how Joji’s “Demons” could definitely be paired with shots of characters floating at the bottom of the ocean.
My friends and I put together so many playlists of music that were perfect for scenes we would eventually never shoot. It was even more interesting to have conversations on why certain songs should be featured in scenes that were shot in a certain way.
In a way, it always felt like listening to certain songs was just a way to watch really small movies in your head.
This isn’t exactly a novelty in music either. Music does this all the time.
I remember listening to Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid, M.A.A.D city” and seeing how every song was intentionally written to feel like a short film. I remember losing my mind when I finally learned that the roman numerals in Childish Gambino’s “Because the Internet” were marks for where the songs would go in a screenplay that he never produced. There’s an infinite number of high concept albums that are made to coincide with films that are just meant to exist in your mind.
So, that’s what this playlist is meant to be. Some songs in my life I always thought would fit with a cool light, a pretty lens or an emotional scene.
To me, it’s almost a microcosm of little stories that evoke more stories.
I’m not even sure I can articulate — I literally shoot video, I can barely read or write — what some of these songs mean to me. All I know is that the way some songs make me feel and the way I want to put those to film is one of the most pleasing things in the world to me.
It’s why I decided that maybe pursuing a career in visual communication might be worth the risk. And it makes feel like I could be behind a camera, chasing that feeling for the rest of my life.
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