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Cue sheet

Some of you have heard me talking about this cue sheet...  I finally finished it last week.  5,000 words, 22 pages and I cant even use it in my dissertation, its just 'research'.  Admittedly it does make it easier to go through the film afterwards, but still.

Anyway, here are pics of what I've been up to.


It's a bit annoying that Word doesnt recognise my technical terms or japanese instruments, hence the red lines.  However, it does recognise some of my graphical notation which is cool.

I don't really need to spout the whole copyright thing here do I?  This is all my work yada yada.  The Last Samurai however isn't my film but all this stuff on this ere cue sheet is.  Feel free to look and ask me stuff, but taking without permission is wrong and is not appreciated.

Naturally that obviously continues onto the next page.  Theres 22 pages in all.  I'm not posting them all here.

Some terms:
Diegetic music - music thats onscreen that the characters can hear and react to.  You can see where its coming from, for example a character playing the piano is diegetic music.
Non-diegetic music - background music that the characters can't hear.  Most film scores are non-diegetic
Phoney diegetic music - music that the characters can hear and react to but you can't see where its coming from.
Mickey Mousing - when music literally emulates the action onscreen.  Often found in cartoons.
MacGuffin - a plot device that is used to move the action along.  Personally I love this device, well, the name of it at least!

Japanese instruments:
Shakuhachi - a type of wooden flute
Koto - a type of zither
Taiko - Japanese drums

I could give you more on Samurai terms like seppuku and shomyo but seriously, go search wikipedia because its pretty good actually.  Theres stuff about the different swords that they have as well and what they use them for.

Um yeah... its quite fascinating really. 


( 6 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Blooooody hell. That sounds very hardcore. Well done you. Wouldn't you even be able to stick into your appendix, or maybe some samples from or something, epic work!
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know. I'll have to ask. It's just a bit annoying that I've spent ages doing that cue sheet and it doesn't look like I've done any work for my disso because of the low word count so far.

Doing cue sheets takes twice the length of the film (mimimum). If you do them in more detail they take a longer. The last one I did was for a 90 minute film and that took me about 4hours and it didn't include any theme notation or dictation. When I did my 5min transcription for an essay last year it took a huge amount of time. The Last Samurai is 2hours 20mins long and Ive had to do some notation for this one.
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
I wish I could put half of the work I've done away from my dissertation in as well, and they are mainly rough notes and reading research - not something logical like yours.

How well do you get on with your supervisor? Sure they would love to read your cue sheet.
Mar. 26th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
My supervisor is ace. She's currently got a copy of the cue sheet, but she was the one who told us to do them like that anyway. Cause she's experienced at it she can do them a lot quicker, but its great that if you ever go back to a film and you have a cue sheet, you can use the same one because it never changes!
Mar. 26th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
*is impressed*

But it's a shame you can't use it in your dissertation.

All that beautiful work...surely they must give you some points for doing this!!!
Mar. 26th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know. In the long run it works out well, but it doesn't seem very productive in the short run!

I'd like extra points for paying ridiculous money for that score as well! My supervisor was really impressed with that, and she was even more impressed with (and jealous of) my email from Hans Zimmer.
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