Who better to create a creepy score for a creepy presidential debate moment than Academy Award-nominated composer Danny Elfman?
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has been—interesting. Supporters from both sides of the isle, as well as everyone in between can't seem to agree on anything, but one thing many can agree on is the fact that it has been—well, kinda scary. So, it seems appropriate that Funny or Die enlisted frequent Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman to score their supercut of the horror show that was the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, entitled "Trump Stalks Hillary." Check it out below:
All politics aside, Elfman manages to score the awkward moments from the October 9th town hall debate in the only way Elfman could, with plenty haunting tones and shrieking violins, effectively capturing what many called the creepy, stalker vibe Trump's position on the stage seemed to communicate. Elfman shared his thoughts about it with Funny or Die:
Watching Trump lurching behind Hillary during the debate felt a bit like a zombie movie. Like at any moment he was going to attack her, rip off her head, and eat her brains.
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This isn't the only video Funny or Die has made to poke fun at the Republican nominee. A quick browse through their feed is all you need for some hilarious political supercuts, shorts, and mashups like this one featuring Batman and Penguin in yet another project Danny Elfman scored, Batman Returns.
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Et, tu, NoFilmSchool? Everywhere I turn this political season, I am bombarded by hyperbolic partisan rhetoric and I need a website I can turn to that just discusses new camera equipment or gives helpful lighting tutorials.
I think think V Renée used this post as an excuse to pull together some anti-Trump videos and offers NO INSIGHT or commentary into what we can learn as filmmakers from these exercises.
And to top it off, that is some seriously hackneyed, sub-par Elfman score if he really did it.
Please don't think I am "defending" Trump as a candidate, I am not offering a political opinion one way or the other, I just don't want to see the threads of THIS website turn into screeching diatribes about how the country will be destroyed if Candidate A wins or B or whatever. Let's save that for the Huffposts and Drudges of the internet.
Note: I usually really like V Renée posts.
October 16, 2016 at 8:13AM
October 16, 2016 at 10:02AM
Politics is everywhere now.
A politics-free-zone would be nice :-)
At the same time: score and edit can change the meaning of a scene dramaticly. (Although this example is not very strong IMO.)
So there is something to learn from this :-p
October 16, 2016 at 3:37PM, Edited October 16, 4:11PM
I wonder how much money did they get for posting this?
October 16, 2016 at 12:11PM
No Lucky TV with 'Time of my life'?
Maybe the only politically neutral video out there that makes fun of the debate in a great way without choosing sides.
But I am a long time fan of Lucky TV...
Here is the pope opening a magic door:
October 16, 2016 at 3:34PM, Edited October 16, 4:11PM
Without choosing sides being the key. If they simply wanted to illustrate how score and edit can change the meaning of content, which is a valid topic surely, then the even handed way to handle it might be show a video poking fun at each candidate. At least then one wouldn't feel like they were offering an opinion about said base content itself.
But when V. posts 3 videos and ALL of them are attacking one side only, then it feels like a hatchet job disguised as a post about video production.
October 16, 2016 at 6:05PM
October 18, 2016 at 11:12AM