How Daft Punk Taught Me to Score Scenes

by Paddy Bird on
October 22, 2020

In this week’s show I talk about a profound moment in my editing career that opened the gates to one of the rarest and most sought-after skills an editor can possess... the ability to score to a high level.

How we design our cutting patterns and what we choose to select within the music track to help us create that stylisation, is a rarely talked about skill. Most of us discover it by accident as I did one day in the mid-’90s when watching a music video of one of the tracks of the famous French dance duo, Daft Punk.

It hit me like a sledgehammer, and I’ve been using this creative principle ever since. In this week’s show I talk through and breakdown this concept for you to use, and I guarantee it’ll amaze you.

Cutting Patterns

Go and rent City of God, the masterfully edited Brazilian gangster movie. The first few minutes are a great example of a beautifully constructed cutting pattern. This movie had a deep influence on me and thousands of other editors, a real work of art.

Tracks Featured in This Episode from Universal Production Music

Track 1: Audacious Feeling

Composer: Eric Caspar,Roberto Briot
Publisher: Kapagama
Album: Reality TV - Famous People
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Track 2: Groove Club

Composer: Vermair
Publisher: KTSA Publishing
Album: City Life pt. 2
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Track 3: Worldwide Poolside

Composer: Stephen William Cornish
Publisher: Bruton Music Ltd
Album: Poptronica
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