Pulp Fiction Meets Casablanca

A few years ago, I took a course in sound for film. It was an amazing experience. A soundscape assignment we were given by our instructor changed how I heard noise and how I approached music composition, and our final assignment was to create an entire soundtrack for a sequence. Prior to that, one of our other assignments was to create foley for the Jack Rabbit Slim’s sequence in Pulp Fiction. It’s a restaurant scene, so I was going to need walla and cutlery sounds.

I was able to build up a pretty realistic soundtrack quite quickly, so I decided to take it a step further. I wondered if I could make the sequence sound like it was from Casablanca. So after putting some filters on the video, I then set about the soundtrack. I “lo-fi’d” it using EQ, rolling off the highs and lows, and emphasizing a little more of the mids. I also put it through some vintage modeled compression and EQ.

It sounded quite good, but it was still missing something. Ah. Play it again Sam. So then I lifted a very memorable musical cue from Casablanca and worked it into the end of the sequence.

And there you have it. A 90s movie, about characters from the 80s/90s enjoying a night out in a 50s styled restaurant with a musical soundtrack from the 40s.

You can’t say you didn’t get your money’s worth.

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