Short Film Tutorial #5: Music

Here’s V Studios’ Short Film Tutorial #5: Music

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said that music is the universal language of mankind. In films, there will always be some sort of music unless you are using silence to convey a message. Filmmakers use musical score to help bring different types of scenes closer to a common theme.

For your short film, you may find yourself looking for the right music to use in your film. However, please don’t use copyrighted music unless you want to shoulder the cost for licensing the song. For small productions, we recommend using royalty-free music available to you online or those with Creative Commons Licenses that allow you to share, copy, and distribute music both for personal, commercial & non-commercial use. Here are a few links that we recommend:



This site includes many different genres of music by many different artists under the Creative Commons License.


CC Mixter

ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.


The Freesound Project

The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. Freesound focuses only on sound, not songs.



Audiofarm is an audio website for helping people explore, share, and enjoy Creative Commons Audio from around the world.


If you want to know more about Creative Commons License, you can follow this link.


Also, to know more about how to legally use popular music in your films or videos, you can follow this link

Do you think you’re ready for the contest? Catch up with us on our next tutorial where we’ll tackle uploading your videos for everyone to see. Always remember: this is in preparation for making your film. Don’t forget to send your entries to the V Studios Short Film Contest! You can find the details of the contest here. Don’t rest on your laurels for a job a well done. Compete and be seen in the biggest event of the year! The winning entries would be shown in V-Indonesia 2012 from September 5 -9! So don’t miss it!


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