The Joker (2019) trailer
My approach to this trailer was to depict the duality of Jokers life. There’s a sadness he experiences when trying to be himself – a misunderstood middle-aged man who doesn’t fit into the real world. He struggles with mental health as well as many complexes.
I begin my orchestration in F-flat minor, in a Grave style. The darkness in the lower strings evoke grief and contemplation. The percussion adds the pulse.
It then moves to Andante (moderately slow tempo) when he discovers his superpower – being the man behind the mask. The triumphant melody invites us into his new world of invincibility and chaos. “I used to think my life is a tragedy, but now I realize, it’s a comedy.”
I divided my orchestration into three parts, namely:
00:00 – 00:38 Everything Must Go
Joker doesn’t fit in. He is bullied and ridiculed by the common man. He works at a store which has him dress up in a clown suit has to encourage passers-by to come in and buy, while holding a sign that says, “Everything Must Go”.
It is here that he is first introduced to playing a different character and wanting to make people laugh.
00:39 – 01:30 Crazier Out There
Sadness of being in the real world. It is so hard being human. “Is it me, or is it getting crazier out there?”
There is a call-and-response in the orchestration between the high and low strings. With the Timpani maintaining the intensity.
01:31 – 02:44 Joker’s Requiem
A requiem is a musical composition associated with death, mourning, and grief; usually relating to the Roman church.
I tackle this section as looking at the ambiguity of Joker, while being performative and manic, he will crash any moment from now. We are all part of his funeral procession, even himself.