Stage & Screen
Film & TV: Villains (with a teacher)
This activity is for classroom use. Your teacher will have further material to use alongside the clips and information below.
Which of the below scenarios do you think best fits the following music clip?
- A hero who triumphantly saves someone from a burning building
- A villain who finally captures his nemesis
- A couple who fall in love after looking into each other’s eyes
You’re going to create a short piece of drama based on the villain scenario from Section 1. After rehearsing your scene in a small group, you will perform your short piece of drama to the rest of the class using the music clip from Section 1 as your soundtrack! (Tip: The music clip is about 25 seconds long, so make sure your drama fits this timescale).
Take a look at the composing ideas on the sheet you are given and then listen to the music clips. Can you work out which ideas belong to which villainous music clip?
One of the music clips has only one idea linked to it – the other two clips have two ideas linked to them.
If you could only choose two of the ideas as being the most important in creating a musical theme for a villain, which two would you choose and why?
Make sure you are able to give a reason as to why you chose a particular idea.
Crescendo: When music gradually gets louder
Dynamics: The volume (degrees of loud and quiet) in a piece of music
Ostinato: A short repeated rhythmic or melodic idea
Pitch: Whether a note is high or low
Rhythm: A combination of notes that are of different lengths or durations
All media credits – titles, composers, artists, sources etc. – may be found in the Teacher Sheet, accessed from the Info box at the top of this page.