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So many things are affected by what is going on the world – politically, socially, economically and in pop culture. This allows for the shifting of what’s popular and the appearance of new trends that are created by what we experience, what we see and what we want to emulate. Sync licensing is no exception! So, let’s take a look at some film and TV sync licensing trends in 2021!

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5 Film & TV Sync Licensing Trends In 2021

Orchestral Renditions

As you may have noticed in the Netflix period drama smash Bridgerton, classical renditions of popular throwback hits are making a regular appearance in film and TV. You may also have spotted an orchestral rendition of Britney Spears’ Toxic in the critically acclaimed Promising Young Woman! Fusing recognizable melodies with the elegance of strings, quartets and orchestras is a great way to engage your audience whilst creating the atmosphere of a different time.

Mixing Of Scores, Diegetic Music & Original Songs

In the modern day, film scores are rarely the sole soundtrack for movies. Instead, tons of movies merge licensed tracks, diegetic music and original songs to create a final product with more range. It’s therefore now important to consider how separate tracks merge together and mesh with the movie’s other audio elements.

Keeping It Simple (And Small!)

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, smaller groups of musicians are behind the tracks we hear in modern day movies. Large orchestras weren’t feasible due to caps on how many musicians could collaborate in physical spaces, which has allowed smaller ensembles to emerge in recent times. Due to this, more simplistic textures, sparse arrangements and more open scores emerged, making for a simple yet effective way of reaching audiences.

Sweet Nostalgia

This past year has left many people across the globe wishing for simpler times, allowing for a rise in the amount of nostalgia-heavy tracks being licensed. The tracks aren’t always necessarily from a different time, but are also influenced by 60s, 70s and 80s music, sonically transporting us back to another time.

Protest Tracks

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Original, protest tracks are becoming extremely present within sync licensing in 2021. For example, Fight For You from Judas and the Black Messiah and The Trial of The Chicago 7’s Speak Now. With 2020 raising political concerns, the Black Lives Matter movement ramping up and the conflict caused by COVID-19, original, moving tracks about resilience, injustice and fighting for what’s right are striking a chord with audiences.

Final Thoughts

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The ever-shifting and fast moving landscape of film and music can sometimes make it difficult to keep up with trends, so it’s important to keep your finger on the pulse! In 2021, it seems that audiences are looking for escapism, nostalgia, authenticity and comfort in their film music.

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