Created By: unclerupee on November 30, 2011

Cameo Cantata

A short burst of familiar music used to emphasise a cameo

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Seen It a Million Times, can't think of many examples.

In a trope-heavy film, a sneaky cameo can flash by in a couple of seconds. Maybe the camera lingers on a Shout-Out object for a few seconds, maybe a certain actor gets a walk on. But how do we help the audience spot these injokes and etc? Step forward, Cameo Cantata. A cantata is a short composition of music, and in this case it's usually a few bars from a familiar theme-tune or similar, just to help the audience make the connection.


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