Thank you all for your submissions to The Film Score Project.  We received 35 submissions to the project, all of them now posted on the Project Page.  We encourage you to watch other people's submissions and to say what you like about each of the scores.  This will be a great way to learn about what is successful about your work. 


We will be reviewing the submissions over the next couple of weeks and plan on announcing the selected score by May 1, 2013. At the same time, we will send each of the composers a sheet with comments from our judges about their score.


But, your work is not completely done!  Now that you have gone through this process, we would like to hear from you about what this experience has meant to you.  There are two ways to keep involved:


1)  Click here to fill out our online survey.


2)  Answer the following questions in this discussion:


  • What did you enjoy the most about writing a film score for The Juggler?


  • What was challenging about writing your score? Or, if you didn't write a score, why not?


  • What questions did this project raise for you? Can the Musical Exchange community help to answer these questions?


Thanks for continuing to be a part of this project. We look forward to more projects like this and to hearing all of your newly composed music!



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What questions did this project raise for you?  Can the Musical Exchange community help to answer these questions?

What was challenging about writing your score?  Or, if you didn't write a score, why not?

I found it a challenge to write the score in so little time, even though I actually finished it more than a week before the deadline.  I decided to sit down for about a half-hour, watch the film and then see if any ideas came to me quickly for music.  If not, I don't think I would have completed a score, but I had an idea and I started to just trust my musical instincts and let it flow.  To my surprise, I had basically finished the score in about a week.  Definitely a good exercise in seeing if I could write something fast but still of high quality, which of course is so important in the film scoring world!

Keane,  I am grateful to you for your response and frankness.  I am glad you did find that you had a musical response to the video and that you trusted your instincts.  I find that musical instincts are always productive, whether or not they are always right! 

What did you enjoy the most about writing a film score for 'The Juggler?'

I really aspire to write music for a living. I think opportunities like this one are the ones where we learn the most. It's not by being in a classroom and reading about composition that I can learn, but by actually doing it for people. I'm am so thankful for the support of the community; I feel that we are all working together to be better composers, we help each other. 

Although I compose music in general for fun and as a hobby, I have never tried to create music in a time limit with a competitive attitude. With a new attitude like that, music some days either just refused to come out of my head or some days urged to be written down. With a new experience like that, I am definitely going to try out for another project just like this. The most enjoyable part of writing this was that there was a big challenge. Composing for a documentary and composing in general is a totally different thing. With timed volume increases and decreases, timed entries, and whether repetition is good or not is all changed by the video. So in a way, the challenge itself was the most enjoyable part of writing the score for "The Juggler."

Excellent!!  It seems that you got a lot out of the restrictions of the commission.  I too agree that it is often more fun to respond to the challenges of a project like this.  Bravo to you for meeting the challenge!

This is not answering any questions in particular, these are just my general thoughts.

One of the most important parts of writing music for a film, in general, is working with a director, and writing what kind of style music he/she wants. Since there was no director, I had the choice to write whatever style I wanted, but at the same time I have no idea in the whole universe whether I wrote something that the judges/director will like or not. I love documentaries, and I loved trying to fit the style of Ali's film. My musical inspirations were things like William Wegman's "Alphabet Soup", and Julian Fellowes' "Downton Abbey". Part of making the score sound good was 'syncing it', or doing little interesting/fun things with the camera changes and other changes of texture in the film to keep it engaging. The section of the music after the opening didn't exactly start with Raina's opening text and there was a big gap of silence between the two sections. Other parts weren't exactly synced up either, and I don't know how much grace I got for that.

Just felt like wearing my heart on my sleeve, good luck to everybody else who entered the competition!   

Zachary,  Thanks for your sharing your thoughts.  I didn't think about the uniqueness of not having the director involved in the process.  I do know that collaboration takes a lot longer in general.  But I am excited to see what you came up with all on your own.  It seems like you have paid very close attention to the video and been very thoughtful about where to best fit your work in with the video.

I enjoyed working on this film for the experience of writing for film.

My favorite part about working on this film was that I was able to have fun writing music for it and being able to use piano was helpful. I also really enjoyed checking out other films after I finished to see how others interpreted it. It was nice as a learning experience to be able to view eachother's videos.

The most challenging part of writing this film score was utilizing 4 instruments from a select list to create the score.

Thanks again for the opportunity!

Chris,  We are so glad that you have been checking out the other submissions.  There are some really great ones.  Everyone approached this project from a different perspective, right?



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