SCORE IT!

Score IT! Senior – THE POET AND THE KING

Entries for Score IT! 2018 are closed. Finalists will be announced in June.

A King attempts to win the love of a court poet with a series of terrible, terrible poems.

Running Time 3:34

The Poet and the King, Directed by Asmae Ghani Fahim, Griffith Film School

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KEY DATES

Competition Opens
Mon 22 January 2018

Competition Closes
Fri 18 May 2018

Awards Ceremony
Wed 25 July 2018

Cameron Patrick Public Lecture (ticketed)
Fri 27 July 2018

For any enquiries please email scoreit@qmf.org.au

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CRITERIA

1. The composer has skilfully manipulated musical elements and compositional devices to create cohesive music to support their chosen film.

2. The composition effectively and convincingly elevates the film, responds to the visuals and enhances the dramatic and emotional moments of the story.

3. The composer has presented an original and imaginative composition that is distinctive and demonstrates creativity and an understanding of film composition.

4. The composition demonstrates originality of soundtrack e.g. use of instruments (electronic or instrumental) and avoids the use of stock music or previously written or recorded music.

DIRECTOR'S MUSICAL BRIEF

Director’s Musical Brief by Asmae Ghani Fahim
The Poet and the King

The Poet and the King film heavily relies on traditional Iranian music. As this movie is set in a different part of the world from the western world, it requires Iranian-inspired music, soundtrack and instruments for the audience to feel they are somewhere else.

For the Poet part, I want the music to be peaceful and yet with a bit of attitude. On the other hand, for the King, part of the music should be loud and harsh. Two different kinds of music for each character will communicate to the audience that these two have completely different personalities from each other.  Moreover, it doesn’t matter how hard the King tries he will never be successful in winning the Poet’s heart.

Cam’s Composing Tip for The Poet and the King:

In researching, watching and listening to instruments from other cultures, YouTube is a wonderful resource! For The Poet and the King, start by looking up the following Iranian instruments on Wikipedia & YouTube:

  • Setar (the guitar-like instrument in the film);
  • Daf (an Iranian frame drum you could use for accompaniment);
  • Tombak (also spelled Tonbak or Tombac, which is an Iranian goblet drum you could also use for accompaniment).

Here are some specific links:

Setar and Tombak
Daf
Daf and Tombak

You are not required to use these exact instruments in your scores, as they may not be present in your sample libraries.  But, listen closely and see if you can find a sound from your sample library that is close to the original Iranian instrument … and use that.  However you manage it, find a way to get some Iranian-sounding instruments in there!

It’s okay to use regular string, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano, harp and synthesizer sounds from western music in your score too, but put them in the background and highlight the exotic flavours of the ethnic instruments you choose.

JUDGING

The judging panel will select three semi-finalists (and in some instances an honourable mention) for each category, from which one finalist per category will be awarded. The winning finalist will be announced at the Award Ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Judges will be scoring on the basis of:

20 % Musicality

10 % Technical Proficiency

25% Dramatic Tension

25% Originality

20 % Overall Excellence

FAQ

CAN I ENTER MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY?
Yes, you can enter more than one category depending on your year level. For example, students can enter Junior and Plus or Senior and Plus.

CAN I CO-COMPOSE?
Yes, you can enter with a fellow composer.

WHAT CAN I WIN?

  • Two return airfares and accommodation to Brisbane, for each finalist and supervising adult to attend the Award Ceremony on Wednesday 26 July 2018
  • Access to workshops and masterclasses on composition with Cameron Patrick and lecturers from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • Workshop at Queensland School of Film and TV, on how to make a film.
  • Two tickets to the Cameron Patrick public lecture on Friday 27 July 2018
  • Opportunity to meet third year students from Griffith Film School about possible collaborations in the future.
  • + awesome tech gear

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Score IT! is free to enter and does not have any registration or other fees.

If you choose to mail in your composition all costs including DVD and mailing charges are the responsibility of each entrant.

Should airfares and accommodation not be required by finalists, other travel allowances may be made available. All food, incidentals and personal costs related to the Brisbane trip are at the cost of finalist.

WHEN DO ENTRIES CLOSE?
Online entries or posted entries must be lodged by midnight Friday 18 May 2018.

CREDITS

Director / Lead Background Artists: Asmae Ghani Fahim

Producer / Storyboard Artist / Clean Up Animator / Compositor / Editor: Sarah Connell

Lead Character Designer: Karis Spencer

Minor BGD Colour: Emilia Cilento

Guard Character Design: Tenielle Cridland

Rough Animator: Timothy Sorbello

Second Year Animators: Claire Brooks | Olivia Rea | Alex Praças

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