Directed by Naomi Scutts
This film follows the journey of Greb, a young chameleon, who in his search for a meal finds himself on an adventure. The perilous events that unfold see Greb tested at every turn, and the music that accompanies these obstacles should hold the viewer in suspense. The composition should convey danger and highlight the ongoing pursuit of Greb by the bird.
The scene where we see Greb trapped in the fast-flowing river and ultimately down the waterfall should be marked by frantic composition – enforcing Greb’s attempt to fight the current. Then, as his rival – the Kingfisher – picks Greb up, I want the audience to be initially relieved at his rescue, but for the music to change here to signify that this is not a moment of safety, but that he is still in danger. Deep, strong string elements would help to strengthen this.
The next scene, where we see Greb escape the bird’s back, should be marked by triumphant music (brass could be used here) that shifts to an increasingly suspenseful tone as we see Greb’s grub caught by the Kingfisher and offered to its babies.
As Greb makes a last desperate effort to hold onto his worm, the composition should be victorious – interspersed with percussive elements to highlight his fall from the nest.
Finally, we see Greb reach an uninterrupted moment where he can at last enjoy his well-earned meal. But they have endured too much together, and with fondness, Greb releases the grub back onto the ground. The music here should convey these emotions, of compassion and solidarity. Light strings and woodwind would suit this scene nicely. And then the worm is stepped on. This is a key moment to incorporate humour into the composition and explore the irony of the story’s ending. Be creative here, both instrumentally and melodically.
Overall, it would be great to see composers use contrasting themes throughout the entirety of their composition to highlight the differences and ever-changing moods.