Score IT! Junior – SPROUT
A clumsy gardener forms an unlikely friendship…
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Run time: 3:05
Sound Recorder/Designer & Video Editor
Sprout is about an inexperienced and clumsy gardener who is determined to transform her lacklustre garden into something worthy of winning the annual flower competition. While fumbling through her day to day and harming her garden more than improving it, Lily notices that one of her onions has sprouted into a sentient little being. The two form an unlikely friendship and couple-up to revitalise the garden and bring it up to par.
It is a non-dialogue film; therefore, it relies on music to support the mood and atmosphere of each scene. The film begins in the morning, with Lily adjusting the flower competition poster. It should have a calm and gentle start that has a sense of reassurance, as she feels confident in her gardening abilities. After she harvests the onions, she begins to make mistakes, and the music should become muddy, perhaps dipping into minor keys, to reflect this.
In the next scene, she feels defeated when she kneels to retrieve the fallen onions. When one of the onions move, the music should convey playfulness and curiosity. The tempo should hasten when she begins to chase after Onion. When she catches him, the music could pause, slow down, or soften to emphasise that the chase sequence is over.
Sweet, feel-good music should begin when the duo start working together in the garden. When Onion rubs his head in pain, a falter in the music’s melody could be used to symbolise something is amiss. Lily checks on the basket of onions to find that they are infected with mould, and immediately seeks out her friend. The music should sound foreboding but stay soft like in previous scenes. She finds him lifeless and mourns over him. The aim of the music is to build suspense and conclude on sadness and longingness. The next day, Lily wakes up to find that Onion has grown into a vibrant, red flower. The music should sound hopeful as the film ends.
Overall, the music should be soothing, gentle and soft, but these qualities can lessen in the scene where the negative events play. Use of woodwind and string instruments are preferred. Music from The Little Prince can be used as inspiration. Most of this brief is to be taken as a suggestion to help if you are looking for ideas, or to help start your composition.
The entries will be judged according to the supplied criteria.
The judging panel will select three semi-finalists (and in some instances an honourable mention) for each category from which one finalist will be awarded as the winner. The winner will be announced at the Award Ceremony to be held in Brisbane on Thursday 25 July 2019.
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