Score IT! Junior – SPROUT

A clumsy gardener forms an unlikely friendship…

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Score IT! Opens
Tue 29 January 2019

Score IT! Closes
Fri 24 May 2019

Awards Ceremony
Thurs 25 July 2019

Cameron Patrick Public Lecture (ticketed)
Fri 26 July 2019

For any enquiries please email


  • Step 1 – Register for Score IT! to receive regular updates regarding the Score IT! competition
  • Step 2 – Download and watch the Score IT! Junior film, Sprout 
  • Step 3 – Read the Criteria and Director’s Musical Brief and create a musical composition to accompany the film
  • Step 4 – Render the film with your composition embedded as a single sound-track and saved as a .mov, .qt, .avi or .mp4 file
  • Step 5 – Complete the Score IT! Entry Form online and attach the Dropbox file-sharing link to your composition. If you need help with uploading to Dropbox, read a tutorial here.
  • OR Download and complete the Entry Form and post or email your final composition to Queensland Music Festival; 
    • Post – Send your composition on DVD with your completed Entry Form to: Score IT!, Queensland Music Festival, PO Box 1060, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006 
    • Email – Send your composition and completed Entry Form to We recommend sending your file via Dropbox.  

Please save your file using your first name, surname and category eg. John.Smith.Junior  

*when using publicly accessed video sharing sites, please ensure you keep the file private and allow viewing and downloading rights.


Run time: 3:05

Bernice Choong

Jason Rauwerda

Timothy Clark

Concept Artist
Bernice Choong

Ashleigh Gauld
Bernice Choong
Jack Clark
Jason Rauwerda
Jennifer Daniell
Katie Giefer
Leon Warren
Logan Pitcher

Texture Artists
Bernice Choong
Jason Rauwerda

Jason Rauwerda

Bernice Choong
Christopher Stefanac
Ellen Clark
Jack Campbell
Jennifer Daniell
Leon Warren
Manuel Acevedo

Lighting Artist
Jason Rauwerda
Ryan Turner

Sound Recorder/Designer & Video Editor
Christopher Stefanac

Louise Harvey


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.


  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 realises the dramatic intent of the Film as specified by the Director’s Musical Brief.
  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.


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.



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.


  • Two return airfares and accommodation to Brisbane, for finalist and supervising adult to attend the Award Ceremony on Thursday 25 July 2019
  • Masterclass with Cameron Patrick
  • Workshop at Queensland School of Film & Television, on how to make a film
  • Two tickets to the Cameron Patrick public lecture on Friday 26 July 2019
  • Opportunity to meet the Griffith Film School Filmmakers about possible collaborations in the future
  • + RØDE AI-1 Complete Studio Kit


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

If you chose to mail in your composition and score all costs including DVD and mailing charges are the responsibility of each entrant.
Should airfares and accommodation not be required by the finalist, other travel allowances may be made available. All food, incidentals and personal costs related to the Brisbane trip are at the cost of finalist.

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