Live Score Challenge at Zoom Festival

Last week I was at Zoom, the Youth Film Festival for Wales.

I was involved with a workshop where young musicians had one day to create a new score for a short film clip that would be performed live along with the film. This was partly inspired by an event at least year’s Soundtrack Festival, where the Guillemots played a live accompaniment at a screening of the silent film Faust (see this blog post here for more info about that concert).

I was at the workshop, along with Dom Corbisiero (a sound designer who I’ve worked with before) to give some advice and tips about film music to the young musicians. The band that was selected for this event was a talented unsigned 5-piece called Falling With Style.

We watched some film examples and talked a bit about music and within a couple of hours the band had completed the task of writing a new composition to accompany the short 3minute video. Much of the rest of the day was spend on the real challenge – rehearsing and perfecting the music to make sure it fitted exactly in time with the images.

Later that evening the band played a show which included a great performance of thier new piece along to the video. The whole project turned out really well in the end and was great fun to be involved with.


About jackwestmore

Jack Westmore writes music for film, television and media, and is currently based in Cardiff in the UK.
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