6 Hour Film music challenge | Student Q&A
Q: What was the project/brief?
A: The project given to us was a real intense, real world situation. We partnered up with the acting and performing students who had directed and filmed their own short film of around 5 minutes. We talked to the directors of the film regarding what sound and feeling they were aiming for in their movie. We were the given 6 whole hours to compose, record, mix and master our piece and put it to film.
Q: What was it like at the screening?
A: When we attended the screening, we didn’t really know what to expect. We were nervous as how our composition would be received by the entire acting and performing department but we had nothing to worry about. We were approached by many people and were told how well it fitted with the picture and how other people in the department would be open to working with us in the future. It was a great experience
How did you organising yourself as a team?
Each member of our group had different specialties when it came to music composition so we divided the group based on our strengths. Jonah was in charge of the arrangement of the overall project and programmed most of the orchestral aspects of the score along with some guitar playing. Jordan was the main live performer of the group playing guitar and chords live into logic which later became strings, leaving me to be the sound designer of the group programming things such as transitions, drones and other weird sounds.
What have you learnt from the project?
We have leant a lot from the this collaboration with the acting and performance students such as how to work under time constraints in a high pressure environment, not only did we have only six hours to complete the score but it would be shown to the entire acting and performance course including course leaders. When we first showed the score to the filmmakers they seemed really pleased with the result which came as a relief to us as we were not sure if we went overboard and took the attention away from the visuals.