Inspired by the brilliance of the Bath Film Festival screening of The Passion of Joan of Arc in Bath Abbey with 24 musicians etc, we came up with the idea of organising a competition for young people to compose music for short films.
The culmination of that brilliant plan came to pass in Komedia on Thursday night, when 7 brilliant music scores composed by 13 – 19 year olds were screened in front of an extremely enthusiastic audience, who all agreed it was an amazing evening.
There were so many good things, these were my highlights
The shortlisted films were terrific, each of them inspiring to the young composers, as well as being enjoyable in their own right.
Ali Vowles from the BBC was a marvelous MC, friendly, charming, energetic and holding the whole thing together
The panel of judges – Kelvin Swaby, Sarah Class, Gary Yershon and Dickon Hinchliffe – were a wonderful team, who really put their heart and soul into coming up with a list of winners, as well as talking fascinatingly about their own careers.
The organization of the event (Holly of course) was magnificent, with superb support from Alastair, Chris, Hannah and Elspeth – the most reliable and dedicated team we could imagine.
The audience were passionately involved, all of them discussing who should win, who they wanted to win, and who would win.
And above all, the music and the composers. Each of them came up on stage to talk about what they had composed, and were articulate and appealing. The standard of the work was extraordinarily high.
The Winners were:
1st Place for The Honey Plot: Jacob Davies (Beechen Cliff College)
2nd Place for Don’t Let It All Unravel, Matt Cannon
3rd Place for Stealth, James Everingham
Audience Choice, Luminaris by Oli Jones
We had already decided that we would continue the FilmScore competition, because we hoped the evening would go well. In the event surpassed all of our expectations, and so we are even more enthusiastic about building on the success of this first year, learning from our mistakes, and making sure that the 2015/16 competition is even better.
Those who weren’t able to come will wish they had been there, and those did come had an evening to remember.