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Competition for Silent Film Composers

PostTue Feb 11, 2014 12:38 pm

The below is from Australia's National Film and Sound Archive and might be of interest. The terms and conditions are at the website.

The true story of the film in question is rather interesting. First National purchased the German film Unsere Emden for Australian distribution, sight unseen, because of its obvious appeal to Australians. It had also been unexpectedly popular in England, where it was compared favourably to Battleship Potemkin. Not surprisingly, when FN did view it, they found that it focused too much on the German side of the story and not enough on the Australian. They assigned their top publicity man in Australia, Ken G. Hall, to essentially reshoot and rewrite the entire second half of the film to give it a more local focus. The result was released as Exploits of the Emden in 1928.

Poor old Unsere Emden - it looks to have been quite a good picture (it doesn't survive in full), and yet no film was more used and abused. It yielded footage for at least two other films on the same topic by the same German director; plus a cut-down sound version of Exploits of the Emden, and yet another differently cut version for American release - at least six different films in all!

http://www.nfsa.gov.au/whats-on/test-of-war/

'Test of War' young composers' competition

Entries open: 3 February 2014
Entries close: 16 May 2014
Winner announced: 27 June 2014

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), in association with the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), is offering young composers (aged 18–26) the opportunity to create a soundtrack for a five-minute clip of a silent film of Australia’s first naval battle in the First World War.

The winning entry will be included in the exhibition Test of War – Royal Australian Navy in WW1 at the ANMM in 2014. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to regional and metropolitan museums around Australia from June 2015 until late 2018. Entrants will compete for the winning prize of a Toshiba Portégé (Ultrabook Tablet) valued at $1,499.

About the exhibition

The stories of soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front are well known; less well known are the stories of the Royal Australian Navy and their operations around the world.

Test of War – Royal Australian Navy in WW1 traces the history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) from its genesis after Federation in 1901, its formation in 1913, and its immediate baptism of fire in the first great global conflict of modern times – the Great War of 1914 to 1918. The exhibition tells the history of the RAN through the voices of those who were there and the images and objects that have survived to this day.

One of the most significant stories in the exhibition is the battle between HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMS Emden. This was the first great naval engagement of Australia’s new navy and it not only ended the amazing exploits of the Emden that had been raiding the Indian Ocean seemingly at will, but was celebrated with great gusto by Australians as their first victory in the war.

The battle became the subject of books, posters and all manner of celebratory ephemera – including film. A clip of a silent film made in 1928 by Ken G Hall of the Sydney-Emden story will form an important part of the Test of War exhibition. The film is in the NFSA national audiovisual collection.

The film clip will be presented with the winning entry as part of a focus on the Sydney-Emden battle that includes historical artefacts from the vessels and participants. As it will resonate through the exhibition space, the soundtrack will form a central, aural identifying element of the exhibition. Any of the entries may be selected for presentation in the exhibition, with attribution of the entrants.

About your composition

The soundtrack needs to evoke the historical events, fit the silent film genre, and reflect upon the patriotism, celebration and commemoration – both past and present – of Australia’s first great naval victory.

The winning entry will best present the shifts in mood and drama portrayed in the film clip. The overarching theme of the exhibition is telling the history of conflict and its commemoration through personal voices and stories. The soundtrack should complement this.

The sound may be in any musical style – past or contemporary – but must consider the context of the display setting and the evocation of historical events, as well as the context of the cinematic production.

Any instrumentation and style may be used, provided that the soundtrack is made specifically for the competition and does not infringe any rights.
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Re: Competition for Silent Film Composers

PostSat Feb 15, 2014 5:44 pm

Ah, the fine print... granting a perpetual license in exchange for a $1500 laptop. Also, applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old. Another bullshit "silent film music competition."

13. By making an Entry, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive licence throughout the world in perpetuity and for no fee for the NFSA and the ANMM to:

13.1 use the soundtrack for the film extract in the Test of War – Royal Australian Navy in WW1 exhibition (Exhibition) at the ANMM and at any venues chosen by ANMM for the tour of the exhibition;

13.2 use the soundtrack in any of the NFSA’s public programs (including Big Screen, School Screen and Black Screen) and for research purposes internal or external to the NFSA;

13.3 use the soundtrack on any websites and social media platforms controlled or operated by the NFSA or ANMM; and

13.4 use the soundtrack in any promotional formats.

14. The Entrant also agrees that the NFSA may, but is not required to, include the soundtrack in the NFSA national audiovisual collection.
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Re: Competition for Silent Film Composers

PostMon Apr 28, 2014 1:50 pm

I have no trouble with the age requirement. It's good to encourage young musicians, who can have a hard time breaking in. Better pay, though, would be a distinct plus; and they definitely should provide travel to, and lodging at, and a per diem for, the premiere screening.
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Re: Competition for Silent Film Composers

PostMon Apr 28, 2014 2:44 pm

Rodney wrote:I have no trouble with the age requirement. It's good to encourage young musicians, who can have a hard time breaking in. Better pay, though, would be a distinct plus; and they definitely should provide travel to, and lodging at, and a per diem for, the premiere screening.



Agree with the comments, trouble is that the NF&SA doesn't have all that much money. It's not funded well by the Government, which of course is a shame.
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