You don’t have to be all that young to enter this…just 18-35. If you win, you get the “opportunity” to produce a score for the silent movie “Beau Brummel” and TCM will put it on the air. Congratulations, you’ll have your first IMDb entry! 😉
Here’s what you need to do according to the rules (they’re a little long but here’s the rough version):
- Go write yourself a 60-second score to one of 4 Beau Brummel clips on TCM’s site.
- Upload your score here by March 31st.
- Judges will choose 10 semi-finalists in April.
- The semi-finalists find lawyers among friends and family to review legal releases to keep TCM’s legal department happy. (Also they will have to send in written scores of their 60-second demos).
- The judges cull the group down to 5 finalists.
- In May, finalists receive a new 90-second clip to score by June.
- Finally, in August, judges pick a winner.
The champion composer gets a 4GB dual CPU Intel Mac, an extra copy of Logic Pro, and an “opportunity” to complete a score to “Beau Brummel”, which, if not blown, will result in the composer inviting friends over to watch it on TCM.
In past years it says Hans Zimmer has served to “mentor the winner, shepherding them through the composing process and sharing his enormous experience with the lucky individual.” It’s not crystal clear from the Web site that it will happen this year, but even if it’s just over email, that’s pretty cool.