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    Opportunity knocking...

    I got this in my e-mail this morning. It may interest some of you.

    Dan

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    Dear Sir or Madam:

    We are seeking a talented music composer for our feature film, "Dog Jack."
    The movie tells the story of runaway slave boy and his dog who join the
    102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. The film was shot
    during the summer of 2005 and is currently in post-production.

    We are looking for a gifted composer who can compose instrumental theme
    music of nothing less than academy award-winning theatrical feature film
    quality, capturing the emotional feel of plantation slave life and soldier
    life in the 1860's. We're open to music with a big symphonic feel (e.g.
    Aaron Copeland ballad) or something on a smaller scale which reflects the
    essence of a period Civil War or southern plantation folk song.

    Ideally, you would bring your unique ideas to the project, be sensitive to
    the story and its characters, work well with the post-production team and
    come up with multiple music ideas before locking in.

    We offer a stipend of up to $2000 for scoring the entire film or less for
    providing a portion of the music. It is O.K. if you live out of town. The
    position is open immediately and can serve to provide valuable exposure and
    feature film experience for the right individual.

    A little bit about myself and our company. Chicago-based McDougal Films has
    been producing films for 20+ years and has a stellar reputation for
    integrity and quality. Three of my family short films won numerous national
    and international awards, including the Best Film of the Year award from
    ICVM. My full length feature, "The Prodigy" was released to 4000+
    Blockbuster Video stores in 2000. After finishing a three year
    professor-in-residence position at Regent University's Graduate School of
    Film and Television, I've moved back to Chicago with my wife, Nevila, son,
    Eddie (8) and daughter, Emilia.

    If you're interested in the position, kindly send a demo to:

    McDougal Films
    Att'n: Dog Jack Music
    341 Linder Avenue
    Northfield, IL 60093

    If you can send a DVD or VHS of a dramatic film you've scored, it would be
    helpful, but not required. Please make sure your phone number and email
    appear on both the cd/dvd/tape and accompanying case. We generally don't
    return submitted demo material, so please send us something you can part
    with.

    I'm looking forward to hearing from you and possibly working together.

    Sincerely,



    Edward T. McDougal, Producer/Director, "Dog Jack"
    houseofcinema@yahoo.com
    www.dogjackmovie.com
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
    --Ray Luke (1928-2010)

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Thanks Dan for posting this!! It's very exciting, and I'll see what I can come up with and hope for the best. Thanks again!!!
    Last edited by Stephanie Pray; 11-23-2005 at 09:52 PM. Reason: oopsie...typo :-)

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by moviemaestro
    Thanks Dan for posting this!! It's very exciting, and I'll see what I can come up with and hope for the the best. Thanks again!!!
    You go girl!

    Nice of you to share this with the forum Dan!

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Check the posts under this same heading in Sample Libraries Discussion for some interesting thoughts.

    Richard

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Yes, I read in the corresponding thread concerns about the integrity of this offer. Still, it may be an opportunity worth pursuing for some. It seems rare that a company would publicly release such an offer (at least, I've never seen one); they will probably get a good amount of demo cd's . . . however they must be a pretty small production company, as the movie they speak of does not seem to be listed on imdb.com.

    I'm not sure how good $2,000 is compared to other work composers could get, but sometimes composers will score short films for free just for the experience . . .
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    This is pretty much an internship. But anyone who can juggle their day job, and still pull it off should try for it. It will be a huge amount of work though if this is a feature.

    There should be a perdium for any additional costs incurred. Travel, in particular.

    For $2000, I would try and retain all ownership of the work and give them non-exclusive sync rights in perpituity. Thats the least that they can do for you, but don't expect it. I've worked a gig like this and the director is going to keep telling you how much plublicity and exposure this will get you, blah, blah, blah. Don't be deluded into thinking its the begining of your career as a film composer. Its only a tiny first step.

    But its still a thrill to pull it off and perhaps once the relationship is developed, more money can be negotiated. I was able to double my fee in the end, but still, double of nothing isn't much.

    All I can say, is do it for the fun. If you can get your name on a distributed work, that's pretty cool.

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by rwayland
    Check the posts under this same heading in Sample Libraries Discussion for some interesting thoughts.

    Richard
    I'm interested in this project, but I'd love to see what you guys are refering to here; could somebody link to this discussion (I looked in Sample Libraries, couldn't find anything)..

    Thanks,
    Steve Main
    Steve Main
    stmain@aol.com
    www.stephenmain.com

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    Re: Opportunity knocking...

    Quote Originally Posted by stmain
    I'm interested in this project, but I'd love to see what you guys are refering to here; could somebody link to this discussion (I looked in Sample Libraries, couldn't find anything)..

    Thanks,
    Steve Main
    Okay, here is the link:

    http://www.northernsounds.com/forum/...ad.php?t=39939

    My question about it is whether it is opportunity or exploitation. Probably depends on the individual.

    Richard

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