The Movie Challenge has been a fun event/contest on this Forum. I think we should keep it going on a more regular basis even though the originator of the event seems to no longer be active here.
There are technical issues which I think some people haven't been willing to deal with, and that's prevented them from joining in.
I know that the Movie Challenge is what got me finally motivated to try scoring to video. I still haven't done it very much, but discovered it's a very engrossing thing to do - extremely worth the time for anyone to delve into.
One issue that people have had with the contest isthat they want to compose modern film score-like music, and not feel restricted by the older material we've been using. The "20 Million Miles To Earth" trailer used in the last Challenge turned some people off because it was so specific to a genre from a bygone era - it was 1950's sci-fi, and it called for appropriately old-fashioned music.
People have expressed displeasure with silent movie clips also for similar reasons. They feel their music has to be restricted to what's appropriate to the early 20th Century. That's debatable in the case of silent movies, but I understand that some people just don't care for silent films in general, so the idea of working with one isn't appealing.
The problem with modern movie clips is that the rights to use them aren't available.
Here's my proposal:
--Those of us interested could take random video footage with our digital cameras. The clips could be put together in a way something like a modern movie trailer, with the story line unclear, just glimpsed at, hinted at.
--That footage could be scored to in any style people would care to use. Their music would be unrestricted in every way. They could even possibly help discover a story in the seemingly unrelated collage of clips, depending on their scoring choices.
AND - I think it would be good to have someone in charge of this contest who knows the ins and outs of doing movie scoring in home studios. And I know of one Garritan Forum member who fits that bill - Chip "Reberclark."
--Want to keep the contest going?
--Want to be unrestricted in the music you compose, by putting together our own video clips?
--Want to learn more about HOW to do this?--Threads here in General Discussion could be specifically about the How Tos of scoring for film.
--Agree that Reberclark would be a great organizer for this?
I look forward to your input!