Short film suggestions for film scoring practice
2016 UPDATE: Our short film collection is being moved to our new Music Education site, MusicWiz.club. When the move is complete, you will be able to access the list from either VirtualArtists.com or MusicWiz.club.
MusicWiz is mobile-ready and uses the latest technology to keep your favorite information available on all devices. MusicWiz also features a highly sophisticated search engine for teachers, performers, composers, technicians and other music professionals. MusicWiz is geared toward professional profiles, extensive search capabilities, ongoing competitions and contests and other Music Education Showcase features.
Our collection of short films has been carefully selected to give our students and beginning professionals a chance to practice scoring superb films. Join our free music education site, MusicWiz.club, to use these films in your own scoring projects, and to post your professional profile where film makers can find you for other film scoring projects. We will continue to host forums on this VirtualArtists.com site, where members can discuss films and film projects.
Members of MusicWiz.club now have permission to use twelve of these films in the following ways:
Film length is listed in this format: length (length before credits). Each link includes interesting information about the filmmaker.
The creators of the following twelve films have kindly given us permission for their use:
YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ - by Gavin Heffernan & Harun Mehmedinović - 3:59 (3:41) added 7/15/2014
Warm Winter - Xin Li 3:00 (2:34) added 7/8/2013
The Umbrella - Xin Li 3:01 (2:19) added 7/8/2013
Ara's Tale - Martin Lubich 8:21 (7:33) added 6/28/2013
Sintel - Blender Open Projects 14:48 (12:26) added 6/27/2013
Big Buck Bunny - Blender Open Projects 9:57 (8:09) added 6/27/2013
Bike - Vida Vega 0:30 commercial added 6/25/2013
mi'au myau - Vida Vega 1:00 (0:58) added 6/25/2013
Felix in Hollywood - Public Domain 7:59 (7:49 ) added 6/22/2013
Lexi - by Nina Paley 2:20 (1:53) added 6/22/2013
Malaria - by Edson Oda 5:31 (4:49) added 6/20/2013
The Writer - by Edson Oda 3:00 (2:56) - added 6/20/2013
Here are some other short films you might enjoy viewing. It's worth listening to their current musical settings and seeing what you like and/or don't like about the music that's used. Notice that some of them use pre-existing music written by famous composers - you can also choose to do the same. Some are a combination of existing compositions and new music, still others are all original music. A film composer or music director uses many combinations of old and new music, sounds, and effects.
Please note that we do NOT have permission to score these films, but you can score them on your own as long as you do not present the final product to others.
Day and Night - Pixar Short Film 5:51 - notice all the classical pieces used in the original version
One Man Band - Disney Pixar Short Film 4:22 this one could feature many orchestral sounds
Alma - Pixar 5:30 This one is spooky and would be fun to score
Lady Ice - A Freezing Aniboom Animation - 7:31 How would you write c--o--l--d music?
Silent Symphony - Tamil Short Film - 7:00 - turn the sound off and imagine your own score
In Box - Madonne Ashwin - 8:37 - another love story with post-its!