Short film suggestions for film scoring practice

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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,, 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 site, where members can discuss films and film projects.

Members of now have permission to use twelve of these films in the following ways:

  1. Write new scores for these films on their own, or in private or group lessons 
  2. Show these films with the new score in a public concert 
  3. Discuss these films and their music score in forums on Virtual Artists 

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! 


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Comment by Harmonia on June 13, 2013 at 8:28am

Sam, I didn't have Day and Night marked private.  The original posting had been changed on YouTube.  I've redone the link to point to a version that is active.

And yes, Ray is correct - presenting the results of these film scorings without permission is not a good idea.  I've written to most of the presenters in the list to get permission to set these scores as a student project, but have not heard back from any one yet.

We are waiting (patiently) for films to come from two sources.  These two groups are going to work in partnership with us in an environment where we can practice film setting on real films and they can improve their films with quality scores from our group.  The first film, from Second Sunday Film Series was supposed to be ready for us on June 1, but the production is behind and now they say we will get the film on June 20.   The second group, MovieMakers, is a student film group who hopes to begin a partnership with us in the near future.  

In the meantime, any of you can practice on the short films listed, but we won't air the results unless we have permission from the film folks.

Comment by Samantha Strowd on June 13, 2013 at 6:28am

But I was able to find Day and Night somewhere else and I liked that one.  But with La Luna I liked the guitar in the background and maybe I can compose something along with that?

Comment by Samantha Strowd on June 13, 2013 at 6:27am

When I clicked your link the video popped up and it said it was private? I think you can change your video settings to not private because I think that means only you can view them..

Comment by Raymond Kemp on June 13, 2013 at 2:23am
Commercial film clips are a great way of testing oneself in underscore but, presenting the result publicly without the production company's permission is illegal.
Comment by Harmonia on June 13, 2013 at 12:27am

That's a lovely film Samantha!  What did you mean by your question - "videos are private"?

Comment by Samantha Strowd on June 12, 2013 at 10:11pm

videos are private? here is another one called la luna

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