Remember that you must use permissioned music for the films (and prove that it is), otherwise they are not eligible. This is not as hard as it seems, since there are numerous libraries of free (or easily licensable) music that you can access online. Ask around. Ask me.
However, some people last year made their own music for their films. In at least one case a team member was a major in film scoring, working in SCA and Thornton. I’ve contacted the head of Scoring in the SCA and he’s let the students on the scoring program know about the competition, so you might find that there are willing collaborators from there (and of course possibly wider afield) to make new music for your film… Music could well be one of the special category prizes, if we decide to award a prize for that at the judging period (I’m not promising that… just saying) so don’t neglect this opportunity. Note that you can also work with someone who is not at USC for music production…. just make sure that this is indicated in your entry and that you have their permission… they can be a contractor or consultant for your project, in that case…
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