1 General 2 Composition - video/SMPTE - paper composition 3 Documentation 4 Assessment
A1: Composition assignment: general points
Your composition should be a correctly presented full score showing the following features above each system:  exact metronome marking(s);  seconds elapsed from the start of the musical cue;  cue points to the nearest eighth or tenth of a second;  story board showing, where appropriate: [a] on-screen action; [b] dialogue; [c] sound effects; [d] visual editing events (cuts, zooms, pans, cross-fades, etc. Before submitting your score together with the relevant video cued up 10 seconds before the start of where your music starts, you should, if necessary, use the photocopier to reduce all sheets to A4 format (see Tagg's Assignment Tips).
Your composition (video recording or score) should be accompanied by a written explanation of the following:  your intentions with the music you have composed to picture;  how you think the combination of music and picture will work;  how and why you have chosen which cue points, etc. In the case of video recordings, documentation should also include details of sounds and instruments used.
Weighting of evaluation: 65% for composition, 35% for documentation
[1: composition] synchronisation, pace, appropriateness of mood, originality; [1a: video recording] use of technology; sound balance; sound quality [1b: written score] detail; correctness of presentation; comprehensibility; legibility; [2: documentation] clarity of intent and means of expression, semiotic awareness, language, legibility, presentation.
You may opt to write a mini dissertation (minimum 5,000 words) on any topic relating to the creative and/or aesthetic and/or functional aspects of music for the moving image. The dissertation topic must be cleared in advance after consultation with the course tutor. Typically successful topics have been related to particular types or functions of music, for example advertising, news, sport, soaps, a particular film (other than the one analysed in the previous project), a particular film genre, a particular composer, etc.
based on the following criteria: clarity in presenting and solving a problem
of knowledge, degree of innovation and independent research, theory and methods
used, awareness of problems relevant to the topic (e.g. semiotic, musical-structural,
social, commercial, political, technical, compositional), language, legibility,