COMPOSERS + MUSICIANS: We're working on completing the animated short "Rainbow Crow." We have selected this voice over by _Conrad_ to tell the story and the timing of the VO is locked. And now, we need a score for this piece!
Please refer to THIS ANIMATIC when composing your scores.
This short doesn't necessarily need a big grand orchestral score - we're thinking a somewhat intimate, ethereal one but with some strong acoustic elements to it. Think strings, woodwinds, and acoustic guitar - but you could also use some interesting synth pads underneath. Keep in mind that parts of the story take place during winter. The music shouldn't be bright and sunny, but also not too dark or brooding.
Although the story is a Lenape legend, we're not necessarily thinking that the score needs to take on a Native American tone or musical style. Not to say we couldn't go in that direction, we just don't think we NEED to. We want to treat this beautiful story, and the culture it comes from with the utmost respect - so we would hesitate to include anything that seems stereotypical, or cliched or crude in it's approximation of a people and their culture.
We're open to all options at this point. Composers could create something completely from scratch OR anybody could look through the site and find a piece of music that already exists that they think would work well.
RAINBOW CROWS THEME
We'd love to incorporate a Theme for the Rainbow Crow (possibly on flute), that comes in whenever his 'Beautiful Voice' is mentioned. Think of actual birdsongs, and maybe...
VOICE OVER ARTISTS: Perform a reading of this Script for our "Rainbow Crow Myth" short film.
RAINBOW CROW MYTH - Narrator Script - Final
In the beginning, the world was warm and peaceful, and the creatures lived in perpetual summer.
But when The Creator thought of snow and ice, Winter came.
The ground became hard,
the trees bare,
and food scarce.
“Someone must journey to the heavens,” said Wise Owl, “and ask The Creator to un-think winter, else we shall surely starve.”
Rainbow Crow, with his beautiful voice and feathers made of a thousand colours, offered to make the journey.
He flew for three days and three nights,
Through the trees,
and the clouds,
and the stars.
He flew higher than any bird had ever flown, until, at last, he found The Creator.
To draw his eye, Rainbow Crow began to sing - the most beautiful song you’ve ever heard.
The Creator was most pleased, and in return, offered him a gift.
“Great Spirit," said Rainbow Crow, "will you not un-think Winter, and return warmth to the world?”
But The Creator could not un-think Winter, for once a thing was thought, it could not be un-thought.
“Do not despair,” said the Creator. And he took a stick and thrust it into the Sun.
"This is Fire. It will keep you warm, but it will burn quickly, so hurry back, Rainbow Crow, before it burns out.”
Rainbow Crow flew as fast as he could, but the journey back was long.
The stick burned shorter and shorter,
and the fire got closer and closer.
Soon his beautiful feathers were scorched and burned
And his lungs were filled with smoke and soot
But Rainbow Crow did not let go. He flew and flew...
COMPOSERS & MUSICIANS: Compose a Score for this animation. Please use THIS ANIMATIC as a reference. *The deadline for this request is Tuesday June 30th.
ILLUSTRATORS: Draw backgrounds, visuals & characters designs for this short film. Check out THIS ALBUM for examples of the esthetic we're looking for.