First: When uploading your work as an audio file only, please include both a mix WITH the VO, and without. Without the VO, it's impossible to tell where we're at in the score. All the better if you upload it with the temp picture!
In this SHORT FILM, which is about 2:45, there are FIVE major beats or turns in the story. This certainly doesn't mean we're looking for five different pieces of music. But those are points where the music needs to take a turn along with the story in some way: By introducing an instrument or a musical idea…Or by otherwise shifting in tone to help carry the story along:
00:06 - Music begins. Begin from the first frame of picture if you like, but I think it'd be better for the music to begin just after her first line "When I was 16, I saw the milky way for the first time".
00:49 - Introduce Dad.
1:13 -1:30 - Beginning on the box, a (subtle) anticipatory build to bring us to the moment where she finally sees the stars for the first time.
1:36 - 1:52 - Stars are revealed. This is a big moment, but not quite our biggest yet. The music then settles back again until about 2:15
2:15 - 2:38 - This will be a long pullout, from ground-level all the way out to the milky way…This will be a very dramatic moment, the biggest of the film. It should build big, and then settle back down around 2:38, where we return to the ground and the characters, and we conclude the piece.
As for the tone of the score, it's probably easier to describe what we DON'T want, rather than what we DO: As much as this is ultimately a sweet and uplifting story, we don't want it to be overly-sentimental. No Big Hollywood musical textures, like big, sweeping melodies. In fact, for melody or foreground stuff, I think we're looking more for a contained economy of short motifs…Like 3 or 4 notes, maybe…Or a pair of chords…Something like that. I don't want to hem us in, because a long melodic phrase can work, as well. But I think this score will be more about more ambient parts and textures than big melodic themes. Since there are a couple of grand spots where the music needs to grow big to complete the moment, maybe you want to start there, and work backwards, so you'll always have a gauge of where you're at intensity-wise.
Also, our final score won't include sampled orchestral instruments. But since a lot of people are talented orchestral writers with good sample libraries, you're free to mock up your music with MIDI orchestration if you want, but if it ultimately becomes the piece we use, we'll set about making a chart and having the hitREChorchestra play it. So if that's your thing, please set yourself up so that we can eventually get your MIDI files, which makes that process easier. Or just upload them with your tracks. Other than traditional orchestral instruments, for the most part, I'm hearing washy ambient sounds as the base. Long synth tones, chords and swells, those types of things.