Cue 3: The Watch (from Vipere Au Poing Film Project )

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Vipere Au Poing Film Project

As part of my Mmus in composition at Royal Holloway University I was required to write some cues to the film Vipere Au Poing. The music for the original film was written by my lecturer Brian Lock. The music posed a challenge in many way: learning to use Apple Macs, learning Logic Pro, synchronising to film to name but a few. The course demanded that the soundtrack had to be orchestral in nature hence the scoring for:

Piccolo Flutes 1,2 Oboes 1,2 Clarinets 1,2 Bassoons 1,2 Contra Bassoon 1 Horns 1,2,3,4 Trumpets 1,2,3 Trombones 1,2,3 Timpani Harp Percussion Strings

I produced five cues for the film:

The Shadow | Butterflies | The Watch | Kid's Prison | The Portrait

Cue 3: The Watch: After a telling off by their mother (for stealing a book) ,the boys are in the garden near Jean's favourite tree. They are watching the house and their mother. The cue begins as the mother is telling one of the boys off. The music introduces the Mother's Action motif before a cymbal scrape marks the change of scene. Dark sounds from sul pont. strings and low string pedals with percussion create the feeling of night and tension. As the house is shown for the second time (b10, TCR 05:04:33) the celesta hints at the first few notes of the Main Theme. The his picked up by the contra bassoon before a tubular bell is struck to mark the change of scene to the priest.

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