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SCORING COMPETITION

Create your own score to an exclusive clip for a chance to win every Spitfire Audio library, a signed score manuscript and a mentoring session with top composer, Pinar Toprak!

Spitfire Audio is delighted to have teamed up with A-list composer Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Fortnite, DC’s Krypton), Mad Ghost Productions and DC Entertainment on a brand new competition. Having secured an exclusive clip from season one of the DC Universe series Stargirl, we’re offering you the opportunity to reimagine it with your own original score, work with top-of-the-line visual material (that includes all dialogue and FX) and win some amazing prizes!

GOOD LUCK!

How to enter

• Download the music-free Stargirl clip

• Complete your score in whichever DAW you choose

• Upload and set it to ‘Public’ on your own YouTube account and tag with #MyStargirlScore

• Submit your score via the application form

• The deadline to enter the competition is 23:59 BST on the 12th August 2021

• The winner and four runners-up will be announced on the 23rd September 2021

Judging Criteria

Once the submission deadline has closed on the 12th August 2021, the team at Spitfire Audio and Stargirl’s Series Composer, Pinar Toprak will select the winner based on the following criteria:

The individuality of your score

You don’t have to match the original score, or what Pinar Toprak has done for the rest of the series. You could choose to program an orchestra, record live instruments or your voice, or maybe use a blend of synthesizers and free libraries like LABS. It’s about what YOU do with this scene with fresh eyes and ears.

How well your score suits the visuals

Your music should sit well with the activity on screen. Are you working around the dialogue and FX? Have you hit the cue points? Does your score keep up with the pace of the visuals?

How you handled the emotional content in the scene

The school bus scene that Pinar Toprak has chosen goes from intense action to drama very quickly and you’ll have to handle both of them with care.

Prizes

The winner of the competition will receive:

Spitfire Audio Everything Collection - every Spitfire Audio library on two external SSDs, worth over $20,000 if bought separately

A virtual mentoring session with series composer, Pinar Toprak

A manuscript of the Stargirl Theme, signed by Pinar Toprak



The four runners-up will receive:

Spitfire Audio Albion Collection

A manuscript of the Stargirl Theme, signed by Pinar Toprak

About Pinar Toprak

Pinar Toprak is one of the most refreshing voices in music composition today with a diverse body of work spanning across film, television, and video games. She has composed for major superhero sagas like Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, DC’s Stargirl on The CW, and SY-FY’s Superman prequel series Krypton. She also scored HBO’s six-part docuseries McMillions, as well as Epic Game’s ‘Fortnite’.

Toprak was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey where she began her classical music education at the age of five. After studying composition and multiple instruments at the conservatory she moved to Chicago to study jazz, before continuing on to Boston for a degree in film scoring from Berklee College of Music.

About DC's Stargirl

Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (series star Brec Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to take up the legacy of a long lost superhero team—The Justice Society of America—and stop the villains of the past.

Stargirl is available to view on The CW in the USA and Amazon Prime in the UK. Season 2 premieres on the 10th August 2021

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New to scoring?

We offer an extensive range of free virtual instruments to help you get started: BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover (survey completion required for free download), over 30 LABS instruments and hundreds of free sounds on Pianobook.

Getting Started

Need some help getting started? Check out the video below from Spitfire Audio’s Co-Founder and composer of over 50 major titles, Paul Thompson, as he shows how to import the clip into a DAW and enter the competition.

If you need a hand on where to start you should check out the video below from Spitfire Audio’s Co-Founder and composer of over 50 major titles, Paul Thompson, as he shows how to import the clip into a DAW and enter the competition.

We’ve got some quick guides on how to import video files into a variety of different DAW's:

FAQ

Where can I find the competition rules?
All of the rules are available here

When is the competition deadline?
The competition closes at 23:59 BST on 12th August 2021

Who is Judging the competition?
Pinar Toprak and the team at Spitfire Audio

How do I attend the mentoring session if I win?
The mentoring session will be held online, via video call at a convenient time and date for Pinar Toprak and the winner

Does it matter where I live?
This competition is worldwide, however, it is important to note that some countries and regions don’t permit these types of competitions; so it is important to check to see if your region or country allows the competition prior to entering

Can I enter if I’m under 18?
If you’re under 18 years old then you’ll need permission from your parent/guardian. Proof of permission should be provided upon request from Spitfire Audio

How do I know whether my entry has been received?
You will receive an automated confirmation email once you have successfully completed the entry form, make sure to check your Junk/Spam folder incase

How do I know whether my entry has been judged?
Once your entry has been viewed on YouTube a comment will be left by our team

I want to edit my submission, can I?
We can only accept one entry from each entrant, but you can edit your entry at any time before the closing date (23:59 BST on the 12th August 2021). Just click the “Edit response” button in the confirmation email you received from Google Forms

I don’t have a YouTube account, do I need one?
You will need to set up a YouTube account in order to submit to this competition. If you already have a Gmail email address, simply login to YouTube using this

Do views and subscribers count?
Not at all, the competition is about your skills as a composer

Can you give me feedback on my entry?
If you’re looking for feedback we’d suggest sharing your submission on our Forum - our community is very supportive and encouraging. We would love to provide feedback to everyone that enters but the number of entries we receive in competitions makes that extremely difficult to do!

Can I collaborate on my entry?
We can only accept one entry per person and one person per entry

Can I use my submission in my portfolio/CV?
You’re welcome to use your submission, providing you clearly state that it was for a competition and was not commissioned, or endorsed by either DC Entertainment or Spitfire Audio

Do I need to use Spitfire Audio sounds in my music to enter this competition?
Nope! You don’t have to include Spitfire libraries in your score – but you must be the legal owner of any sounds, sample libraries, or virtual instruments you use

Can I make reference to other scores in my score?
We cannot accept any entries that break copyright law

Any Further Questions?
If you have any further questions, please check out the Spitfire Audio Forum