TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz, VP of Marketing for TCM Tanya Coventry, Film Composer Hans Zimmer and Grand-Prize Winner James Schafer. (Photograph by: Jesse Grant)
In the running for the grand prize were Jaebon Hwang from New York City; Jeremy Schrepple from Los Angeles; Garth Neustadter from Appleton, Wisc.; James Schafer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and Edward White from London, England. Each participant scored a 90-second clip from the silent classic Beau Brummel (1924), starring John Barrymore and Mary Astor, for the final round of judging. Schafer, the grand-prize winner, received $15,000 and a chance to score a feature-length film for premiere on TCM. Runners up also received prizes, including Apple laptops and Logic Pro Software.
Talent competing in TCM’s 8th Annual Young Film Composers Competition were challenged to score a brief clip from Beau Brummel, matinee idol Barrymore’s portrayal of the arrogant 19th-century style mogul who enjoyed life among England’s upper class until he insulted his good friend, the Prince of Wales. The competition, which ran from Jan. 1, 2007 - March 31, 2007, was opened this year for the first time to participants from not only the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada but also France and Spain.
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