Remix "Dracula Untold" for Universal Pictures

Winner Announced On
November 20, 2014
a note from ramin djawadi
"Thank you to all who participated in the Dracula Remix contest. Tarso's Remix reflects the Dracula score while embodying personal style and creativity. The remix has great shape, form, and interesting sounds that leave you wanting more. Slater's artwork is visually vibrant, captures the aesthetics of the Dracula universe, and compliments the tone of the music. Congratulations!"
~ Ramin Djawadi
the brief
In celebration of the release of their upcoming epic action-adventure film, Universal Pictures is giving DJs, remixers and producers around the world the opportunity to remix "Dracula Untold," the title track from the official movie score.

One musician will be selected by Universal Pictures and their guest judge, critically acclaimed composer Ramin Djawadi, to have their remix featured as a digital release on Back Lot Music as well as receive $1,500. The winning song will receive exposure across Dracula Untold's social channels. In addition to one overall winner, the host will have the option to select additional tracks for possible release.

Musicians must use the provided stems and should take inspiration from themes of the movie, the movie trailer, and the original story of Dracula. Music can be created in a variety of different styles. As Ramin puts it, "I encourage diversity, creativity, but most importantly, enjoyment in what you create. Have fun, surprise me.”
about dracula untold
Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series) transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ DRACULA UNTOLD, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula. The DRACULA UNTOLD Soundtrack will feature 20 score cues from the film by Emmy and Grammy Award nominated composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Iron Man, Pacific Rim).

the career opportunity
One artist as selected by Universal Pictures and guest judge, Ramin Djawadi, will:
  • Receive $1,500
  • Receive exposure across Dracula Untold's social channels
  • Additionally, the selected artist may have their remix featured as a digital release on Back Lot Music in connection with Dracula Untold
the community choice
The artist with the largest amount of community support will receive:
  • $500
Meet the judges
Ramin Djawadi (Music by) is revered for his melodic and memorable thematic scores. With compositions that vary widely stylistically between his classical orchestral pieces to electronic and modern genres, Ramin blends the elements with careful consideration to the emotionality and narrative of each scene. The three time Emmy® and Grammy® nominated composer challenges himself with each new project, selecting opportunities that allow him to reach into his repertoire of musical expertise.

Ramin is the composer behind HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “Game of Thrones,” and is currently working with Guillermo del Toro on the “The Strain” after having collaborated with him on "Pacific Rim." Ramin attended Berklee School of Music and once he graduated was mentored by Academy Award®-winning composer, Hans Zimmer. The DRACULA UNTOLD Soundtrack will feature 20 score cues from Ramin.
universal pictures
For more than 100 years, Universal Studios has been bringing unique entertainment experiences to millions of people around the world. Universal does this through motion pictures and home videos, theme parks and attractions, television networks and programming, and much more. They are in the business of thrills and chills as well as tears and laughter -- of inspiring wonder and ultimately transforming moments into lasting memories.
The Stems
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open to global residents.
  • Artists must submit original remixes using the provided stems but can add their own music.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 4 minutes.
  • Submitting artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address so if chosen they can be easily contacted.
  • Submitting artists should retain the higher quality version of their remix which will be sent to Universal Pictures should they be selected.
  • Artists must submit their remix via SoundCloud accompanied by a picture and description.
  • The selected remix may be modified to fit production requirements as designated by the host.
  • All submissions will feature as part of a global gallery with public voting on Facebook and Twitter.
  • All rights in and to the stems are reserved by Universal Pictures. All rights in materials that are created by entrants using the stems are assigned on a work-for-hire basis to Universal Pictures. The entrants and selected artists will not be entitled to make their original songs and materials derived from or incorporating such stems available in any way (other than for the purpose of this Creative Invite and portfolio).
  • No prize will be due or awarded unless and until the selected remixers have signed a remix agreement.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to disqualify artists who we believe are cheating the voting system as this is against the spirit of the Creative Invite.
  • No purchase necessary.
Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
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how universal pictures will choose
Universal Pictures and Ramin Djawadi will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

The community can support their favorite submissions through social voting via Facebook and Twitter. The artist with the largest public support will be chosen as the Community Choice.

In addition to one overall winner, Universal Pictures will have the option to select one or more additional winners, whose tracks may be released.
Key Dates
  • Submit By: November 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: November 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: November 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: November 20, 2014