A Little Mischief




A Little Mischief is a 2016 animation short film produced and directed by Joy Dawood at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

The film tells the story of a little boy who lost his basketball and stumbles upon a mesmerizing crystal ball inside a fortune-teller’s tent. When he decides to replace his average-looking ball with the fortune-teller’s, the boy triggers a series of magical events he could not have foreseen. In keeping with the medieval and Eastern European flavored set designs, the score was written for solo violin, duduk, accordion, zither, dulcimer, and harp (all recorded live in Los Angeles), backed by the warm strings of the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra.

Film music should move you and stand alone as entertaining and evocative with or without the visuals. When I was asked what my thoughts were right after I saw the final edit with music, I wasn’t able to immediately recollect my words because I was still connected to what was going on in the characters’ minds. Jerome’s music conveys the psychological drama of the scenes in the most beautiful, entrancing way.
— Joy Dawood

At SVA Computer Art we produce over sixty short films and animations each year. The first challenge of a short film is to strike a chord with the viewer quickly then enforce the emotions of the film. Jerome Leroy has contributed to the very best of our films with his patience and professionalism. He has the ability to underscore a film’s brightest and darkest moments while providing the thematic continuity it requires.
— John McIntosh, Chair, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and VFX, School of Visual Arts, New York


Strings performed by
The Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra

Session Supervisor
Balint Sapszon

Recording Engineer
Gabor Bucko

Pro Tools Editor
Miklos Lukacs

Recording Producer
Miklos Lukacs Jr.

Score Mixed by
Guillermo Marin

Mixed at
RED57 Studios, Burbank, CA

Score Produced by
Jerome Leroy

Mastered by
Patricia Sullivan, Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood

Album Art Direction by
Javier Burgos


Thanks to Perrine and Joachim; Joy, John McIntosh, Jimmy Calhoun, and the Computer Art Department staff at the School of Visual Arts in New York; Balint Sapszon and all the musicians involved in creating this score; Guillermo Marin; and James Jamail and Pat Sullivan.