We have been using RØDE mics for the Inner Circle podcast since, well, like forever. These mics are perfect for a clear sound quality and have served us well over the years. But now, it’s that time again! RØDE Microphones has returned for its 5th annual short film competition and it’s jammed packed full of prizes that could come in handy to my fellow filmmakers out there! How much in prizes you ask? Well, last I heard of the prize pool it’s now up to $1,000,000 in prizes! And, yes, those zeros are intentional.
I can’t help but think what a kickass opportunity this is for all you rising stars out there trying to make a name for yourselves. Whether you got yourself a RED camera or your regular old smartphone, it’s fair game. There is no discrimination when it comes to My RØDE Reel. This competition is based completely on creativity and passion. All that is required, other than signing up and meeting the deadline, is including a BTS video showing how a RØDE product is used in the making of your short film.
So, allow me to sum that up: Create a short film up to 3 minutes in length, include a 3 minute BTS featuring the RØDE product used, and then enter at myrodereel.com. Simple as that! And just by signing up, you’re already upping your filmmaking arsenal. The My RØDE Reel entry pack includes a few pre-production templates for storyboard, screenplay, and the title card you can use at the beginning of your film. They will also throw in an hour-long lesson from Philip Bloom’s Cinematic Masterclass for free.
Prizes, like in the past, are determined by judges but there is also a People’s Choice Award voted on by your peers. Some of our sponsors are also providing gear to RØDE’s competition, including Blackmagic Design, Musicbed, Movcam, Freefly, and Adobe. Other prizes come from Zhiyun, MZed, Blastwave FX, FuzzMeasure, Rhino, Miller, Astora, Angelbird, CamCaddie, FilmConvert, Lowepro, Red Giant, Moment, Atomos, iOgrapher, JOBY, Michael Wiese Productions, APHEX and SoundField.
There are 4 major prize categories ranging from Judge’s Film Award, People’s Choice Award, Female Filmmaker Award, and Young Filmmaker Award for the submitted short films; and two major prizes for BTS: Educational BTS Award and Entertaining BTS Award. The possibilities are endless!
Some of the major prizes include URSA Mini Pro including Viewfinder, Shoulder Mount, Battery Plate and Microphone Mount from Blackmagic Design, $1,050 credit from Musicbed, Single-Axis Wireless Lens Control System, Cold Shoe Block from Movcam, Movi Pro Handheld Bundle from Freefly, Adobe CC 1 Year Subscription, and the RØDE NTG4+, which we use in studio for our podcasts, among many others!
One more thing to keep mind, this year will also include a HUGE opportunity. RØDE is also unveiling their new program “The Pitch.” With this new opportunity, and yes, it’s an exceptional opportunity, giving filmmakers a chance to win a year long job as a Video Content Producer at RØDE HQ in Sydney, Australia. Let me tell you, this is the kind of chance that can launch your career to the next level! If you want to enter for a chance to work with RØDE, applicants need to send a 3 minute showreel or pitch. In your pitches, it’s simple. Explain why you would be a great candidate to work for RØDE. It’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory without the diabetes! HA! HA!
Entries close on July 31st, Down-Under Time, so be sure to keep a close look on your calendars wherever you are in the world! Now, get out there and start filming!