Audio gear manufacturer RØDE has grown a reputation to be very supportive of filmmakers particularly – both through their products (which are more geared towards shooters that record audio rather than dedicated audio recordists), and their annual short film competition “My RØDE Reel”. Now already in its third year, the competition has seen 1200 entries from 85 countries, which makes it – according to RØDE – world’s largest short film competition. This comes at no surprise if you consider the $300,000 worth of prizes that are awarded in the 16 winning categories: RØDE continuously manages to attract a lot of other well-respected brands to donate prizes, among them Zeiss, Kessler, G-Technology, Small HD, Freefly, Adobe, Bright Tangerine and many, many others. This year, the films were judged by Shane Hurlbut, ASC, Rodney Charters ASC CSC, and Philip Bloom. Here are the 5 major prize winners: · Young Filmmaker to William Royal (UK) for the film Serenity · Female Filmmaker Larica Perera (Canada) for Tik-Tik · BTS to Normandie Productions (USA) and their film DUE/AL · People’s Choice went to Power Play by the Sketch Juice team (USA) · Judges’ Film went to Jay Red (Ireland) and his gripping drama Streetlights I watched the films as well and am amazed by the amount of creativity on display. Shane Hurlbut said about “Streetlights”, “Three minutes is a difficult amount of time to transport a person, to move, to emote. This film does it so well, I love the twist at the end.” Watch the 5 major pirze winners below, one by one, or head over to RØDE’s website for more information and all the other winners as well. And keep an eye out for next year’s competition, as you can see from the amount of prizes, it’s definitely worth entering your work. Serenity by William Royal (UK) – Award: Best Young Filmmaker Serenity is a short film about the way a teenage girl sees the city and how she plays the flute to escape the noise and the hustle of her daily life. Her music is inspired by the movement of the city. Tik-Tik by Larica Perera (Canada) – Award: Best Female Filmmaker Fearful villagers gather at the beside of a woman nearing labour as they prepare for the presence of a sinister creature. Set in the Philippines, TIK-TIK is based off of a popular creature in Filipino folklore, known as the Aswang. DUE/AL by Normandie Productions (USA) – Award: Behind-the-Scenes The goal of DUE/AL is to take you through three minutes of one man’s life. The camera is completely reactionary, capturing the action as if it were being documented in the moment. The driving force behind DUE/AL was the audio mix. No matter how intense the visuals were, nothing would sell the intensity more than a soundtrack that pushes the anxiety levels higher. Every piece of DUE/AL was created to put the audience in the headspace of the injured German. Power Play by the Sketch Juice team (USA) – Award: People’s Choice Joe and Armstrong are engaged in battle. They fight with ferocity but there is more to this fight than meets the eye. Find out who is pulling the strings! Streetlights by Jay Red (Ireland) This film follows the story of a man with a photographic memory who psychologically reflects on his own traumatic past.Read more
Last month stock footage site Filmsupply and Musicbed invited editors to use any of their high quality stock footage and compose enjoyable clips that ...Read more
No camera? No music? No problem! Today sees the launch of a short film contest run by Filmsupply and Musicbed. Simply download the stock footage and sound from their libraries to your heart’s content, and create a piece under 60 seconds for the chance to win $100,000 worth of prizes! Starting today at 10 AM ET, Filmsupply and Musicbed invite you to enter their short movie challenge. To begin, simply register at Filmsupplychallenge.com to download their starter pack, which contains important information and guidelines for the contest. You can use any of the material in the Filmsupply and Musicbed libraries free of charge, provided you only use them for the contest entry and nothing else. Entries should be under a minute, and will compete in the categories of Best Ad Spec, Best Title Sequence and Best Trailer. There will also be winners for the overall Best Sound Design, Best VFX, Best Colour and Best Edit. The judging panel in charge of deciding the winning entries will be made up of renowned figures in the filmmaking industry, including big names like Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut and Vimeo Head of Curation Jordan McGarry. Prizes include $100,000 worth of goodies from the likes of Rode Microphones and LensProToGo, but also DaVinci Resolve Studio and a 12-month free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Moreover, the winners of the three Category Awards will receive some cool experience prizes: Best Ad Spec winner will get a full-paid trip to Fort Worth, Texas, for an on-set experience of filming a Musicbed recording session. Winner of the Best Title Sequence will get a full-paid trip to Austin, Texas, and an access all areas pass to SXSW. And the winner of Best Trailer will spend an instructional on-set day with Shane Hurlbut. Filmsupply and Musicbed are some of the largest media licensing sites out there, with enormous libraries of incredibly well-curated content. They both host material that adheres to the highest technical and artistic quality, making this contest one where your creativity really is the only limitation. You can start downloading and get your film started today, with a call for entries as of today until 28th of June. Make sure to head over to the Filmsupply Challenge site for more details!Read more
There has been quite a bit of buzz around the Sony FS7 camera since Sony announced it at IBC in September – we got the full scoop in an exclusive hands-on I had weeks before that with the camera in London (Click here to watch it in case you missed it). The excitement about the camera is based on how much $8,000 will buy you: a Super35mm 4K CMOS sensor, recording in various XAVC 4K codecs internally on XQD cards, in a relatively small package that even sits on the shoulder well without additional accessories. Now Sony launched a competition for filmmakers to win an FS7. The best mini documentary will be rewarded with the camera, and I am happy to be on the jury alongside fellow shooters Den Lennie, Tom Swindell, Pol Turrents and Gabi García. Head over to Sony Europe’s dedicated page for the competition to register and submit your work. We’ll be on the watch-out for great documentaries …Read more
Australian microphone manufacturer RØDE is hosting a short film competition again that closes in about 2 weeks. Entrants are asked to create short films of up to 5 minutes in length, and the only requirement is to shoot a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot which has a RØDE microphone in one of the shots – easy. Prizes are quite amazing, total worth $70,000, including RØDE gear as well as jibs, lenses, cameras, software and much more (click here for details). Judges include Philip Bloom, Ryan Connolly, Clinton Harn and many more. Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza have produced a number of really nice little tips & tricks videos that will help you make a short film, covering various aspects in pre-production, production and post-production. Click here to head over to the My RØDE Reel website to find out all the details about the competition and how to enter.Read more
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