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
Film production can be a gruelling task. Pre-production, on-set, in the studio; all environments have 100s of challenges unique to there own. Anything that can streamline a certain task is worth knowing about. Here are 10 great filmmaking apps that will help you along the way. I recently read a great article on Premium Beat, with exactly the same premise as the one I type now. I’ve taken a few and added some more of my own to bring you 10 great filmmaker apps you (the Producer, DOP, Director, AC, Editor) should own. I’ve found apps to help mostly during pre-production, as this is where there are a lot of theoretical based calculations (space, budget, angles). Production is very much focused on actual operation (for me as a cameraman anyway), but many of these apply to different point of the project, starting with number 1. Digital Cinema Pocket Guides The cheat sheet of modern cinema cameras. Digital Cinema Pocket Guides offers the hard facts and features of 30 camera systems delivered in a concise tablet/smartphone display and even a single fold out print. It bypasses the usual jargon found in manufacturers manuals that’s mostly filled with laymen’s warnings like not to eat the batteries. The app updates alongside cameras firmware and features support for popular systems by Arri, Sony, Canon and Panasonic. Compatible with iOS, OSX, Android, and Windows devices, guides are $0.99 each or the lot for $14.85. Check them out here. 2. Cameras + Formats I wrote a news feature article on this app when it was first released under the name of ‘Formats’. Cameras + Formats features a long list of popular cameras disclosing information such as lens mounts, sensor size, native ISOs and recording codecs. More than just a library, Cameras + Formats offers a very easy to use calculator to quickly determine how much data a given camera codec will produce, under various settings. What I love about the calculator is you can approach it from a few different angles. Whether you know your camera and want to know how many cards you’ll need or an editor who wants to work out how much space his hard drives can handle, Cameras + Formats makes it quick and easy to make the calculations. Much like the cameras catalogue, the app features a long list of Formats stating specifications like colour space, bit depth and chroma sampling. Available for iPhone for $4.99. 3. Sun Seeker On a reccy and think to yourself “I hope the light is like this for the shoot day”? With Sun Seeker you don’t have to guess, A neat 3D View gives you a live view of where there suns arc will be at any given point. With Sun Seeker you’ll know exactly where the light is coming from so can plan your shots out accordingly. Further more if you’re months ahead of your shoot you can even input the date at which you’ll be require to see an accurate projection of the suns movements. Check out Sun Seeker on iOS for $9.99. Available on Android too. 4. Shot Lister Here’s a good app for getting you organized. With Shot Lister you can develop a comprehensive shot list and add this to your schedule, upload scripts and get deep in production notes with reference to lighting and required camera kit. Check out the Shot Lister app on iOS for $13.99. A nice feature is that you can sync your schedule with your crew (providing they also have the app) to ensure everyone is running on time. 5. Artemis Director’s Viewfinder Here’s a nice little app that gives you accurate focal length markings to determine your desired focal length. Use the camera function through the Artemis app and overlays display each what any given focal length will provide. Roger Deakins likes it: “It’s great having Artemis on my iPhone. Since I always have my phone with me, I always have a viewfinder at hand. Not only convenient but extremely accurate.” Check out the Artemis Director’s Viewfinder app on iOs for $29.99. Available on Android too. 6. pCam Film + Digital Pro If you want to take filmmaking apps a step to the next level, check out the pCam Film + Digital Pro app. With an Emmy award for engineering under its digital belt, the pCam Film + Digital Pro offers a plethora of features: Depth of Field, Field of View and Angle of View calculator, Sensor Sizes, Focal Length Matching, Exposure, Shooting to Screen Time, HMI Flicker-Free, Color Correction, Diopter, Time Lapse, Underwater Distance, Beam Intensity, Light Coverage, Conversion Calculator, Insert Slate, Focus Chart the list goes on. Check out pCam Film + Digital Pro app on iOS for $29.99. 7. Room Scan Here’s an app I find really useful in pre-production and one of my personal favourites. Room Scan enables you to quickly map the size and space of a location, providing you with invaluable information when considering camera setups, green rooms, set builds etc. Input some quick information on your location then pace around the room, touching each wall with your smartphone as you walk. The result is a mapped plan with measurements of the space. Check out Room Scan on iOS for $4.99. 8. The Grip App Here’s another great catalogue app. The Grip App features a wide selection of camera grip ranging from dolly systems to C stands providing useful information on maximum and minimum heights, payloads etc. It’s easy to over spec or simply go with what you know when it comes to grip. Sometimes the solution is one that you have never thought of. The Grip App offers a good platform for researching exactly what you need. Check out the Grip App for iOS for $7.99. 9. Light Meter The Pocket Light Meter app is great for ball parking your camera exposure settings. The app accesses your devices camera and displays colour temperature, shutter, aperture and ISO of any given scene. You can input your desired settings and the app will tell you whether you’re over or under exposed. It’s pretty accurate, I wouldn’t take read outs as gospel but I’ve found it great in past for getting an idea of how ambient light at a location will impact native ISOs for example. The white balance kelvin calculator is also handy. Check out the Light Meter app for iOS for free. 10. JumpStart LTC There’s lot of clapperboard apps out there, but this one is great as with a little bit of hardware you can sync up any timecode in/out enabled camera. Here’s Abelcine to show you how it works: Check out the JumpStart LTC on iOS for $19.99. These are just a few great apps to make you a more productive filmmaker. There are so many others out there, if you have a good ones yourself please share with us in the comments below.Read more
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