[RøDE Featured Article] Aussie microphone company RøDE has announced the ‘My RøDE Reel’ international short film competition, with more than US$70,000 worth of amazing prizes.


The ‘My RøDE Reel’ international short film competition has more than US$70,000 worth of amazing filmmaking gear up for grabs including cameras, tripods, sliders, lenses, and pretty much anything else you might need – unsurprisingly a pile of microphones as well!

Entrants to ‘My RøDE Reel’ are required to create a short film of five minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RøDE microphone being used during the production of the film. RøDE has provided an entry pack that steps through the process, as well as templates for scripting, storyboarding and more, available now by registering at www.myrodereel.com. Running from March until June 2014, RøDE’s aim of the contest is to encourage filmmakers from all walks of life to get out in the field, create films and continually improve their craft.

The total prize pool is valued at more than US$70,000 and includes BlackMagic and GoPro cameras, Carl Zeiss lenses, Miller tripods, RedRock Micro rigs, SmallHD and Teradek monitoring equipment, Kessler sliders and jibs, ThinkTank Photo bags, Event studio monitors, G-Technology storage, TetherTools accessories, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed, and of course plenty of RøDE microphones. You can see a full list of the prize packs at www.myrodereel.com. As an earlybird bonus, RøDE is giving all entries accepted during March a free copy of RedGiant’s PluralEyes audio synchronization software, valued at $199.

The ‘My RøDE Reel’ judging panel includes Philip Bloom, FIlmRiot host Ryan Connolly and Devin Graham, best known from his high-adrenalin YouTube channel Devin SuperTramp. The three main judges will personally select the main prize winner, and additionally there is a “peoples’ choice” prize which rewards the filmmaker that receives the most votes from the public during the competition period.

To help aspiring filmmakers with their entries, RøDE has produced an educational series of tips & tricks videos. Hosted by Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza, the course guides viewers through the filmmaking process from pre-production through to shooting and on to post-production and distribution. These are available on the competition website at www.rodemic.com/myrodereel/tips.

Entries for ‘My RøDE Reel’ are open from 1 March 2014 and close 31 May 2014.
Visit www.myrodereel.com now to learn more.