July 3, 2014

RØDE Announces the Winning Short Films of My RØDE Reel & Offers All Entrants a Surprise Gift

My Røde ReelThis year's My RØDE Reel International Short Film Competition was a huge success! With over 1,100 entrants vying for the chance to win over $70K in gear, it's safe to say that stakes that high made for some stiff competition. Filmmakers from all over the world brought forth some truly great and inspiring pieces of cinema, and now that the contest has come to a close and the victors have been named, we can share a few of the winning short films with you. And if you just so happened to enter a film this year, RØDE has also decided to give away a last-minute prize to you and all entrants.

Like I said, there were some truly well-done, inspiring, and entertaining short films that made their way into the My RØDE Reel Competition. (I highly suggest that you carve out a chunk of time to take a gander at each one.) 1,120 entries were sent in from 76 countries, but only 9 shorts received those $70K+ grand prizes full of crazy amounts of filmmaking gear, which included a Blackmagic Cinema Camera, RØDE goodies (naturally), and pretty much everything you could ever need to make a film.

And RØDE's prize-giving isn't done, either. Because of the "number of high-quality entries" submitted to the competition, RØDE has decided to give away their brand new $79 smartLav+ microphone to every single entrant. If you're not familiar with the smartLav+, it's a broadcast-grade, omni-directional lavaliere mic that is aimed at simplifying the recording process by allowing you to record, control, and edit sound from your Apple iOS devices via the RØDE Rec app. (The smartLav+ is also compatible with Android, but it doesn't look like they have a special app for it yet -- though you can still use the smartLav+ through Android's Sound Recorder app.)

Check out the video below to learn more about the smartLav+.

So, everybody won something in this thing, but some of the top prize winners received more than just -- stuff -- though got some pretty substantial internet exposure. While many films got a substantial 10,000, 20,000 views on YouTube, the winner of the People's Choice Prize, Douglas Gautraud's My Mom’s Motorcycle received over 1.5 million views (as well as some major Vimeo love). That's some serious exposure, yeah?

Here are a handful of winning films, along with their BTS videos, from some of the top categories. (Click on the links to learn more about the projects.)

Judges’ Film Prize

The Tale of Benjamin Sawyer, by Ronnie Bingaman

Peoples’ Choice Prize

My Mom’s Motorcycle by Douglas Gautraud

Judge's BTS Prize

Thin Ribbon by Julius Koivistoinen

Best Sound Design

Boom by LFD Collective

Best Cinematography

A Gift Horse by Gareth Openshaw, Jacob Mathews & Francisco Gozon

To watch, learn more about the rest of the My RØDE Reel films, be sure to check out the competition's website here.

Link: My RØDE Reel

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26 Comments

Hmmm......

I'm going to bite my tongue on this one. Cool that they all got free mics, though!

July 3, 2014 at 8:24PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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von

Jesuan,

Would love to make a short film about you being punched in the face over and over.

July 10, 2014 at 8:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Brick

Loved the Mom's Motorcycle video, very well done.

July 3, 2014 at 11:16PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Michael Hawk

Yep, genuinely enjoyed the Mom's Motorcycle video, which is more than can be said for the others. I'm not interested in biting my tongue. Best Cinematography? Really? To each their own, I guess.

I'm quite curious about the viral nature of the motorcycle video. Would love to know catalysts (wouldn't we all). Was it posted somewhere high profile? Did he pay an Indian click-farm for views? :D

PS - One thing watching the other entries has taught me: people have a lot to learn about scoring films.

July 4, 2014 at 1:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ed

I usually don't comment but I love this website. I'm the guy who made My Mom's Motorcycle, it sat on Youtube and got 300 views from my friends and family. Someone put it on Reddit and it climbed the ranks and got 400,000 views in a day. I didn't craft the story to be viral, but people seamed to love it or hate it which is why it did so well on Reddit.

July 10, 2014 at 4:49PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Douglas Gautraud

I loved it! Love the message!

July 11, 2014 at 5:52PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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well done. i enjoyed yours the best! love the part you negotiate the price of the bike with your mom jejeje

as for best cinematography i'm not sure sure...no atmosphere or nice contrasts created there. looks like a tv ad. also, once your production surpases a certain level wouldn't you think about upgrading the camera? i mean its true its what you put in front of the lens that matters but its quite cheap to rent a C300, F700 or RED. I think a project that size deserves it! Use your 7D for bts!

July 13, 2014 at 11:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arth

Best cinematography im talking about the gift horse one not the bike just to be clear. you imagine i criticize the guys cinematography after he almost cut off the tip of his finger building the lights buahaha ouchie btw

July 13, 2014 at 11:04AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arth

The motorcycle one was less ambitious than the others, but also the only one I watched to the end.

July 4, 2014 at 1:27AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Frank

Yes, I just can't believe that short won best cinematography...when it's looking like a videoish brazilian soap opera from the 90, and I don't think it's on purpose....And that bullied boy...maaaan is that a Michael Bay film?? The camera moves so much for such a quiet story....Anyway...I've not been able to watch any of these until the end. I always thought that these contests just want people to show typical stories and tipically explained. No originality is valued, and I see that the people who use to win already have a lot of gear....Anyway nice from Rhode to give everyone a mic!!!

July 4, 2014 at 6:21AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesuan

Disgusting. This wreaks of fixing.

July 4, 2014 at 7:08AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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wallflower

You guys are tough. I have watched short films from all over the place and the vast majority are terrible. I enjoyed Mom's Motorcycle and Boom. I would love to see the links you guys have to some better shorts I would love to learn from your work.

July 4, 2014 at 12:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JTC

That argument is the most stupid argument ever...I hope when you go to a restaurant never complain about the food, when you watch a movie I hope you always like them, when you have to fix your car I hope you find someone who knows how to fix it, when you buy a camera I hope you never have to return it,when you go to a hotel I hope service will always be exquisite.......We can dislike whatever we want.

July 4, 2014 at 3:10PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesuan

I'm not arguing anything. I'm questioning something. In fact, I'm only barely being facetious. The criticism I see on these pages often seems to denote something deeper than criticism, particularly when the criticism is less than constructive. (I'm sure you have no idea what I mean)

But to say it more plainly, some people here seem to be "haters" whining about camera tests, and a variety of other over-sensitive bullshit. So I am interested in learning about what they have to say as artists, which could tell me something about whether their criticism is sincere or self serving.

Ultimately, of course, they have the right to be critical every bit as much as I have the right to question where
that criticism comes from. And seriously, for the intensity your words show, do you really think we shouldn't be question people's criticism?

July 5, 2014 at 12:01AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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JTC

Agree

July 5, 2014 at 12:07PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jérôme

I agree with you

July 5, 2014 at 12:08PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jérôme

I just said your argument was stupid....but after reading your reply I must add that you are stupid too!!! :)

July 5, 2014 at 5:21AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jesuan

These are all awesome, I just wish that some of the films picked weren't ones that already had thousands of dollars of gear invested into the project. It would've been nice to see some low budget projects win gear they didn't already have. Congrats to the winners, though!

July 7, 2014 at 12:51PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Ben1

Exactly. I agree, bud!

July 7, 2014 at 3:57PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Will

My Mom's Motorcycle only got that many views and votes because of Reddit. I'm not saying it wasn't well done, but yeah that's the reason. I am a little peeved at who won Best Cinematography... but, oh well.. we'll try harder next year.

July 7, 2014 at 3:56PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Will

At least you made an attempt. A lot of people on these pages are just jealous and angry.

Could we see your entry? I'd love to check it out!

July 8, 2014 at 12:15PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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grantly0711

Where is your short? would love to see it!

July 13, 2014 at 11:12AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Arth

Wow, a lot of hate for best cinematography. No one has really said why though. It feels like they weren't being super ambitious with their composition but they've obviously chosen a solid and thought out style to complement their narrative. And what is the point in having ambitious, sweeping and grand cinematography if it doesn't serve the narrative. Got to give them credit, it's a solid little film. And it looks like they shot it on a 7D.

Also, saying something is underserving without bothering to give some constructive critisism comes across as petty, jealous and whiny. Sore losers.

July 9, 2014 at 12:54AM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Mark

"...petty, jealous and whiny. Sore losers."

Took the words right out of my mouth.

July 9, 2014 at 2:34PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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RobR

Are people saying it doesn't deserve best cinematography because it wasn't packed full of the non-narrative serving slider etc. wank? You know, the stuff that is in every short film where they have more than a zero budget and have to scream it to the world with their shots?
Or if you just don't like it? Cause the latter is fine, but the former isn't.

July 10, 2014 at 7:46PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Marcus

“The standard of cinematography in the RØDE Reel competition was very surprising. I have judged many competitions and the standard in this one was one of the highest level I have seen. Trying to find my favourite in terms of the camera side was tough as there were so many that stood out. In the end I went with “A Gift Horse”. Everything about the camerawork gelled with every aspect of the film. The lighting, movement, composition. Truly well thought through and executed. This sort of level of work is really impressive. Congratulations on your work here and the rest of the team too for such a wonderful short” - Philip Bloom

From the Rode Mic facebook page. You go guys!

July 10, 2014 at 11:20PM, Edited September 4, 11:56AM

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Jess

Wow....comments are crazy. I'm late to the game but I just saw tom sawyer one and I totally loved it...freaking amazing....I was in tears. Now I'm no pro...hell, not even an amateur, but as an audience member, I was totally engulfed in the story....which to me just says it right there...isn't that the point? To engage the audience? Who cares about the details or this or that as long as the audience is engaged and immersed, isnt that what matters? (Just from what I've learned from reading about it)

March 9, 2015 at 12:32AM, Edited March 9, 12:32AM

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