So what's the catch? You have to shoot your short on a Z-Series Camera.
Nikon really wants filmmakers to fall in love with their Z6 mirrorless camera. They're including an F to Z mirrorless adapter for free. They've discounted the price by over $400, and now, they're offering a cash prize of $25,000 and a Nikon Z6 to the winner of their "Follow Your Passion" short film competition.
But there is a catch ... you have to shoot your film using a Z-Series camera. But even then, Nikon may have your back -- because they really, really want you to fall in love with that camera!
Last week I filmed a short film using the amazing @Nikonusa Z 6 Filmmakers Kit. Nikon is having the “Follow Your Passion” video contest, which encourages content creators across the U.S. to capture something they love using a Nikon Z series mirrorless camera. Entrants can submit a short film for a chance to win up to $25,000 in prize money and a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit. - Armando Ferreira
Nikon teamed up with videographer Armando Ferreira to shoot a short film to illustrate just what a filmmaker can do with their new mirrorless camera. Providing Ferreira with their Nikon Z6 Filmmaker Kit, the filmmaker was able to craft not only his own short film, but also a behind the scenes video on how he used the camera in the process. Check it out here:
Ferreira talks a lot about pre-production and planning, especially when it comes to shooting all the stunts used in his short film. He also said that the Nikon Z6 really gave them the benefit of a full-frame image sensor, which gave them a more cinematic look using stock camera lenses. Ferreira also says that the Z mount lenses may have a larger mount, but the lenses themselves were smaller, giving them the ability to mount the camera in places they wouldn't normally even think to do. This included mounting to a drone, an R/C car, even the fender of a motorcycle.
"We were literally able to mount them in places that just felt impossible, mainly because of its size and form factor," Ferreira added. "It gave us shots that normally would not have been possible with a typical cinema camera."
The complete Z6 kit that Ferreira shot his film on included the Z6, Atomos Ninja V, RØDE VideoMic Pro, and a Moza Air 2 handheld gimbal, he understands that not everyone will be able to afford to buy a kit in order to enter the contest. But Nikon is here to help.
If you don’t have a Z-Series camera, don’t worry. Nikon is providing great rental deals on their Z-Series cameras for shooting your film. You can rent a Z-Series Filmmaker Kit for as low as $99.95 for three days, or $149.95 for up to a week. You can find a rental location here.
Ferreira's film "The Sixth Zed" can be seen here. Get the wordplay? Clever!
The deadline for the Nikon Follow Your Passion competition has been extended to midnight on October 31, 2019. Go here for rules and details on how to enter.