A few friends (from jimmy knows) and I had the opportunity to shoot our entry for Rode’s film contest, My Rode Reel. We had two weeks of preproduction which included coming up with the concept, writing and prepping. One day of shooting and just under a week of post production.
The story is simple. It would consider the short to be in the mockumentry genre. While discovering a new extreme sport, a friendship is challenged when their world is changed through success. Here is the finished mockumentry.
Just a quick update, we were nominated for Best Comedy and Best Location, but did not win in either catagories.
The shoot itself was a lot of fun. We took a full day filming at two locations. The first location was a few minutes from the parking lot, on top of a beautiful rock plateau. From here we were able to throw Mani (the mannequin) from the plateau several times. This was one of my favourite shots of the entire piece. We captured the mannequin’s fall with the DJI Phantom 3. The drone pulled back and slowly went upwards to reveal Jono alone on the plateau. We also shot some slow motion shots with the DJI Ronin carrying the Sony FS7. This was quite a heavy rig, but the picture quality was definitely worth it. Our second location was a little more difficult to reach. It involved a 45 minute hike, carrying all our gear, to the top of a small mountain. At the top there are lots of mountain biking trails that we planned to film on. We also were able to capture some drone shots and many Ronin FS7 slow motion shots through the forest. We were very fortunate to even film a few interviews on the mountaintop.
As part of Rode’s contest we also were required to have a short behind-the-scenes video of the shoot. The link is below. Thanks again to Barrett Murdock and Braedin Toth for the shooting.
Thanks again to Barret Murdock and Braedin Toth for shooting the behind the scenes. They also captured a few stills from the shoot day as well.