SPINAL TAP ON THE RODE?
The folks at Rode are doing it again. Just as one competition closes–the Rode Rocks comp that attracted over 500 entries, another is launched. This time it’s an international film competition called Rode Rockumentary and the deal is you submit a short film up to two minutes long and the only kicker is that the audio needs to have been captured on a Rode microphone. The subject of the film doesn’t need to be music, studio or even band-based, and some of the Who’s Who people on the judging panel have never tried to play the opening bars of “Smoke on the Water” in their lives, but bear in mind that this is a Rode competition and the main prize is a trip to Hollywood to direct and shoot a documentary about the winners of Rode Rocks doing their recording session in the studio (which they won, right?). While the muso’s are doing their thing, the Rockumentary winners are being mentored by Philip Bloom and Jason Wingrove, a couple of seriously qualified names in the movie industry. It sounds like a great opportunity for aspiring film-makers, but awesome audio is a key to good video and maybe it’s time for a brilliant collaboration with a friend? By the way, runners-up share in more than $25,000 worth of gear. More details and a portal to entering the comp are at www.roderockumentary.com