getting started

Join Ryan Connolly and Olivia Speranza as they provide guidance and tips to get you started with idea generation for your My RØDE Reel entry.



Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza break down script writing for your My RØDE Reel short film.



No matter how big or small your production is, your budget is vital to the success of the production.



Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza take you through creating a shotlist for your short film and how using different shot types can aid in your storytelling.



Storyboards play a key part in keeping your film production on schedule and allow you to plan & visualise more complex scenes.

Watch the video to see how storyboards from Ryan Connolly's film "Tell" & "PROXIMITY" translate into their final shots.



The location is one of the most important parts for immersing your audience in the world that you're creating. Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza cover some of the important factors when considering your shooting locations.


wardrobe & makeup

A little bit of time spent on wardrobe and make-up can go a long way to add to the suspension of disbelief in your short film.

Join Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza as they share their knowledge on wardrobe & make-up.


audio basics

Audio is one of the most important technical factor in a good film. Great audio becomes virtually unnoticeable when it sounds right, and the viewer can immerse themselves in the story without distraction.



Just as you need to choose the right lens for the shot, you will also need to choose the right microphone. There are a number of different types of microphones available, each with their own strengths.

Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza cover some of the commonly used microphones for film production, including shotguns such as the VideoMic Pro & NTG-3, cardioid mics like the NT5 & M5 & lavalier mics.



Effective lighting can make or break your shot. It is one of the key components to set the mood & tone of your shot and can shape your subject, giving dimension & depth.

Follow Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza as they break down the lighting setup on set and go through other practical tips you can use to control & shape your lighting.


camera movement

Camera movement should be deliberate and assist the narrative. In this episode, Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza go over the different types of camera movements & tools you can utilise in your short film to aid in your storytelling.



When making your My RØDE Reel short film don't forget to shoot your "behind the scenes" or "BTS".

Having a BTS video is great for educating others in filmmaking by showcasing your gear & equipment as well as keeping a log of your short film for your crew. The BTS can contain candid footage during production or interviews with the crew.



Using L-cuts or J-cuts can help to mimic real life and using quick or slow cuts can set the pace of your film.

No matter what NLE (non-linear editor) you are using, these editing tips will help refine your film.


sound editing

As mentioned in previous episodes, audio is one of the most important aspects of any video production. Once you have your basic edit of the film you can start addressing your audio including recording foley & adding music.


correcting audio

Correcting audio may be required due to a number of reasons including room sounds, background noise & limited resources. Ryan Connolly & Olivia Speranza provide a few techniques & tools that you can use to correct your audio.


exporting & distribution

Now that your short film is complete, it's time to export it for distribution. Make sure to export out your video to suit the intended platform for optimum playback & viewing.

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