RØDE Reel 2017 – ‘Anyone Can enter, So Get Shooting…' Says Billy Bob Thornton
Via RØDE Press:
Saturday 29th April, 2017, Sydney Australia – Oscar winning actor/filmmaker/musician Billy Bob Thornton has a message for filmmakers and wannabe filmmakers alike – My RØDE Reel is back for another year and ‘anyone can enter, so get shooting you little rascals’.
At a secret shoot location in California, Billy Bob Thornton, who rose to fame in the 1992 thriller One False Move and continues a sparkling career studded with highlights – including Sling Blade (1996), Armageddon (1998), Monster’s Ball (2001) and Bad Santa (2003) – recently joined a crew of RØDE USA staff, including RØDE LLC General Manager Doug Marhoffer and filmmaker Jem Schofield, to film a Hollywood-worthy Call to Action film, just for My RØDE Reel 2017.
My RØDE Reel 2017 – ENTER NOW!
The competition returns in 2017 with an increased total prize pool of more than $500,000 – as Billy Bob Thornton says that’s ‘kinda bigger’ than the $300,000 worth of prizes available last year.
From amateur to professional, all filmmakers are encouraged to take part and tell their story. To enter ‘My RØDE Reel’, people are required to create a short film of three minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RØDE product being used during the production of the film.
The entry kit is FREE and available now at www.myrodereel.com.
In 2017, the group of five major awards featured in previous years has become six and with a combined worth of over $250,000! New genre awards have also been introduced and include: Best Virtual Reality film (using 360-degree cameras), best 30-second TVC (Television Commercial, for RØDE) and Best Vlog. A full list of the 25 categories can be found at www.myrodereel.com.
“It’s very exciting that someone of Billy Bob Thornton’s filmmaking and acting calibre recognises the importance of My RØDE Reel to the filmmaking community,” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s CEO. “It was great that he was able to make time and be involved with this initiative that encourages established filmmakers and people who have never picked up a camera to give it a go.”
Wilson continued, “Add to that the opportunity of a lifetime for some of the RØDE staff to be in the call-to-action video with Billy, just proves he is an all-round great guy!”
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