26 Jun 2014

My RØDE Reel Film Competition – Still in the Hollow

Just last month we at

26 Jun 2014

Just last month we at Field Technique Films had the opportunity to participate in a short film competition sponsored by RØDE Microphones, and it was quite the experience.

Video production isn’t all business and every once in awhile we need to stretch those creative muscles; and what better way to show off our skills on the screen than competing in a national contest? With up to $70,000 in prizes (of some of the industry’s top gear including lenses, microphones, cameras, and software) we couldn’t pass this one up. It was our chance to escape from the constant workload and come together as a team, also it was just plain fun to get out in the woods and film something for us. You ask any filmmaker and they’ll tell you, there’s something special about filming on location, and add to that an opportunity to work with your closest friends and you’ve got one hell of a good time.


Filming in the north woods presented a few challenges for us so naturally the trip wasn’t all fun and games. For three consecutive weekends we had to share a cabin with each other (roughly six guys) and all of our camera equipment, plus the three feet of snow and non-functional shower didn’t exactly make it easier. Despite these inconveniences though, the experience really brought us together as a team and we ended up learning a lot about each other going forward. Just like bottling syrup can be a bittersweet process of beautiful scenery and hard work, filming in the woods of Northern Wisconsin can be as well, but if it wasn’t for that dichotomy the product wouldn’t be as sweet.


It’s a truly great thing when you can do something you love with the people closest to you. For us, going out on location to new and sometimes difficult places together to shoot these videos (whether they’re for a competition or for a business) is really what it’s all about, not only as a team but also as friends. Having the opportunity to shoot on location right in the heart of the story where the real magic happens gives Still in the Hollow a realism that otherwise would have been lost. All of us here at FTF had an absolute blast working on this video the past few weeks and we can’t wait to hit the trails again soon.


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