My RØDE Reel Starter Course


My RØDE Reel Starter Course

4h 37m
9 modules (view curriculum)

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Before you begin your My RØDE Reel film project, you'll want a little inspiration. MZed has partnered with RØDE to offer the best lessons from our catalog of courses - and it's completely free for MRR participants. You'll learn how to generate an idea, put together a crew, and light, shoot, and edit like the pros. Don't forget sound design - audio is an essential ingredient in your film!

If you've already purchased the course with your MRR participant discount, you're ready to start watching the lessons below. Enjoy!

If you haven't yet created a login and purchased the course with the MRR participant discount, to get started click the "$343 - Buy Now" green button to the right, and enter the promo code you received in your MRR starter package to gain access to the course for free. You'll then be able to login and watch over 4 hours of incredible lessons to help you make your best film.

Subtitles available: English



One of the easiest aspects of writing is coming up with an idea. Or maybe a bunch of ideas, but they aren’t a complete structured story. In this lesson from the Writing 101 course, Seth Worley gives an introduction to his strategies to extract your story organically.

Subtitles available: English


Once you begin your film's production, you'll need to line up your crew. In this lesson from the Indie Film Blueprint course, Rubidium Wu explains the difference between a $10,000 film and a $100,000 film. It can mean a lot more crew members on set, which also adds a lot more expenses to manage that crew. For a no budget film, you may only have a director/writer, producer, cinematographer, focus puller or assistant camera, and a sound recorder. As you increase your budget, you may add more a gaffer and grip, hair and makeup, art director, script supervisor, assistant director, executive producers, and other roles both on set and off.

Subtitles available: English


In this lesson from the Filmmaking for Photographers course, Philip Bloom explores light and the different approach you require for filmmaking. We’ll look at filming exteriors, how we’re affected by factors like the time of day or year, the weather, the location, and how the movement of that great keylight in the sky, the sun, affects our choices. Then we continue to look at interiors and explore how to craft the scene and mood of an environment to becomes a character of its own in your film. We'll look at common lighting styles both photographic and cinematic, how to practice with them and see how they’re used to communicate beyond just what we see. Finally Philip guides us through lighting people, and the particular challenge when we introduce movement.

Subtitles available: English


In this live demonstration from The Art of Visual Storytelling course, Alex Buono takes us through shooting the master shot from a scene in the SNL short "British Movie Trailer".

Subtitles available: English


In this lesson from the Directing Motion course, Vincent Laforet examines complex and combined camera movements, with the emphasis on sequencing to create an effective and engaging scene. Using examples from a range of classic films such as "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Goodfellas", Vincent gives his keys to providing a rich frame, as well as his coverage principles. We look at the concept of a moving master shot, and when to not move the camera, before finishing with a director's script breakdown.

Subtitles available: English


Using the dinner scene from “Whiplash” as an example, Tom Cross shows us how to setup classical geography around a table, build up tension with the pace of the cuts, and push character development within one scene. From the course The Art and Technique of Film Editing.

Subtitles available: English


In this lesson from the Directing Color course, Ollie Kenchington delves into the most exciting part of color grading - conveying mood and eliciting emotion with color. He shows us how this is used so effectively in ‘Whiplash’, where color becomes a signifier to the emotional journey of the film’s protagonist.

Subtitles available: English


We cover all things audio in this lesson from The Cutting Edge course, where Adam Epstein uses SNL's popular Wes Anderson spoof "The Midnight Cotorie of Sinister Intruders" as a case study. We work through voice-overs, working with dialogue, sound effects, music beds and creating soundscapes that give your project a cinematic depth to match incredible visuals.

Subtitles available: English


In this bonus lesson from the ARRI Christmas Master Class, Julio Macat walks us through his process for lighting a night interior scene, as well as some tricks and tips for a holiday theme.

Subtitles available: English

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