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The Mascot

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#comedy
We've created our own short film for My RØDE Reel 2015, titled "The Mascot". We've also documented the process to share exactly how we did it, in a behind-the-scenes series.

Behind-the-scenes on our film

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Pre-Production
Scripting
Before you crack out your camera, the first step is to have a great idea and a decent script.
Pre-Production
Casting & Auditions
Now that the script is finalised you need to decide on the actors. Watch as we audition, screen-test and cast "The Mascot".
Pre-Production
Storyboarding
Storyboards play a key part in keeping your film production on schedule and allow you to plan & visualise complex scenes. In this episode, Ming provides a few tips & tricks when it comes to storyboarding your short film.
Pre-Production
Art Direction
In this episode, we cover art direction which is crucial to the overall aesthetic of your film. Art direction involves production design as well as set decoration. In the video, Mat takes you through the process of building out M1 Man's office.
Pre-Production
Costume Design
With only three minutes to get a few laughs, we knew we would have to rely on some visual humour. M1 Man's costume would make-or-break this aspect, so we had to get it just right.
Production
Boom Technique
In this episode, Ryan provides a few tips on boom technique for dialogue capture on set. Booming allows the audio operator to get the microphone nice & close to the action while standing at a difference.
Pre-Production
Costume Design
With only three minutes to get a few laughs, we knew we would have to rely on some visual humour. M1 Man's costume would make-or-break this aspect, so we had to get it just right.
Production
Lighting
Come on set with the RØDE team and see exactly how we lit "The Mascot" for filming.
Production
On-set Audio
It would be a huge disservice if we didn't show you how we ran audio for our film. With an entire factory of microphones at our disposal what did we end up using where?
Production
Data Wrangling
Even on single camera productions you can easily get caught out if you don't have a structured workflow for your memory cards and files. In this episode we'll show you our tips and tricks for keeping every shot safe.
Post-Production
Colour Correction
Somewhat of a black art, colour grading is the process of shaping the visual pallette of your film. Check out how we coloured "The Mascot", and what challenges the team faced.
Post-Production
Audio Processing
In this segment, Ryan takes you through some of the processes & techniques used to sweeten the raw audio tracks including using an equaliser & compressor.
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