Master Your Craft (Previously called 'The Pitch')

Take your craft to the next level with a filmmaking internship at RØDE

With a big surprise not one, but three winners have been awarded a 12-month paid internship inside the world’s best in-house creative team at RØDE Microphones, where they’ll get the chance to ‘Master Their Craft’. RØDE Marketing Director, Daniel Woodall explains: “The initial plan had been to accept a single winner from the huge numbers of entries we received for Master Your Craft. But the quality of the entries was so good and from such a diverse range of filmmaking talent that RØDE Founder and Chairman, Peter Freedman AM, suggested that we provide paid internships to three of our shortlisted filmmakers, not just one.

“It made perfect sense, of course. RØDE’s engagement with Today’s Creative Generation is unmatched thanks to our in-house approach and the avenue for expression provided to our millions of customers via My RØDE Reel. Master Your Craft makes that engagement personal and face-to-face. It’s very exciting.”

And the winners are....

Mariona Ferriz

Mariona Ferriz (SpainSpain)

Hailing from Barcelona, 25-year-old Mariona has freelanced as an editor, videographer and photographer.

Conrad Lexow

Conrad Lexow (GermanyGermany)

A 20-year-old student from the Berlin University of The Arts who has been making movies since he was 11.

Rohan Merrill

Rohan Merrill (USAUSA)

A 20-year-old budding filmmaker and college student whose Wes Anderson-inspired entry wowed the judges.

Stay tuned for more updates and adventures from the three winners as they ‘Master Their Craft’ in 2019. My RØDE Reel will return in 2019 for its 6th big year.

What do you gain?

Get your learn on.

Get your learn on.

You’ll be working as part of the  RØDE video production team. Between them, they have over 40 years of filmmaking experience – and have worked on productions as diverse as Alien Covenant and The Voice. You will learn the craft of commercial filmmaking alongside the acknowledged industry experts.

Be mentored.

Be mentored.

RØDE works with some amazing filmmakers. And you’ll get to be mentored by three of them – Philip Bloom, who in addition to his extraordinary production portfolio is also the world’s number one film educator; Ben Allan, DoP on numerous award-winning productions for clients such as Taronga Zoo and The Discovery Channel; and the incredible Dan Mace – most recently creating amazing content with Casey Neistat.

A showreel.

A showreel.

After 12 months working at RØDE, you’ll have a killer showreel – you'll have a chance to work on documentaries, commercial jobs, film and technical content, as well as a contact list that includes probably every notable cinematographer in the world. This is your stepping stone to the career of your dreams.

A salary.

A salary.

While you are here on your internship, you’ll receive a salary, so you can support yourself and live it up a little here in Sydney – the most beautiful city in the world. We’ll also pay your airfare to and from Australia, and give you four weeks’ holiday to go exploring!

Things to Help

What should I include in my film?

It's up to you but we’re looking for creativity and originality. That said, it will help you if you include

  • Details about yourself – who you are, why you are the right person.
  • Highlights from your showreel – show off your talents!
  • BTS footage – show us how you work and what you do.

When is the closing date?

You need to get your film entered by 15 September – that’s a bit later than the main My RØDE Reel competition closing date, so you have a bit of extra time to work on your pitch!

Do I need to submit a BTS?
No, you don’t have to. But if you have one, so much the better – the more we can see of your work, the better your chances of being selected!

What are the salary / employment terms?

The salary will be commensurate with your skills and experience – but will be a minimum of $40,000 AUD gross of taxes per annum.

You will also receive four weeks’ paid holiday, as well as all the other perks of working at RØDE – free gym access, regular social events and our legendary Xmas party!

How long does the internship last?

12 months, unless your Australian working visa terms are for less than this. The minimum period is 3 months.

Do I need an Australian working visa?
Yes, but we’ll help you apply for one, as well as pay any application fees. (NB: You’ll have to pay any local expenses yourself, such as getting a medical certificate and so on if needed.)

What kind of films do the RØDE team make?

Seriously? Where have you been for the last 10 years? We make everything from high-budget short films to product showcases, and music recordings to product demonstrations. And we do it using state-of-the-art technology and equipment, either at our production facilities here on campus, or on location around the world.

Got a Question?

Frequently Asked Questions


Where in Sydney is RØDE based?


Our campus is in Silverwater, about 20km from the centre of Sydney.


Who can enter to win the internship?


Anyone with video production skills who wants to work as part of our team for 12 months. But the opportunity probably suits film or video production students or recent graduates particularly well.


Do I have to be a videographer?


If you specialise in any aspect of filmmaking, such as sound mixing or production design, we are interested. But ideally we’re looking for something of an all-rounder – someone who can do a bit of everything, even if they have advanced skills in one area.


When does the internship start?


That will depend on your availability and how long it takes to get a working visa organised. Ideally, it would be around April 2019, but we are flexible. Provided you can start some time in 2019, it’s all good.


Can you pay the salary in my local currency?


No. You will be paid in Australian dollars into an Australian bank account. We’ll help you get set up with all that when you arrive in Sydney.

Still not clear about something? Drop in your question below.