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International Motion Art Awards: Rob Donnelly's "Happy Hooker"

By David Schonauer   Thursday April 24, 2014

Here's an interesting ethical question: What if you and your wife happen to be friends with someone who earns her living as a prostitute? When you take her to parties with your friends, who may want to date her, are you obligated to let them know? That was the query posed to Slate magazine's popular "Dear Prudence" online advice column. Illustrator and ...   Read the full Story >>

Future Film: What's Really At Stake in the Aereo Case

Mashable   Thursday April 24, 2014

This week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the legal battle over Aereo, the streaming television startup that lets users lease antennas to access free-to-air broadcast television. Broadcasters say Aereo flouts copyright law by retransmitting content without permission. But there’s much more at stake in the case: “This is about a handful of companies owning the pipes that run underneath your house, then owning all of the content streamed through those pipes, then selling all of the advertising in between that content,” declares Esquire. Meanwhile, Mashable notes that a decision against Aereo could also have negative repercussions on all of cloud computing and cloud-storage companies.   Read the full Story >>

Documentaries: PBS to Expand Digital Production with $250K Grant

Indiewire   Thursday April 24, 2014

Attention documentary filmmakers: Indiewire reports that POV, PBS's award-winning nonfiction broadcast series, plans to increase its digital co-productions and expand its nonfiction media lab, POV Hackathon, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. “While newsrooms have seen significant pickup in media innovation in recent years, there is a need for more digital breakthroughs in the television and broadcast arena," notes Michael Maness, Knight Foundation vice president of journalism and media innovation.   Read the full Story >>

Animation Showcase:The Science Behind "Beer Goggles"

Men’s Health   Thursday April 24, 2014

The effect known as beer goggles—in which the ingestion of alcohol seems to fill any given saloon with Victoria's Secret models—is very real, reports Men’s Health. To explain the science behind it, the magazine's website turned to motion-design studio leftchannel, which created a two-minute lesson in physiology with classic cel animation that harkens back to the Looney Tunes humor of legendary director Chuck Jones. The piece was hand-drawn with CGI elements composited in. Results: Brilliant.   Read the full Story >>

Tribeca: Scorsese Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Dissects "Raging Bull"

The Hollywood Reporter   Thursday April 24, 2014

Few film editors have had as fruitful a collaboration with a director as Thelma Schoomaker, who for thirty years has worked with Martin Scorsese on his landmark films. Recently, Schoonmaker delivered the Tribeca Film Festival’s first-ever master class, “The Cutting Room: An Insight to the Edit Suite," at which she talked about the production of what many consider Scorsese’s masterpiece, Raging Bull. The Hollywood Reporter has highlights. So does Indiewire. And NoFilmSchool was deeply impressed by this breakdown of a film classic.   Read the full Story >>

Game of Drones: Capturing New York City From Above, Plus Fireworks

Vimeo   Thursday April 24, 2014

Each day seems to bring another example of how photographers and filmmakers are using drones to capture familiar sights in new ways: Gizmodo recently spotlighted photographer Randy Scott Slavin’s  Spider Man-like view of New York City, made with a DJI Phantom copter. Meanwhile, the web is loving this video, made by some unknown genius who realized that it would be cool to shoot fireworks from the air.   Read the full Story >>

History File: What Astonished Filmgoers in the 1800s

Slate   Thursday April 24, 2014

Speaking of astonishing footage: In the late 1800s, an entrepreneur in Iowa named W. Frank Brinton became a movie mogul of sorts by traveling from town to town showing films that blew peoples' minds. By today’s standards, the short films seem extremely simple—one, for instance, shows only a rushing river—but the excitement of motion made them box-office gold at the time. The films, which lay in a basement for nearly a century, were recently restored by the University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives.   Read the full Story >>

Tell Us About Your Motion Projects ...

Facebook   Wednesday March 26, 2014

We’re eager to learn about your motion projects—from motion graphics and animation to sci-fi shorts and documentaries—and to feature them hear at Motion Arts Pro. Looking for feedback on a work in progress? Do you have a finished piece you’d like the world to know about, or a Kickstarter project? Please contact me (button at top) to get in touch. Be sure to check out the Motion Arts Pro Facebook page, too. If you “Like” it you’ll be able to share stories and projects with others and get updates on stories that don’t make the daily. You can find an archive of Motion Arts Pro Daily posts here and a look at the best of some of our posts on our monthly Flipboard. Follow me on Twitter @davidschonauer.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News, 1: The Cameras Used For This Year's Tribeca Films

Indiewire   Wednesday April 23, 2014

What’s the big news at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival? To be honest, we’re pretty excited about Robert De Niro’s first Vine video. But are other interesting things happening, and you can find out about them at Indiewire’s 2014 Tribeca Bible, a roundup of reviews, news, and interviews—including one with fest director Jane Rosenthal, who talks about the future of film and why story still matters. Indiewire has also reached out to the directors whose films are being screened at Tribeca this year to find out what cameras they used. The ARRI Alexa dominates the list, while the RED Epic and Canon C300 are also popular. A number of filmmakers used GoPro cams for at least some of their shots.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News, 2: An Action-Cam Shootout

GIZMODO   Wednesday April 23, 2014

Speaking of which: Though the GoPro is the most popular of the action cams on the market, there are others trying to eke out a niche, and Gizmodo puts six of them through their paces in a momentous shootout. The methodology of the test should be noted: All the cameras were shot at once by mounting them on an ugly but effective helmet rig. Topping the list at number one: Yep, the GoPro Hero 3 Black. BTW: The DGISE website has published specs for a new GoPro Hero 4.   Read the full Story >>

Animation: An Aesop Fable Re-Done As a Paper-Crafted Short

Vimeo   Wednesday April 23, 2014

The moral of this Vimeo Staff Pick is that lo-fi animation can bold, graphic and richly rewarding. Filmmaker Nils Knoblich compares his paper-crafted short From Dad to Son—about a prisoner helping his farmer father with help from his guards—to “The Father and His Sons,” an Aesop fable that teaches the value of family unity. It’s an example of how animation can communicate a lot with little, notes Dragonframe, which praises the five-minute film for its “polish, classic framing and story.”   Read the full Story >>

Insight: Crowdfunding's Hidden Tax Bite ... and How to Stop the Bleeding

nofilmschool   Wednesday April 23, 2014

That money you raise on Kickstarter or Indiegogo for your film project is not tax-free! But Ben Henretig, the founder of Micro-Documentaries, a distributor of short docs focusing on social change, wants you to be able to keep as much of it as possible: In a guest post at NoFilmSchool, Henretig explains the hidden tax bite of crowdfunding and offers tips on how to stop the bleeding   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: Portrait of a Lowriding Former Drug Lord

NOWNESS   Wednesday April 23, 2014

“I was intrigued by a man who had spent all of his drug money on his art: lowriding,” says British director Luke Monaghan at Nowness. The subject of Monaghan’s eight-minute black-and-white documentary Baby Gangster is Fredrick James Staves, the legendary reformed Compton Crips drug lord who is now a customized-car aficionado and leader of a lowrider club. Monaghan understatedly calls Staves an “interesting bloke.” Short of the Week has more on Monaghan and his film.   Read the full Story >>

BTS: How To Make Sick Action Videos

Vimeo   Wednesday April 23, 2014

Once you’ve decided which action camera to buy (see item 2), you’ll be ready to make sick mountain-bike videos. But first watch “How to Make a Sick Edit,” a humorous but also enlightening BTS tutorial that captures the ethos of action-video making. Rule one: Don’t call your video a video. Call it an “edit.”   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Does Multimedia Journalism Need to Be Redefined?

Medium.com   Tuesday April 22, 2014

When the New York Times debuted Snow Fall in 2012, the multimedia project, which combined text, graphics, photos and video to tell the story of a deadly avalanche, was held up as the future of journalism. But Medium.com explains how multimedia storytelling has already advanced beyond that in Snow Fall ... and how the idea of multimedia is being redefined. Eric Maierson, a producer at MediaStorm—which once called itself a multimedia studio—thinks the term is too limiting. “I believe ‘multimedia’ is the word we’ve come to use when describing photographers who make documentaries,” he says. MediaStorm now calls itself a “film production and interactive design studio.”   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Get to Know the Arri Amira, Virtually

nofilmschool   Tuesday April 22, 2014

Documentary filmmakers are understandably eager to get their hands on the new Arri AMIRA, an ENG-style camera with the same 16:9 sensor found in versions of the bigger and more expensive Arri ALEXA cine cam. Now they can, sort of: Arri has just released an AMIRA camera simulator. “After several minutes of using the simulator, it’s clear that the AMIRA is a very different beast from the ALEXA,” notes NoFilmSchool.   Read the full Story >>

In Focus: Photojournalist Anthony Suau Goes Organic

Indiegogo   Tuesday April 22, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Anthony Suau, who is also an Emmy winner, takes an in-depth look at the rise of organic farming in a 90-minute documentary film now being crowdfunded at Indiegogo. (All donations are tax deducible through a nonprofit production partner, From the Heart.) Titled Organinc Rising, the film looks at a solution to a looming tragedy, notes Suau: A food supply filled with poisonous pesticides, untested genetically modified products and vast amounts of sugar.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: 10 Things Filmmakers Want Film Festivals To Do

Indiewire   Tuesday April 22, 2014

Recently, Indiewire featured a useful post titled “10 Things Film Festivals Want Filmmakers to Know.” Due to what it describes as “torrential feedback,” it has added a new article describing the things that filmmakers want festivals to do … such as offering clear submission guidelines, festival formats and prizes on their websites, and providing reasons for rejecting films. At the very least filmmakers want to be rejected kindly.   Read the full Story >>

Motion Design: Animating "Cosmos"

Motionographer   Tuesday April 22, 2014

Describing something as vast and awesome as the cosmos is a big job. To accomplish that task, the new TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey depends heavily on motion design from an all-star team that includes Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Star Trek producer Brannon Braga, The Matrix DP Rainer Gombos, and Rainer Gombos, visual effects supervisor of Game of Thrones. Motionographer goes behind the scenes to see how the show’s animation informs and delights in equal parts.     Read the full Story >>

Addendum: Examining the Difference Between Stills and Motion

The Huffington Post   Tuesday April 22, 2014

At Motion Arts Pro, as at our sister publication Pro Photo Daily, we hold the moving image and the still photograph in equal esteem—with the understanding that each has a distinctive power to enthrall. The Huffington Post recently noted how differently the two mediums affect us by featuring iconic photos—the flag raising at Iwo Jima, Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway vent, Muhammad Ali standing over a defeated Sonny Liston—and their film counterparts. Which is more indelible? Share your opinions at the MAP Facebook page.   Read the full Story >>

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