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Facebook   Tuesday February 11, 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 >>

International Motion Art Awards: Laurie Rosenwald

By David Schonauer   Thursday April 17, 2014

Painter, author, designer, and educator Laurie Rosenwald notes at her website that she speaks Swedish like a native New Yorker, which makes sense since she divides her time between NYC and Stockholm. Her drawings have appeared in the New Yorker, New York magazine, and other publications, and she leads a novel workshop series on "how to make mistakes on purpose." Her new minute-and-a-half animated ...   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: New Pentax MF 645Z Shoots High-Def Video

PDNPULSE   Friday April 18, 2014

The newly introduced Pentax 645Z is the first medium-format camera to shoot high-def 1080P video—perfect, notes NoFilmSchool, if you want to capture “that 70mm” cinematic look. But the camera, which comes with a 51-megapixel CMOS sensor, is also making news with its pricing: When it ships in June, it will cost $8,499—far less than the new $27,000 Hasselblad H5Dc   Read the full Story >>

Animation: A Video Explaining What A Film Editor Does

Vimeo   Friday April 18, 2014

If you’re a budding filmmaker or a photographer transitioning to motion, you may not have an entirely clear idea of what film editors do. If that’s the case, please watch the clever animated short on the subject from Inside the Edit, which is dedicated “to every editor out there in those dark rooms creating art with moving images.” Its use of graphics demystifies the complexities of the editor’s job, notes NoFilmSchool, while paying tribute to the immense influence editors have on the final product.   Read the full Story >>

Friday Focus: A 3-Minute Celebration of Black-and-White Cinema

Vimeo   Friday April 18, 2014

And since it’s Friday, let’s also pay tribute to the cinematic power of black and white: The Spark production company has put together an instructive supercut of the most beautifully monochromatic movie moments created over the past century—all condensed into three minutes. It will make you long for a time when, as Filmmaker IQ notes, there was less hue and more contrast in the world.   Read the full Story >>

Documentaries, 1: A Film Series Explores the Changing "Art of the Real"

Indiewire   Thursday April 17, 2014

Is the definition of documentary film too narrow? In fact, notes Indiewire, the documentary has always been a hybrid species that’s “drawn its power from the tension between actuality and artifice, between the camera's observation and participation.” That tension is the subject of The Art of the Real, a new film series from the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The series, which runs through April 26, features old and new work in an attempt to show how expansive the idea of non-fiction film can be. Included, for instance, is Derek Jarman’s Blue, a 79-minute film made up of just one shot, a single frame of blue that mirrors the filmmaker’s deteriorating sight as a side effect of HIV medication.   Read the full Story >>

Documentaries, 2: Seven Tips For Filmmakers From Full Frame Fest

Indiewire   Thursday April 17, 2014

At the recent Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, several nonfiction industry bigwigs (including programming executives from A&E IndieFilms, POV, and CNN Films) gathered for a series of panel discussions, where they offered filmmakers advice on getting their work funded and featured. Indiewire has seven takeaway tips, such as: “Think commercial—if you want to attract a big broadcaster,” and “Use video footage to sell your story. And make sure it’s good.”   Read the full Story >>

Documentaries, 3: Revealing "The Deadly Cost of Fashion"

The New York Times   Thursday April 17, 2014

On April 24, 2013, the collapse of a building in Bangladesh killed over 1,000 garment-industry workers and injured another 2,500. Now a new documentary short, featured at the NY Times’s OpDoc series, shows how the tragedy relates to the lives of Americans by featuring photojournalist Ismail Ferdous's images of popular clothing labels found in the rubble of the factory. Filmmaker Nathan Fitch and Ferdous have also launched a campaign to bring fair compensation to the victims of the collapse.     Read the full Story >>

Documentaries, 4: Film Reveals Dark Side of a Religious Community

USA Today   Thursday April 17, 2014

Another documentary work getting attention is filmmaker Jaime Prater’s No Place to Call Home, recently released on Vimeo On Demand. Prater tells USA Today that when he decided to make a documentary exploring the lives of the children he grew up with at the Jesus People USA religious community, he never imagined his research would "open the floodgates" of stories about physical and sexual abuse. Now two lawsuits have been filed against Jesus People and the Evangelical Covenant Church.   Read the full Story >>

Documentaries, 5: Inside A Cryogenic Storage Site

Short of the Week   Thursday April 17, 2014

As an example of cool documentary storytelling, Short of the Week points to We Will Live Again, a short from filmmakers Josh Koury and Myles Kane that takes viewers inside the Cryonics Institute, a facility in which deceased people are stored in below-freezing temperatures until future technology can “awaken” them. The film, which debuted at last year’s Tribeca fest, features traditional hand-held documentary-style camera work and creative if macabre close-ups of human flesh, notes SOTW.   Read the full Story >>

Honors: Filmmaker Laura Poitras's Whistleblower Work Wins Pulitzer

Indiewire   Thursday April 17, 2014

And on a day when we focus on the work of documentary filmmakers, we end by noting that among the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prizes is work led by filmmaker Laura Poitras, who collaborated with the Washington Post and the Guardian on their stories about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Poitras, notes Indiewire, was one of the first journalists to meet with Snowden in Hong Kong, where she shot her video interview with him for the Guardian.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, 2014

MovieMaker   Wednesday April 16, 2014

The check you write to enter your documentary or animated short in this or that film festival may not seem like much—but of course you’re going to be entering multiple fests, so the fees are going to add up! And if you’re not organized, you’ll be dishing out late fees! Find out which fests are worth the money with the 2014 edition of MovieMaker’s “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” list, available online now in weekly installments. The first group was released last week, featuring festivals from A to C—including the Atlanta Film Festival; the Big Sky Documentary Festival in Missoula, MT; the Brooklyn Film Festival; and the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival of Chagrin Falls, OH.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: How to Tell Stories In An A.D.D. World

FILMMAKER IQ   Wednesday April 16, 2014

“We’ve gotten to a point where everything is on our time. So why is everyone storytelling like it’s 2007 in a 2014 world?” That’s the question that Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of the brand-management agency VaynerMedia, asks in an illuminating 99U talk about storytelling in our current “A.D.D. Culture”—in which we text madly while binge-watching entire television seasons in one sitting. (BTW: According to scientists, we are actually programmed to binge watch.)   Read the full Story >>

Spotlight: Inspiring Docs About "Same But Different" Children

Vimeo   Wednesday April 16, 2014

Speaking of powerful storytelling: Same But Different—Theo’s Story, now a Vimeo Staff Pick, is one of a series of eight short documentaries focusing on children from across the UK who have overcome a range of differences, disabilities and medical conditions. Theo, for instance, is 10 and blind … and hates it when people are too nice to him. The International Emmy Award-winning docs have been praised for a non-patronizing approach in which the children simply tell us "what it’s like to be me.”   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: A New Version of A Powerful Motion Graphics Plugin

nofilmschool   Wednesday April 16, 2014

Yanobox’s Nodes, a motion graphics plugin for After Effects, Final Cut Pro X, and other post-production software, debuted an updated version at last week’s NAB Show, and NoFilmSchool likes what it saw, noting that its features include the ability to import your own custom 3D models and sequences, combine text, graphics and images in your 3D animations, and control how nodes, connections, and text are animated.   Read the full Story >>

Dept of Ideas: Tilt Shifting and Time Lapsing Down Under

Vimeo   Wednesday April 16, 2014

Australian photographer Filippo Rivetti’s time-lapse video turns the city of Sydney into a miniature fantasyland, notes Laughing Squid. Rivetti created his unique view of the New South Wales capital for Expedia by applying a tilt-shift effect in post-production using both LRTimelapse and Adobe After Effects. To capture the images for Tiny Sidney, he used a Canon 5DMIII and a Canon 7D and a number of lenses, including a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, a 70-200mm f/2.8, and a 24mm f/1.4 lens.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Are Millennials Leaving TV Behind?

Paste   Wednesday April 16, 2014

According to a new Deloitte study, about 56 percent of 14 to 24 year olds, or “trailing millennials,” as the researchers call them, prefer mobile devices and computers over television for viewing. The research firm credits the growth of “digital omnivores,” or people with a number of different mobile devices and computers, for this change, notes Paste magazine. Deloitte also mentions the growing popularity of streaming services. What’s impact of these trends on filmmakers? See item 2.   Read the full Story >>

Trending: Indie Film Orgs Turn to Web

Indiewire   Tuesday April 15, 2014

Is motion art’s future on the web? Indiewire reports that last month two major organizations that have supported independent filmmakers for over three decades revealed separate plans focused on multi-platform creativity: The Sundance Institute and the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced new programs to encourage serialized storytelling for both television and the web. Meanwhile, the Tribeca Film Festival is expanding its online programming, adding Tribeca N.O.W., a newly designed program that recognizes creators of new online work. And Discovery Communications is teaming with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to create content for web watchers.   Read the full Story >>

Honors: 2014 Webby Nominees Named; Vote For Your Favorites

Webby Awards   Tuesday April 15, 2014

Speaking of motion art online: The nominees for the 2014 Webby Awards have been named, and you can vote for your favorite sites and series in the People’s Voice competition. In the Best Use of Photograph category, for instance, you can choose from Katerina Cizek’s A Short History of the Highrise and National Geographic’s Found blog, In the Best Use of Video or Moving Image category your choices include Time’s Timelapse site and the NY Times’s A Game of Shark and Minnow. Winners will be announced on April 29.   Read the full Story >>

Animation: "Francis," A Tale Inspired by "This American Life"

Vimeo   Tuesday April 15, 2014

Animator Richard Hickey’s short Francis screened at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and Raindance film festival, and now it’s a Staff Pick at Vimeo. The story was inspired by an episode of the radio show This American Life, in which six American writers were asked to create a short story about adventure. Hickey’s film brings to life one of the most popular tales, from novelist and screenwriter Dave Eggers, by melding 3D visuals with the spoken narrative about the legend of a mysterious nature preserve.     Read the full Story >>

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