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Trending: Jack Black’s 3-in-1 Music Video
WIRED
The web is pretty excited about the music video for Jack Black’s single “That Black Bat Licorice.” The Huffington Post describes it as “a pseudo-choose-your-own-adventure experience, where three different videos can be played.” Each video was directed by a different person, explains Wired: If you sit back and press “play,” you’ll see an animated video directed by James Blagden in which Black dances, rests on a prison cot, and cuts off his own tongue. Press the “3” key and you get a live-action version directed by Black himself. Press the “B” key and you’ll see real people head-banging in slow motion under the direction of Brad Holland. Take it as a metaphor for Black’s multi-dimensional career. Read the full story >>

Dept of Ideas: Talkhouse Film, Where Filmmakers Go to Talk about Film
FILMMAKER
Talkhouse Film is the go-to spot for filmmakers who want to talk about films with other filmmakers, says NoFilmSchool. The site features forums and curated essays—called “Talks”— from an impressive list of filmmakers. (For instance: writer/director James Hemphill on American Sniper and director David Lowery on Boyhood.) NFS talks to Nick Dawson, editor-in-chief of Talkhouse, about film criticism and the importance of diversity in film. Read the full story >>

Screening Room: Short Doc “If I Die On Mars”
Short of the Week
In 2012, the non-profit Mars One project announced plans to establish a human colony on the red planet by 2025. Some 200,000 people applied for a spot on the four-man space ship that would make the journey. The 10-minute documentary If I Die on Mars, from director Ed Perkins, introduces us to three of those people, who don’t mind that they’d never come back. Short of the Week calls the doc a “perfect blend of documentary and science-fiction, combining ethereal space footage with talking-head interviews.” Read the full story >>

Resources: Apply to These Short-Film Grants
Indiewire
Speaking of short films: Indiewire reports that the Davey Foundation—founded in memory of actor David Ross Fetzer—is once again offering aspiring writers and filmmakers the chance to produce their own films through three short-film grants. There are two $5,000 grants and a third grant that provides a filmmaker with the use of a $10,000 camera package. Applicants need to be 35 or under. Go here for more. Read the full story >>

Insight: Shooting “Romance” In NYC … With an iPhone 6
FILMMAKER
If you’re thinking about shooting a film with an iPhone, as a growing number of filmmakers are doing, then you’ll be interested in the behind-the-scenes featurette looking at how Tristan Pope shot his short film Romance in NYC with an iPhone 6. The film, notes Filmmaker, is shot entirely from the first-person perspective, and the mobility of the iPhone enabled the director/camera operator to play the role of the first-person protagonist. Pope lets his own hands and arms enter and exit frames, aided by variety of gear. Read the full story >>

DIY Film: Build Your Own Camera Baseplate & Shoulder Pad, for Cheap
nofilmschool
The new breed of baseplates-that-double-as-shoulder-rigs are incredibly versatile and comfortable to use … but not very easy on your wallet. At NoFilmSchool, indie filmmakers Jake Schumacher and Jed Hurt, who are working on a crowdfunded documentary called App: The Human Story, describe how they saved money by making their own camera baseplate and shoulder pad. You’ll need a tripod base plate and a few other items and maybe an afternoon the put it all together. Read the full story >>

Tell Us About Your Motion Projects …
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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 >
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