Motke Dapp makes films and commercials

Motke Dapp Fall 2015 Commercial / Narrative Demo Reel

The latest reel with several commercial spots represented, as well as footage from the upcoming feature "Other Versions of You"

Motke Dapp Demo Reel (Early 2015)

Using everything available to tell good stories cinematically

Selected Filmography

Other Versions of You (feature) - Writer/Director/Producer - 2015
Lessons in Accidental Magic (short)- Writer/Director/Actor - 2015
Everyday Yeti (short) - Writer/Director/Producer - 2015
Fossils - Writer/Director - 2015
Contrary to Likeness (short) - Writer/Director/Producer - 2014
Sorry About Tomorrow (short) - Writer/Director/Producer/Music - 2013
The Upside of Down (short) - Director/Screenplay - 2014
Lime and Davenport (short) - Writer/Director/Producer/Actor - 2012
the Many Monsters of Sadness (feature) - Writer/Director/Producer/Music/Actor - 2012
The Once Mighty (short) - Writer/Director/Producer/Actor/Editor/After Effects - 2011
The Department of Thoughts and Intentions (short) - Writer/Director/Producer - 2010
Yellow (short short) - Writer/Director/Producer/Editor/Actor - 2010
Now You're Being Ridiculous (short) - Writer/Director/Producer - 2009

Selected Commercial

The Extra Hour | Downy & Febreze Sleep Collections - Director - Winner of 2 Addy's in Cincinnati (Best in Show and Best Digital Video)
Coursera Learner Stories | Harry - Director/Editor
Coursera Learner Stories | Charlotte - Director/Editor
Coursera Learner Stories | Limari - Director/Editor
When Your Boyfriend Does Your Laundry | Downy - Director
Is Your Son Doing Laundry For The First Time? | Downy - Director
Vigilant Technology Solutions - CyberDNA™: Real Security for Network Professionals - Writer/Director/Editor
ChoreMonster - Your Kids Will Beg To Do Chores - 30 Second Spot for Direct TV - Director/Editor
ChoreMonster - Your Kids Will Beg To Do Chores - Long-form Video for Web - Director/Editor
Great American Shovel Company - Fake commercial as teaser for the short film Sorry About Tomorrow - Writer/Director/Editor
Fiat - Spec commercial - Writer/Director/Editor
Once a Month Meals - Director/Editor - Quick how to promo video
Bleeding Tongue by Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes (music video) - Director/Producer
ChoreMonster Mini Doc (documentary) - Director

Awards and Nominations

Lessons in Accidental Magic (short)

Lessons in Accidental Magic won 12 awards at the Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project, including BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR. The film was nominated for every category but one. It won for Best Special EFX, Best Location Sound, Best Sound Design, Best Music/Song, Audience Choice B Runner up, Best Use of Genre, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Directing, and Best Film. Lessons in Accidental Magic will compete at Filmapalooza 2017 against the winners of over 130 cities.
Everyday Yeti (short)
Everyday Yeti is an award-winning short film made in 48 hours that won BEST FILM at the 2015 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. The film received 16 nominations. It won for Best Graphics, and Motke won Best Director. The film made it in the top 10 at Filmapalooza 2016 and tied for 3rd as crowd favorite Tennessee Short Film at the Nashville Film Festival in 2016. The film was chosen to screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner May 2016.
Contrary to Likeness (short)
Screened at Festival De Cannes (Shorts Corner) in 2015
Best Director, Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Graphics and nominated for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Actor for Kris Wente - Filmapalooza (This is a competition of the winner of every 48 hour film in every city across the globe - roughly 3000 films compete in this competition)
Best Film (overall winner), Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Graphics, Best in Genre - Nashville 48 Hour Film Project
Sorry About Tomorrow (short)
Official Selection of: PBS Online Film Festival 2014, Cinequest, Seattle International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, The Silicon Valley Science Fiction Short Film Festival, EMP Museum Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival, Asheville Cinema Festival, Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival, Grand Rapids Film Festival, Brevard Short Film Festival, East Nashville Film Festival
- Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, Best in Genre, Best Actress - Nashville 48 Hour Film Project
- Runner up Best Tennessee Short - Nashville Film Festival
- Best Director - East Nashville Film Festival
- The Golden Marlin Award for Best Film and the Audience Award - The Silicon Valley Science Fiction Short Film Festival
Lime and Davenport (short) - Audience Award, Best in Genre, Best Supporting Actress, Best Wardrobe, Best Makeup, Best Art Direction - Nashville 48 Hour Film Project
The Many Monsters of Sadness (feature) - Nominated for Best Director, Nominated for Best Narrative Feature - Cincinnati Film Festival
The Department of Thoughts and Intentions (short) - Runner Up Best Film, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Graphics - Nashville 48 Hour Film Project
Now You're Being Ridiculous (short) - Best Film, Best Supporting Actress - Nashville 48 Hour Film Project



We strive to tackle the unknown, unless the unknown is a tiger.

Tigers have nothing to do with making films, but everyone loves a good tiger reference.

Also, tigers are a natural fire ant repellant.

The Greater and Lesser Accomplishments of Motke Dapp

Motke Dapp is an award winning filmmaker (Director, writer, producer, editor, and sometimes actor, but only sometimes.) He is co-owner of Paper Ghost Pictures, which he runs with his business partner and producer, Ryan Hartsock. He is often hired as an independent director in Nashville, Cincinnati, and around the world. He is currently working on a feature film called Other Versions of You, which he wrote and is directing. Principal photography starts in fall of 2016.

Motke's most recent short film, Lessons in Accidental Magic, won Best Film and Motke won Best Director and Best Script at the 2016 Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Project. It won 12 awards in total and will represent Cincinnati at Filmapalooza in 2017.

Motke's short film, Everyday Yeti, won Best Film and Motke won Best Director at the 2015 Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. The film made it in the top 10 at Filmapalooza 2016 and tied for 3rd as crowd favorite Tennessee Short Film at the Nashville Film Festival in 2016. The film was chosen to screen at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner May 2016.

In July of 2014, Motke directed a short film called Contrary to Likeness as part of the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. This film won Best Film, and Motke won Best Director. The film competed globally with other city winners at Filmapalooza 2015 in Hollywood. Out of 126 films at Filmapalooza, Contrary to Likeness was nominated for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Actor (Kris Wente), and the film won Best Editing, Best Graphics, and Best Set Design. Motke Dapp won for Best Director. The film then screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the South of France in May 2015.

In July of 2013, Motke directed, wrote, and produced a short sci-fi film called "Sorry About Tomorrow," with Paper Ghost Pictures as part of the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project. The film won Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Design, and Best Actress. The film is currently in the festival circuit, and Motke is busy developing the short into a feature length film.

In spring of 2012, Paper Ghost Pictures debuted its first feature film  “The Many Monsters of Sadness” (see the trailer HERE) as an official selection to 43rd Annual Nashville Film Festival, Film-Com 2012, Cincinnati International Film Festival and Louisville International Festival of Films. In addition to the feature film, they made two short films related to the feature called "A Spoonful of Zanny," (view trailer) and "The Heart is a Desolate Place" (view trailer). You can purchase the DVD here.

Motke and Paper Ghost Pictures are in development on several feature films (with original screenplays from writer/director Motke Dapp), as well as working on commercials and the occasional music video.

Contact Motke.

Phone: 615.491.0777 | Email: motkedapp@gmail.com