How about a pint of handcrafted story?

We tell stories in the form of films, commercials, documentaries, and music videos.
Let us tell your story today.

Motke Dapp / Paper Ghost Pictures Demo Reel

Using everything at our disposal to help share every good story we can tell

Not just pretty faces and decadent visuals.

Our desire is for everyone involved to be as pleased as a toddler in a pool of kittens.

From start to finish. Every project.

What is Paper Ghost Pictures?

Paper Ghost Pictures is a boutique production company and an award winning team of filmmakers. Led by Motke Dapp and Ryan Hartsock, they strive to create strong stories and messages through visually compelling films, commercials and various digital media.

In summer of 2013, they created a short film called "Sorry About Tomorrow," which won several awards at the Nashville 48 Hour Film Project, including Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Director, Best Sound Design, and Best Actress. The film was chosen as an official selection of over ten film festivals so far including Cinequest, Seattle International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival (where it was runner up for Best Tennessee Short), and is currently one of twenty five films chosen for the PBS Online Film Festival.

Over the last few years, they have completed several short films, including "Lime and Davenport," a quirky, visual film that won several awards; "The Once Mighty," which was an official selection of the Nashville Film Festival 2011; and "The Department of Thoughts and Intentions," where we won Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Graphics, and Runner Up Best Film.

In addition to films, Paper Ghost Pictures produces commercials, music videos and motion graphics. To contact us or learn more about what we can offer you, please reach us at info (at) paperghostpictures (dot) com.

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).

Paper Ghost Pictures is in development on several feature films (with original screenplays from writer/director Motke Dapp). Apart from the time and energy spent on those efforts, they created a music video for Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes for their song "Bleeding Tongue," and they are working on some projects with start up Chore Monster as well as some corporate and commercial work.

We've worked with some great people

Hyatt, Barefoot Proximity/Omnimedia, ChoreMonster, Human Capital Group, Inc., and many others.

We'd love to add your name to the list.

Sorry About Tomorrow

Trailer for the short film Sorry About Tomorrow - Currently in the festival circuit

ChoreMonster: your kids will beg to do chores

Full length online ad for a fun start up company.

The Great American Shovel Company Ad

An ad for an imaginary company that exists in the film Sorry About Tomorrow

Stories are important.

We pride ourselves in telling good stories. We want to tell yours.

Let's chat.

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