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Apr 20, 2017

New Cuts and Checks video!

New Cuts and Checks video!

Cuts and Checks // Barbershops and Community Healthcare

Rachel Bracker and I made a video about North by Northeast Community Health Center's Cuts and Checks program run by Sharetta Butcher. Check it out. 

 

Categories Documentary Non-Profit Video Promotional Video

Oct 12, 2016

New Living Cully Video!

I've been a fan of Living Cully for a while now so I was thrilled to have a chance to help tell their story. Learn about their innovative anti-displacement work in NE Portland. Here's the video: 

 

Categories Documentary Non-Profit Video Promotional Video

Oct 9, 2016

At the Corner of Change featured in We Are Moving Stories

At the Corner of Change featured in We Are Moving Stories

A short we made for Metro screened this weekend at the New Urbanism Film Festival. As part of that, We Are Moving Stories included an interview with me about the film and why it was made. You can read it here!

Categories Awards Documentary Press

Sep 7, 2016

Hearts+Sparks video for Metro featured in New Urbanism Film Festival!

Hearts+Sparks video for Metro featured in New Urbanism Film Festival!

Delighted to announce that a video we made for Metro with Executive Producer Craig Beebe will be featured in the New Urbanism Film Festival in LA in early October!! 

Here's a description of the short: 

Some intersections are more than junctions of physical infrastructure. They are where the past and future cross, where cultures and opportunities meet. One such intersection is Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street in Portland.

Check out the festival here.

Categories Documentary Press

Mar 4, 2016

The trailer for Graphic Means is out!

The trailer for Graphic Means is out!

The trailer for Graphic Means is out! Directed by my friend Briar Levit and shot by me (interviews and other new looking b-roll). We travelled all around (including London, NYC, SF) to talk to these folks about graphic design from the 1950s to the 1990s and into the computer era. I hadn't seen anything since we wrapped last year and it's super cool! Check it out. Go Briar!

Learn more about the project here. 

Categories Documentary

Nov 16, 2015

State of Black Oregon video

State of Black Oregon video

This Wednesday, the Urban League of Portland will debut the State of Black Oregon video in partnership with the YWCA and a screening of Black Girl in Suburbia. Hearts+Sparks shot, edited and co-produced the piece. Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639678432978029/

Categories Documentary

Oct 12, 2015

More Tradeswomen Photos

More Tradeswomen Photos

I'm loving my job as I am heading out to construction sites all around time to document the tradeswomen building our city. Above, laborer Vanessa Enos out at Nike. 

Categories Construction Documentary Photography

Oct 2, 2015

Photo Project for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Photo Project for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.

Last Friday, I went out on the first of several shoots for Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. to document tradeswomen for every apprenticeable construction trade. We started with Val Black, pictured above and moved on to cement mason, Olivia McKavery, but we also ran into two former students of mine, Kadence Jimenez and Johnetta Abraham! And then I saw Guillermo from a recent video for Portland Youthbuilders! 

Sometimes I miss being out on a big jobsite as a carpenter even though that was now, a very long time ago. No need for me when you have young whippersnappers like Val Black on the job!

Categories Construction Documentary Photography

Sep 3, 2015

Working with Metro and New Video about SE 82nd and Division!

Last Spring, Hearts+Sparks was awarded a three-year contract for on call video services for Metro. This is a really big deal to me. I knew that when I submitted my 12 page proposal to compete against others for the award, but I really didn't think I'd get it. I thought it would be good practice, but I got it! I'm only in my third year as a business and to be awarded a contract like this not only boosts my business economically with additional work, but it also brings credibility to my work.

On top of that, I was pretty excited to find out that this was the first video I would get to make working with them. It's about SE 82nd and Division and features four individuals talking about their hopes and concerns for where they live and work. We got to meet these thoughtful individuals, shoot around the neighborhood and even do a time lapse from the roof of the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space! I learned a lot about what's happening out there and am excited to share this with you.

Click the link to learn more about our city and watch the video: www.oregonmetro.gov/82division

Categories Documentary

Aug 29, 2015

State of Black Oregon for the Urban League of Portland

State of Black Oregon for the Urban League of Portland

Photos from last week's shoot for the Urban League. This is actually at the end of the day when Tameka Taylor successfully convinced Emanuel Price to do some voiceover for us. He was perfect for us. Thanks, Emanuel!

The film will be released this fall. More soon. 

http://ulpdx.org

Categories Documentary In the Field Non-Profit Video

Aug 12, 2015

More Metro Time Lapse This Morning

More Metro Time Lapse This Morning

Who doesn't love a good time lapse? Bonus if you get to climb on top of a roof at sunrise. 

Here's a photo of Cassie Cohn helping out on a shoot for Metro this morning. Can you find her on top of the APANO building? 

Categories Documentary In the Field

A Return Passage

A Return Passage

A video recently completed for Oregon Humanities about two journalists, Putsata Reang and Kim Nguyen (a writer and photographer respectively), who returned to their homelands to help document the state of free speech in SE Asia. I knew these women were brave and passionate about their work, but I didn't know until we sat down, about the experiences they had endured just to come to the states. To me, this made their return that much more moving and inspiring. 

You can watch the video here over on the Oregon Humanities page. The video was made as a companion to the Fix issue of the Oregon Humanities magazine.

http://oregonhumanities.org/magazine-extras/video/a-return-passage/1241/

 

Categories Documentary Non-Profit Video

Update on Graphic Means

Update on Graphic Means

Check out the latest update on Graphic Means' Kickstarter page‚Äč and read about our trek from London to New Hampshire to New York City! It's been a privilege to be director of photography on this project and meet such passionate folks. Inner design geek: unlocked!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/graphicmeans/graphic-means-a-history-of-graphic-design-producti/posts/1322037?ref=backer_project_update

Here's a bonus photo of me eating Turkish food at a market in Dalston, London:

Categories Documentary

Aug 6, 2015

More Filming for Graphic Means

More Filming for Graphic Means

We wrapped up more interviews with various graphic designers of note in London, stopped for an interview with Frank Romano in New Hampshire and are now shooting in New York City. See more of what we've been up to on the Graphic Means Instagram here:  https://instagram.com/graphicmeans/

You'll find a variety of images from our stop in the Museum of Printing as well. 

Learn more about the feature documentary here: http://www.graphicmeans.com

Categories Documentary In the Field

Jul 31, 2015

Filming Graphic Means in London

Filming Graphic Means in London

I'm in London this week filming Graphic Means with director Briar Levit. Today we had our first interview with Ken Garland, a legend of graphic design. A few more interviews here before we head off to Boston and New York. 

Learn more about the feature documentary here

Categories Documentary In the Field

May 2, 2015

Graphic Means Shoot in San Francisco

Graphic Means Shoot in San Francisco

This weekend, Director Briar Levit and I are down in the bay area interviewing design leaders about graphic design in the computer era. We attended the TYPO conference yesterday and today head north to interview two more folks. 

The feature documentary, Graphic Means, has been underway since late Fall 2014 and explores the craft of design and the tools of the trade. As those tools evolved from physical instruments to computer software, what changed? What was lost? What was gained? 

It's been fascinating to hear the thoughts of Briar's interviewees on the matter as I think the conversation while ostensibly about design, really hits at human relationships with the computer in general. Though as a non-designer, hearing all the design-speak has been intriguing as well. 

Yesterday, we got to interview Tobias Frere-Jones, a famous type-designer who among other things, brought the font Gotham to life. The Hearts+Sparks logo, designed by Briar actually uses this font though it's (much more) famous use is the Obama campaign! Here's a photo of Briar (and me in the mirror) interviewing Mr. Frere-Jones--something that perhaps she never dreamed she'd get to do. We were very fortunate to spot him and have him agree to sit down to talk. 

Categories New Category Documentary In the Field

Apr 10, 2015

Portland Women's Crisis Line--New Video

Portland Women's Crisis Line--New Video

Last night, Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) had their annual fundraiser and they featured the story of Charlene who tells of her struggle with domestic abuse and how she was able to basically recreate herself with the help of PWCL. It was really an honor to tell her story and to help raise money for this invaluable organization. 

Hearts+Sparks has made their fundraising video for three years in a row now. 

 

Categories Documentary Non-Profit Video

Apr 9, 2015

Yeah Maybe No

Yeah Maybe No

Last month, I got to help out Kelly Kend with a short shoot for her documentary, Yeah Maybe No.  The film is a feature documentary about consent, but focuses, uniquely, on the experience of a young male who experienced sexual violence. Learn more about the film here:   http://kellykend.com

Categories Documentary

Apr 1, 2015

Graphic Means is Funded!

Graphic Means is Funded!

With 20 hours still to go, the feature documentary directed by Briar Levit, Graphic Means, has been funded!  Hearts+Sparks will be filming which includes traveling to California, Washington and London among other locales! We are sooooo excited to bring this bit of history of graphic design to the big screen!

Categories Documentary

Mar 28, 2015

Graphic Means Kickstarter: $21,000 raised and $4,000 more to go!

Graphic Means Kickstarter: $21,000 raised and $4,000 more to go!

Briar Levit's feature documentary about the history of graphic design production is moving quickly toward it's Kickstarter goal of $25,000. I can tell you after having shot our initial interviews that the film promises to be a fascinating glimpse into what it was before computers took over the industry. We'll be traveling to Washington, California, and London (to name a few spots) to capture critical voices and tell this story. 

Please support if you can!

Click to head over to Kickstarter and support:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/graphicmeans/graphic-means-a-history-of-graphic-design-producti

Categories Documentary

Mar 25, 2015

Laborer's Online Orientation Videos

Laborer's Online Orientation Videos

A series of videos I made for the Laborers union last year was just released. They are part of an amazing new website and will help create greater access to living wage jobs by providing an online orientation. A couple of my pics from the Tilikum Crossing bridge construction (like the one above) also appear. It was so much fun to travel around and shoot this series out in the field. 

The first in the series can be found on this page: http://www.oregonlaborers.com/apply/

Categories Construction Documentary Promotional Video

State of Black Oregon Video--Coming Soon!

State of Black Oregon Video--Coming Soon!

A pic from last weekend's shoot with Emanuel Price, Executive Director of S.C.A.F.E., a non-profit he started to help reduce recidivism rates in Portland. Emanuel is one of a handful of folks we'll be interviewing to help bring the Urban League's State of Black Oregon to a wider audience through video. The video will serve as a companion piece to the hefty report which presents a statewide report on the condition of African Americans in Oregon. 

Categories Documentary In the Field

Mar 12, 2015

Graphic Means Gives A Shout Out

Graphic Means, the upcoming feature length film covering the history of graphic design from paste up to pdf's gave us a mention over on their site:

http://www.graphicmeans.com/blog/2015/3/11/meet-director-of-photography-dawn-jones-redstone

I continue to be psyched to be a part of this project. Please check out the Kickstarter if you can:

 

Link to donate:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/graphicmeans/graphic-means-a-history-of-graphic-design-producti?ref=nav_search

Categories Documentary

Dec 10, 2014

Graphic Means, Feature Documentary

Graphic Means, Feature Documentary

Production has begun on a feature documentary called "Graphic Means" and directed by Briar Levit. Right now, we're shooting initial interviews to be able to make a trailer to then raise funds. 

I toy around with design applications like Photoshop and InDesign, but it's been interesting learning about the transition from paste up to digital design from people whose lives were focused on design. Looking forward to more shoots. 

Categories Documentary

Oct 27, 2014

Graphic Means, A Feature Documentary

Graphic Means, A Feature Documentary

Production began late last week on a new feature documentary by director Briar Levit. The doc will be shot over the next year with Dawn as Director of Photography. Hearts+Sparks is excited to be on on board. Go here to learn more about the project:  http://www.graphicmeans.com

Categories Documentary Photography

May 28, 2014

1.3.2 Why Nutrition Matters from Dawn Jones on Vimeo.

Bureau of Labor Project

Phew! I has been a crazy busy week wrapping up three projects that I've been working on over time. The biggest project I've been working on has been a creating images for a nutrition training for the Bureau of Labor. It encompassed 90 photos and 6 videos and took months to complete, but it's finally done. None of the images will appear online, but hundreds of people will see them through their apprenticeship programs. 

The video above is a sample of what was involved...

Categories Documentary

Dec 2, 2013

The "Goat Block" in SE Portland!

I got to shoot a short supplementary video for a radio piece about the Goats in SE Portland for Oregon Public Broadcasting and EarthFix last week. Fun stuff!  Go here and scroll down for the video! Meeh, meeh!

Categories Documentary

Sep 27, 2013

New Biwa Restaurant Video!

New Biwa Restaurant Video!

I worked with Kina Voelz and Gabe Rosen, co-owners of Biwa restaurant to create this video that explains their new 5% "health and wellness" charge that is used to provide health insurance and living wages to their staff. It's a unique approach to a longstanding problem within the restaurant industry and it was a pleasure to get to tell this story.

Watch the video here:  http://heartsandsparksproductions.com/biwa-restaurants-solution-to-healthcare-

Categories Documentary

May 14, 2013

New Video for the Electricians!

New Video for the Electricians!

Electrical Apprenticeship: Realities Of The Job from Dawn Jones on Vimeo.

 Just wrapped up a new video for the electricians training center to help inform applicants about what it's really like to be an apprentice. I interviewed four different apprentices at different locations in the Portland area and got them to talk about the realities of the job.

On two of these shoots, I had an assistant and the rest I did by myself serving as sound woman, cinematographer, and director. Having a small crew makes me highly portable--especially on a construction site. 

Music by James Jones

Categories Documentary

Apr 17, 2013

NW Line JATC

In February, I got to go out to Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon to shoot video of apprentice lineworkers in training. I interviewed them about the application process and their experience with apprenticeship to help demystify the various ways folks get in the program while at the same time showing diversity in the trade.

I collaborated closely with NW Line JATC staff to make sure it was the video they wanted. Here's the result of our labor. 

Categories Documentary

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