Jul 22, 2016
The above is a photo taken yesterday while filming with Living Cully, one of about seven projects I am working on. They are all at different stages of production with varying deadlines so I'm keeping up. Most of all, I love feeling connected to my community and seeing what people are doing out in the world. Below is a photo from the Girls Build shoot today and then one from a music video shoot for The Cabin Project.
Dec 8, 2015
Over the past few months, we've been working on a series of videos for OHSU's young worker safety training called PUSH. The last piece is a rap music video about employer/employee safety in the workplace written by The Real Gums.
We'll be shooting over at Buck Studio later this week, but above is a photo of our amazing dancers during a rehearsal! Can't wait for Friday.
Oct 5, 2015
Over the weekend, we had a shoot for OHSU's PUSH young worker safety training. The videos are meant to be both educational and as you can tell, a bit comedic. Fun shoot over at Cherry Sprout Produce!
Sep 8, 2015
Last week, I went out with a skeleton crew of three total and lead actor Sidony O'Neal to get a bit of additional footage for the film, Sista in the Brotherhood. In the meantime, we've quietly launched our new website, but it's a work in progress. You can check it out here:
Above: Sidony, O'Neal, me and Kaeli Casati down near the Sellwod Bridge. Not pictured: Dan Pool.
Aug 29, 2015
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.
I am working on a fundraising video for Portland Youth Builders. Part of the video will feature artist Emilee Booher making a portrait of two PYB grads as they talk about their transformative experiences with the program. It's cool to be able to add a visual element like this that can help lift their story.
Learn more here:
Aug 24, 2015
About two years ago I made a video for Oregon Community Health Workers or ORCHWA to help explain who they are and what they do. At the time, I wasn't familiar with their work. At all. But the more I learned and continued to work with them (on two more videos right now), the more convinced I was that they are an essential part of the chain of people that provide healthcare to our community. A lot of times, these folks are the front line for health, helping to connect specific communities to the often monolithic systems that provide support to us as a whole.
Above is a photo of Zeenia Junkeer and Celia Higueras from our shoot last week. Celia and I interviewed a number of CHWs to talk about their work.
It's going to be a long time before anyone sees the results of the shoot, but it was so fun to go out to the middle school camp where young girls are learning about construction, math and more. When I used to teach at Oregon Tradeswomen, I helped out with this program during its first year.
It's an incredible thing to see these young girls pick up a hammer and skilsaw and build! It's not obvious to a lot of people that young girls could do this work, but it becomes obvious to the girls by the end of the camp. Amazing.
Aug 12, 2015
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?
Aug 6, 2015
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
Jul 31, 2015
Jul 13, 2015
Up on the rooftop of the APANO building at SE 82nd and Division running some test footage for a video for Metro last week. Cassie Cohn doing the assist!
Jun 5, 2015
The Bitch Media podcast from Sarah Mirk, Popaganda, came out to the set of Sista in the Brotherhood when we were filming. She captured a bit of us in action and used it as an intro to her podcast on the lack of lady directors in Hollywood. Check it out: http://tinyurl.com/qxjtutp
Jun 3, 2015
A photo from last week's final shoot (we hope) for Sista in the Brotherhood. We shot Saturday night with a gang (crew) of mighty folks including Moni the baby girl in the scene!
I got to do some additional camera operating for this scene so picture me running alongside a car with thousands of dollars worth of gear!
Actor Sidony O'neal gets mic'd by Cassie Cohn, our assistant director who also ran sound for this bonus shoot.
A quick pic from the shoot with Oregon Humanities last week. Video about Kim Nguyen and Putsata Reang's trip to research and report on freedom of expression in SE Asia for InterNews coming soon!
May 17, 2015
The past few days have been a whirlwind since filming of the short film Sista in the Brotherhood began. Learn more about the film directed by Dawn Jones Redstone here. It's been a lot of very hard work with an outstanding cast and crew to make this movie. More pics below!
May 2, 2015
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.
Mar 25, 2015
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.
Dec 18, 2014
A few pics from last weekend's shoot with Galen Huckins and Brian Benson of the Steam Radio Syndicate, but for a different project. Ashley Haight helped out on the shoot--especially getting that GlideCam balanced! Can't wait to see how these images turn out, but most of all, just what these guys make. It always turns out brilliant.
Dec 13, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
Yesterday we had our first shoot for the Young Workers' Safety Training project which will involve multiple videos and photos to be shot over the next few months. This blurry pic was taken by Katie Hughes over at Bushel and Peck which graciously donated the use of the space. Our young actor is Kevin Johnson, seen here giving us a lesson on young worker's rights.
Sep 29, 2014
Just a quick picture from a project I'm working on for the Laborer's Apprenticeship. This is a still from video shot of Aida Aranda, Apprentice Coordinator for the Oregon Southern Idaho Construction Craft Laborer's Apprenticeship. Got to go out on four different jobsites last week and capture images of folks hard at work. More soon!
Sep 8, 2014
Last Friday through Sunday, Hearts+Sparks was on set filming Freebies, a narrative short film directed by Rebecca Blain. With the exception of a production assistant and one actor, it was an all female cast and crew and an all around blast to shoot.
We used the Canon C300 EOS Cinema camera, the same camera used in films like Blue is the Warmest Color and Her, some of my recent indie favorites. It's amazing what it can do with low light and what was the perfect fit for an all natural light shoot.
Stay tuned for a film release in the coming year!
Apr 9, 2014
A quick pic from today's video shoot for NW Line JATC and their forthcoming video about the Tree Trimmer Apprenticeship. This is Becki Yanosko on the job, cutting trees for clearance around power lines. Pretty tough, eh?
Jan 7, 2014
After over two weeks of travel over the holidays (and helping my brother on a short film in NY), H+S had it's first shoot of the year with Gladys Bike and Kenton Cycle Repair. Can't say too much, but here's a quick pic from the shoot. Coming soon!!!
Dec 6, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
Hearts+Sparks spent the past weekend on a three day shoot with the staff of Bitch Media and the dance musician extraordinaire A Severe Joy. Can't say too much, but it was a blast to run around the office and fire up the fog machine. Stay tuned!
Aug 5, 2013
I spent the weekend at Pickathon on the film crew working the headlining acts in the Galaxy Barn, one of five stages during the "indie roots" festival. It was a bit of a shift in schedule to stay up until 2 a.m. every night, but worth it to be part of a production like this. I had never done live broadcasting before so I learned a ton. You have to really think on your feet finding angles and viewpoints as the director tells you when your camera is live and what they need.
Plus, I got to be up close and personal with some amazing bands. My utility tech snapped a pic with my phone. Here's me shooting Britt Daniel of Spoon (head cut off) and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade in their band The Divine Fits. Awesome show!
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 1, 2013
And today the tiny house video and Hearts+Sparks got a warm hug from Huffington Post here.
Here's a pic from the making of the video showing the whole crew helping out for the last scenes of Katie inside the house.
It might be time to roll up my sleeves and do some more sketch comedy!