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Jul 22, 2016

What I'm working on

What I'm working on

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. 

Categories In the Field Music Video Non-Profit Video

Dec 8, 2015

PUSH Safety Rap Music Video

PUSH Safety Rap Music Video

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. 

Categories In the Field Music Video

Oct 5, 2015

PUSH Young Worker Safety Videos

PUSH Young Worker Safety Videos

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!

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video

Sep 8, 2015

Pick Up Shots for Sista in the Brotherhood

Pick Up Shots for Sista in the Brotherhood

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: 

http://www.sistainthebrotherhood.com

Above: Sidony, O'Neal, me and Kaeli Casati down near the Sellwod Bridge. Not pictured: Dan Pool. 

Categories In the Field Sista in the Brotherhood

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

Portland Youth Builders

Portland Youth Builders

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:

http://pybpdx.org

http://www.emileebooher.com

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video

Aug 24, 2015

Oregon Community Health Workers Video

Oregon Community Health Workers Video

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. 

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video Promotional Video

Oregon Tradeswomen Building Girls Shoot

Oregon Tradeswomen Building Girls Shoot

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. 

Categories 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

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

Jul 13, 2015

Time Lapse for Metro

Time Lapse for Metro

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!

Categories In the Field

Jun 5, 2015

Sista in the Brotherhood in Bitch Media Podcast

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

Categories In the Field Press Sista in the Brotherhood

Jun 3, 2015

Final Shoot for Sista in the Brotherhood

Final Shoot for Sista in the Brotherhood

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. 

Categories In the Field Narrative film Sista in the Brotherhood

Oregon Humanities Video Coming Soon!

Oregon Humanities Video Coming Soon!

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!

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video

May 17, 2015

Filming Sista in the Brotherhood!

Filming Sista in the Brotherhood!

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!

Categories New Category In the Field Narrative film Sista in the Brotherhood

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

Mar 25, 2015

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

Dec 18, 2014

Steadicam/Glidecam Practice with Galen and Brian

Steadicam/Glidecam Practice with Galen and Brian

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. 

Categories In the Field

Oct 13, 2014

OHSU PUSH Project Has Begun!

OHSU PUSH Project Has Begun!

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. 

Categories In the Field Photos

Sep 29, 2014

Oregon Southern Idaho Construction Craft Laborers

Oregon Southern Idaho Construction Craft Laborers

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!

Categories In the Field

Sep 8, 2014

Freebies Shoot

Freebies Shoot

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!

Categories In the Field Narrative Video

Apr 9, 2014

NW Line JATC Tree Trimmer Video

NW Line JATC Tree Trimmer Video

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? 

Categories In the Field Photography

Jan 7, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

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!!!

Categories In the Field

Dec 6, 2013

The Making of the Bitch Music Video

Click here to go to the Facebook photo album!

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video

Oct 31, 2013

Bitch Media music video is in the works!

Bitch Media music video is in the works!

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!

Categories In the Field Non-Profit Video

Aug 5, 2013

Pickathon Live Broadcast!

Pickathon Live Broadcast!

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!

Categories In the Field

Apr 22, 2013

The Cabin Project Music Video Shoot

Some pics from Sunday's music video shoot for the The Cabin Project and their song, "The Lining." This was day one of a multi-day shoot that involves costuming, multiple locations and lots of coordination. Look for the final video sometime mid May, but in the meantime, you can check out the link above (by clicking on the title) AND check out The Cabin Project here. 

Categories In the Field

Apr 1, 2013

Tiny House Video on Huffington Post

Tiny House Video on Huffington Post

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!

Categories In the Field Narrative Video Press

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