Blue Chalk Media

Blue Chalk Media Blue Chalk Media is a digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling.

Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling. With roots in photojournalism, documentary film, cable television and digital communications, the Blue Chalk team is equipped to serve third-party clients and partners as well as to publish independently. Apart from our work helping brands tell stories, a separate division of Blue Chalk produces content for journalism organizations and knowledge brands. These assignments may take the form of short-form or full-length documentary films, photographic essays, e-books, web content or interactive media. Blue Chalk is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with an office in Portland, OR.

"The majority of my time is spent filling out permit requests and license applications to get permission to use drones a...
05/19/2019
Documenting Climate Change by Air, Land and Sea

"The majority of my time is spent filling out permit requests and license applications to get permission to use drones around some of the most fragile places in the world "

New York Times photographer Josh Haner breaks down his experience documenting climate change across the globe.

The New York Times photographer Josh Haner has spent the past four years capturing the effects of climate change around the world and under water.

05/18/2019
Steens Mountain

Steens Mountain is home to some of the wildest and most remote land left in Oregon—an ideal location to capture killer drone footage.

Video by Jamie Francis.

05/18/2019

Drew owes a lot to Open School. His student years there were the first time adults believed in him. Now Drew works at Open School on a program that helps kids from backgrounds like his.

His inspirational story is featured in this film we created with Must Be Something for Open School's annual fundraiser.

A thowback to DP Megan Clark on production with the inspiring ladies of Freeland Spirits in Portland, Oregon.  While cre...
05/17/2019

A thowback to DP Megan Clark on production with the inspiring ladies of Freeland Spirits in Portland, Oregon.

While creating this film, we learned that Freeland partners with other women-owned local businesses across Oregon with the goal of building a more inclusive world. 💪🏽

If you haven't seen the finished film yet, you can watch it here: https://bluech.lk/FreelandSpirits

📷 by Whitney Bradshaw.

Our film “Minidoka,” directed by Megumi Nishikura, will screen at Asian American film festival CAAMFest in San Franc...
05/15/2019
MINIDOKA

Our film “Minidoka,” directed by Megumi Nishikura, will screen at Asian American film festival CAAMFest in San Francisco THIS Saturday at 4:40PM!

The short follows an Asian American activist as he traces back his family history of incarceration during World War II.

If you're in the Bay Area, you can grab tickets at the link below.

A young Seattle activist traces back his family history of incarceration during World War II and applies lessons learned to the politics of today.

If producer Gordon Klco ever decides to release a country music album we think this behind-the-scenes shot by producer M...
05/14/2019

If producer Gordon Klco ever decides to release a country music album we think this behind-the-scenes shot by producer Matt Slutsky would make the perfect cover image.

Flying to or from PDX? Make some time for a non-TSA related screening and catch our film, "How Seamus Gets a Fish," at t...
05/13/2019

Flying to or from PDX? Make some time for a non-TSA related screening and catch our film, "How Seamus Gets a Fish," at the airport's Hollywood Theatre!

05/12/2019
Stars in the Desert

Just your weekly reminder that our world is beautiful courtesy of Jamie Francis.

"People do not end up with the same answers because they do not begin with the same questions."This fascinating NiemanLa...
05/11/2019
Fact-checking can’t do much when people’s “dueling facts” are driven by values instead of knowledge

"People do not end up with the same answers because they do not begin with the same questions."

This fascinating NiemanLab article raises real questions about the value of fact-checking when people's "dueling facts" are driven by values instead of knowledge.

"Perhaps the most disappointing finding from our studies — at least from our point of view — is that there are no known fixes to this problem."

We have a feeling this going to be a BERRY good shot (sorry, couldn't help ourselves).Photo by Gordon Klco.
05/10/2019

We have a feeling this going to be a BERRY good shot (sorry, couldn't help ourselves).

Photo by Gordon Klco.

Introducing the Undefeated Production Champion of the World, Léo Hamelin!  📷 by Kylie Juggert.
05/09/2019

Introducing the Undefeated Production Champion of the World, Léo Hamelin!

📷 by Kylie Juggert.

Attention all female and non-binary documentary photographers! Applications for the Women Photograph 2019 grants close o...
05/08/2019
Women Photograph Grants 2019 — Women Photograph

Attention all female and non-binary documentary photographers! Applications for the Women Photograph 2019 grants close on May 15th. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to fund your project.

Announcing Women Photograph's 2019 grants!

We try not to keep Jamie Francis cooped up for too long... Photo by producer Matt Slutsky.
05/07/2019

We try not to keep Jamie Francis cooped up for too long...

Photo by producer Matt Slutsky.

We've officially added NBA players, Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo to ou...
05/06/2019
What It Takes - YouTube

We've officially added NBA players, Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Paul George and Giannis Antetokounmpo to our list of "Incredible People We've Worked With."

We recently collaborated with Must Be Something on an epic series for Nike Basketball which profiles each player and finds out "what it takes" to make them the best. You can watch all five episodes now on Nike's Youtube channel.

05/05/2019
Emma & Roscoe

How adorable is this drone footage of assistant producer Emma Decker and her dog, Roscoe, on location in the Alvord Desert?

Wishing we could have DP Jamie Francis around to document all of our favorite pet-related memories so beautifully.

Looking for new journalism opportunities? Check out this list of fellowships, scholarships and competitions with deadlin...
05/04/2019
8 worldwide journalism opportunities to apply to in May

Looking for new journalism opportunities? Check out this list of fellowships, scholarships and competitions with deadlines in May from IJNet!

Looking to expand your journalism toolkit, take on a new beat or receive recognition for your work? Check out these fellowships, scholarships and competitions with deadlines in May. Each opportunity is open to journalists worldwide. Contest for human rights, anti-corruption photography Deadline: May...

Chasing sunrises with producer Gordon Klco. Photo by producer Matt Slutsky.
05/03/2019

Chasing sunrises with producer Gordon Klco. Photo by producer Matt Slutsky.

DP Jamie Francis making new friends in Iowa! Thanks to producer Matt Slutsky for this one.
05/02/2019

DP Jamie Francis making new friends in Iowa!

Thanks to producer Matt Slutsky for this one.

Assistant producer Emma Decker keeps warm with doggo cuddles and a roaring fire while on location. Captured by Rob Finch...
05/01/2019

Assistant producer Emma Decker keeps warm with doggo cuddles and a roaring fire while on location. Captured by Rob Finch.

Great job setting up that slider, Roscoe! Who said only humans can be DPs?📷 by Jamie Francis.
04/30/2019

Great job setting up that slider, Roscoe! Who said only humans can be DPs?

📷 by Jamie Francis.

Find a job that makes you smile like this on a Monday and you'll never work a day in your life.   Photo of DP Jamie Fran...
04/29/2019

Find a job that makes you smile like this on a Monday and you'll never work a day in your life.

Photo of DP Jamie Francis and producer Matt Slutsky by Gordon Klco.

04/27/2019
CASTELLS

When our team recommends a doc to us, we know it's going to be good!

"Castells" tells the story of the Catalonian tradition of building human towers and it's an absolute must watch.

A film by Pedro and James Castells is a film that looks into the art of human towers in Catalonia. It explores the characters and the communities that are part…

We had the pleasure of working with Must Be Something and Nike Basketball to create a series of films profiling several ...
04/26/2019
Nike Basketball: What It Takes | Blue Chalk

We had the pleasure of working with Must Be Something and Nike Basketball to create a series of films profiling several NBA players as they prepare for the #NBAplayoffs.

Tonight, the Golden State Warriors take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Before the game, take 54 seconds to find out what it took for the mighty Kevin Durant to become the player he is today.

Blue Chalk worked with Must Be Something and Nike Basketball to produce a series of short films to be shared across the web. The films provide glimpses into what drives several NBA players, including Kevin Durant, Paul George, Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons, as they prepare...

TFW you get a moment to sit while using the Easyrig. Photo of DP Megan Clark by Rob Finch.
04/25/2019

TFW you get a moment to sit while using the Easyrig.

Photo of DP Megan Clark by Rob Finch.

When on production, always make sure to pack your Gordon Klco!  📷 by Jamie Francis
04/24/2019

When on production, always make sure to pack your Gordon Klco!

📷 by Jamie Francis

Producer Whitney Bradshaw captured looking like the star of a new eyeglasses campaign while on location in Oregon. Photo...
04/23/2019

Producer Whitney Bradshaw captured looking like the star of a new eyeglasses campaign while on location in Oregon. Photo by Rob Finch.

04/22/2019
Mount Washington

Happy #EarthDay from the beautiful Mount Washington.

Thanks to our DP Jamie Francis for capturing visuals that constantly remind us how spectacular our planet is—let's all do our best to protect it.

From the desert to the letterpress studio, where will DP Jamie Francis find himself next?  Photo by producer Kylie Jugge...
04/21/2019

From the desert to the letterpress studio, where will DP Jamie Francis find himself next?

Photo by producer Kylie Juggert.

Wow. A pretty incredible story from CJR about how one journalism student found out she won a Pulitzer while in class!
04/20/2019
Meet the journalism student who found out she won a Pulitzer in class

Wow. A pretty incredible story from CJR about how one journalism student found out she won a Pulitzer while in class!

On Monday afternoon, Mariel Padilla, a master’s student at Columbia Journalism School, sat around a table with classmates, listening to Professor Giannina Segnini lead a discussion about email encryption for reporting across borders. A couple floors below, journalism bigwigs and other members of t...

The clipboard is back which can only mean one thing—production time. 📋 🎥 Photo of creative director Rob Finch by...
04/19/2019

The clipboard is back which can only mean one thing—production time. 📋 🎥

Photo of creative director Rob Finch by production manager Sebastián Weinberg.

Team Alvord Desert featuring producer Gordon Klco, DP Jamie Francis and assistant producer Emma Decker.
04/18/2019

Team Alvord Desert featuring producer Gordon Klco, DP Jamie Francis and assistant producer Emma Decker.

In our new film for Travel Oregon, we meet the bad-ass women who run Oregon's Freeland Spirits distillery who are partne...
04/16/2019
Freeland Spirits | Blue Chalk

In our new film for Travel Oregon, we meet the bad-ass women who run Oregon's Freeland Spirits distillery who are partnering with other women-owned local businesses with the goal of building a more inclusive world. 💪

Blue Chalk worked with Travel Oregon to produce a short film that would highlight Freeland Spirits, a women-owned and run distillery in Portland, Oregon. Owner Jill Kuehler’s goal was to make Freeland Spirits a welcoming place where all people could enjoy its Oregon-made gin and bourbon....

We won a Climbing Rose Award at last week's Rosey Awards!Our film, "How Seamus Gets a Fish," created for the Oregon Beve...
04/15/2019

We won a Climbing Rose Award at last week's Rosey Awards!

Our film, "How Seamus Gets a Fish," created for the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, was honored in the non-profit category.

Here's our graphic designer, Miró Merrill, posing with the goods!

See the full list of winners here: https://bit.ly/2GnQAuI

"Honestly, I feel fortunate that I am in a country like Bangladesh as a journalist, because I don’t need to look for a...
04/14/2019
Despite Prison and Torture, Shahidul Alam Refuses to Stay Quiet

"Honestly, I feel fortunate that I am in a country like Bangladesh as a journalist, because I don’t need to look for a cause, I’m surrounded by them."

Photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam, who was imprisoned for violating a Bangladeshi law prohibiting criticism of the government on digital platforms, spoke at The New York Times' Portfolio Review ahead of his upcoming court case.

Ahead of his court case, the Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist discussed democratizing photography and government censorship at the New York Portfolio Review.

The Alvord Desert at night photographed by DP Jamie Francis while on location for Travel Oregon.
04/13/2019

The Alvord Desert at night photographed by DP Jamie Francis while on location for Travel Oregon.

Yesterday, we released our brand new (almost) Super Bowl ad for Acreage Holdings. Today, we're giving you a glimpse behi...
04/12/2019
Behind the Project with Producer Matthew Slutsky

Yesterday, we released our brand new (almost) Super Bowl ad for Acreage Holdings. Today, we're giving you a glimpse behind the project in this interview with the project's producer, and Blue Chalk's biz dev powerhouse, Matt Slutsky!

When Acreage Holdings, cannabis company with one of the most diverse portfolios in the United States, approached us to create the…

We're excited to share our new film, "The Time is Now," which was set to be our first Super Bowl ad before it was reject...
04/11/2019
The Time Is Now | Blue Chalk

We're excited to share our new film, "The Time is Now," which was set to be our first Super Bowl ad before it was rejected by CBS.

Created for Acreage Holdings, a marijuana and cannabis investment firm, the short spot highlights the stories of three people whose lives have been made better through the use of medical cannabis.

Although the ad never aired, millions of folks still seen it thanks to widespread media coverage and the power of the internet.

Watch it here and see what caused such a fuss!

Blue Chalk Media collaborated with creative agency Unkommon and Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company with one of the most diverse portfolios in the United States, to create the first-ever Super Bowl advertisement in support of medical cannabis.The short spot tells the story of th...

The documentary "The Reluctant Radical"—which Blue Chalk editor Greg Snider worked on—has over 500 PBS telecasts sch...
04/10/2019
reluctant-radical | PBS

The documentary "The Reluctant Radical"—which Blue Chalk editor Greg Snider worked on—has over 500 PBS telecasts scheduled in April!

The film follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

Find out when it's airing where you are!

Job perk 1: Visiting stunning locations like Oregon's Alvord Desert. Job perk 2: Bringing our four-legged pals along.  P...
04/09/2019

Job perk 1: Visiting stunning locations like Oregon's Alvord Desert.
Job perk 2: Bringing our four-legged pals along.

Photo of producer Emma Decker and Roscoe by Jamie Francis.

Director of photography double vision with Megan Clark and Chris Janjic. Photo by the wonderful Dana Romanoff.
04/08/2019

Director of photography double vision with Megan Clark and Chris Janjic.

Photo by the wonderful Dana Romanoff.

ICYMI, two of our projects have been named as nominees in The Webby Awards! "The India 100," created with The Foundry, i...
04/07/2019
The Webby Awards People's Voice needs YOU

ICYMI, two of our projects have been named as nominees in The Webby Awards!

"The India 100," created with The Foundry, is nominated in the "Travel & Leisure" category, while "Fix Me A Plate," created with Food Network, is nominated in the "Food& Drink" category.

Put a smile on our faces by giving both films your vote!

Vote for "The India 100" here: https://bit.ly/2I2Cwbg
Vote for "Fix Me A Plate" here: https://bit.ly/2COG0KY

I just voted in The Webby Awards People’s Voice Awards. You should too.

We spy with our little eye, a lone DP on the horizon.   Jamie Francis captured by producer Leo Hamelin.
04/06/2019

We spy with our little eye, a lone DP on the horizon.

Jamie Francis captured by producer Leo Hamelin.

"They began to push successfully for publication of images that were different, for the truths they saw in people and ev...
04/05/2019
The First Female Photographers Brought a New Vision to The New York Times

"They began to push successfully for publication of images that were different, for the truths they saw in people and events, for assignments that had once been denied them and for assignments that had not been envisioned before."

Get to know the very first female photographers to work for The New York Times.

The generation of talent brought in from 1973 to 1992 changed the paper’s look.

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