1. Hi all, 

    Here is Blue Chalk’s most recent piece for The Weather Channel. The piece focuses on The Marshall family, who run a small farm in Montana called Crazy Woman Farm. 

    It was a lovely few days spent with them in March. The best part of all production is the people you meet that you would otherwise not. Thanks to Jim and Barb for your hospitality!

    By Rob Finch on Apr 17, 2014 / Permalink / ♥2
  2. Today, the film One Last Hug will premiere on HBO. 

    “More than 1.5 million children in America are grieving the premature loss of a parent. One Last Hug follows three heartbreaking but ultimately empowering days at Camp Erin, a bereavement camp that offers children who lost loved ones the support they need to deal with their grief.” - HBO

    I was lucky enough to be part of the team of people shooting it for 3 days in Southern California. 

    It was an incredibly tough shoot. To watch these kids delve into the memories of lost parents and siblings was heartbreaking. Yet it was also incredibly inspiring. The volunteers helped to bring the grief out. They helped the children acknowledge and process it. They made sure the children could be children. The kids climbed, swam and danced. 

    This is important work and I was privileged to witness it. 

    Thanks to Irene Taylor Brodsky and Greg DeHart for including me on the crew. 

    Here’s an interview with Irene and Greg that’s worth your time.

    By Rob Finch on Apr 14, 2014 / Permalink / ♥2
  3. Blue Chalk worked with The Weather Channel to produce a series of short films to be shared across the web and adapted for television. The films tell the stories of real people for whom having an accurate weather forecast is essential. The first film of the series, created for Valentine’s Day, follows the journey of a bouquet of roses from the hills outside of Bogota, Colombia to a farmhouse in Malta, Ohio.

    By Rob Finch on Feb 12, 2014 / Permalink / ♥1
  4. Blue Chalk Media  published this short piece about National Geographic photographer Randy Olson and his seriously stunning photography today.

    What’s important in a photograph to me, is to be able to look into it and see what the person in the photograph is thinking and feeling.” - Randy Olson

    Thanks for checking it out. 

    By Rob Finch on Jan 8, 2014 / Permalink / ♥2
  5. By Rob Finch on Dec 29, 2013 / Permalink
  6. First Sight: Sonia & Anita Trailer

    I’d like to share a short trailer for a longer piece that we’re producing at Blue Chalk. It’s a story about two blind children in India who are essentially given sight by undergoing a 15-minute cataract surgery. It’s the first installment of the story for WonderWork. Although we’d like to publicly share the longer version, it must remain behind a password for the time being. But, please email me if you’d like to see it and I will get you the password. 

    This piece was co-directed by Robo Wilson and Brent Stirton. Brent also made some very nice still images. You can see them on the First Sight project page

    Thanks for watching, 

    Rob

    By Rob Finch on Nov 21, 2013 / Permalink / ♥3
  7. Six months ago I leapt from the last vestiges of any relative security The Oregonian provided and signed on with a start-up production company based in Brooklyn. Today we launch our website: bluechalk.com.
It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. It was one of those moments in life when you feel like the stars have aligned and opened a door designed just for you and if you don’t walk through it you’ll always regret it. 
Blue Chalk was founded by Greg Moyer, a veteran of numerous leadership positions in the cable television industry. As maybe the most notable one, he was the president of Discovery at the time when it was part of redefining the medium. Throughout his career he’s always passionately cared about nonfiction storytelling, powerful visuals and the communications industry as a whole. 
He teamed up with Pam Huling, a friend of mine who I met when I was a professional-in-residence at MediaStorm. Together they formed Blue Chalk as a company that would not only embrace high-quality visual storytelling, but also one that could help explore new business models for a gasping industry. As we took our first steps, we watched the Chicago Sun-Times lay off its entire photo department. That was just one awful example of what seems like the continuous drumbeat of sad moments in the career path I’ve devoted myself to. 
Our mission is to try to find a model that is sustainable not only for our company, but that can be adapted and expanded. Visual storytelling cannot be solely an avocation. Frankly put, it must make money. It must sustain people trying to raise families, pay mortgages, plan for retirement. 
We don’t claim to have all the answers. Like so many of you, we are exploring a variety of models. But at our core, we know there’s value to a good story, told well. With the launch of the website we are taking our first step in that exploration. At Blue Chalk, we embrace every single one of you out there doing the work, publishing the work, believing in the work. We look forward to collaborating with you. We hope that you will join us on this journey. 
Thanks everyone,
Rob 
(photo above from the Blue Chalk launch party  11.19.13)

    Six months ago I leapt from the last vestiges of any relative security The Oregonian provided and signed on with a start-up production company based in Brooklyn. Today we launch our website: bluechalk.com.

    It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. It was one of those moments in life when you feel like the stars have aligned and opened a door designed just for you and if you don’t walk through it you’ll always regret it. 

    Blue Chalk was founded by Greg Moyer, a veteran of numerous leadership positions in the cable television industry. As maybe the most notable one, he was the president of Discovery at the time when it was part of redefining the medium. Throughout his career he’s always passionately cared about nonfiction storytelling, powerful visuals and the communications industry as a whole. 

    He teamed up with Pam Huling, a friend of mine who I met when I was a professional-in-residence at MediaStorm. Together they formed Blue Chalk as a company that would not only embrace high-quality visual storytelling, but also one that could help explore new business models for a gasping industry. As we took our first steps, we watched the Chicago Sun-Times lay off its entire photo department. That was just one awful example of what seems like the continuous drumbeat of sad moments in the career path I’ve devoted myself to. 

    Our mission is to try to find a model that is sustainable not only for our company, but that can be adapted and expanded. Visual storytelling cannot be solely an avocation. Frankly put, it must make money. It must sustain people trying to raise families, pay mortgages, plan for retirement. 

    We don’t claim to have all the answers. Like so many of you, we are exploring a variety of models. But at our core, we know there’s value to a good story, told well. With the launch of the website we are taking our first step in that exploration. At Blue Chalk, we embrace every single one of you out there doing the work, publishing the work, believing in the work. We look forward to collaborating with you. We hope that you will join us on this journey. 

    Thanks everyone,

    Rob 

    (photo above from the Blue Chalk launch party  11.19.13)

    By Rob Finch on Nov 20, 2013 / Permalink / ♥1
  8. Hey everyone. Just wanted to share a very quick (15 seconds!) video with you. It’s a little preview of some of the pieces that will appear on the Blue Chalk website next week. We’ve been working away in silence for a few months. It takes a lot to launch a business, whew. But we are excited to hit “publish” on the website soon and take the next step of our company’s journey. 

    In the meantime, hope you enjoy this.

    By Rob Finch on Nov 13, 2013 / Permalink / ♥2
  9. By Rob Finch on Aug 30, 2013 / Permalink / ♥1
  10. This is a photo from the Hungry Ghost festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am back home now after almost a month on the road. I was shooting mostly moving pictures, but tried to shoot a few stills during the down time. 

    This is a photo from the Hungry Ghost festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am back home now after almost a month on the road. I was shooting mostly moving pictures, but tried to shoot a few stills during the down time. 

    By Rob Finch on Aug 30, 2013 / Permalink / ♥5