New video to promote ‘Gateway Eco-District’

Meet some of the people who will star in a soon-to-be-released production – and, who’s behind the camera …

All of them appearing in a student-created film – Naomi Cole, Districts Program Director with Portland Sustainability Institute, Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Amelia Salvador of Trinity Events Production, and Joe Rossi of Parkrose Community Foundation are awaiting their turn on camera at this “shoot” in Knott Park.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
In an effort to promote the “Gateway Eco-District”, student videographers from two different school districts are working together to produce a program.

We caught up with them at a “shoot” at Knott Park on March 10 – which was taking place, even though it was raining.

Audio boom operator Sage Krening, unit still photographer Ryan Ruselli, videographer Casey Cody, plus Colleen and Kearna McDaniel, make up the Parkrose High crew at this “shoot”.

This is a collaborative process between David Douglas and Parkrose School District students,” explained coordinator Colleen Gifford. “They are filming for the Gateway Eco-district, creating a four-minute video that highlights the rich diversity of people who live and work in this area.”

The young crew members staffed the camera, sound, lighting, and other positions which are key to a professional-looking production.

“When it’s complete,” Gifford continued, “We’ll give it to the Portland Development Commission to help better develop and market the Gateway and Parkrose areas.”

This day’s shoot focused primarily on residents, Gifford added. “We’ll also be going out to businesses within Gateway and Parkrose, and interviewing the owners. We will also document how well these areas are connected to transportation.”

David Douglas High students Hanston Nguyen and Vic Liang are capturing scenes for the new video.

Finally, the crews will also highlight recreational and scenic areas – from Rocky Butte, to the budding Gateway Green project, as well as parks.

To learn more about Gateway Eco-District, see their website: CLICK HERE to open their homepage.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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