Updated Interview Questions

After interviewing Jetpack Jones the first time, we had realized, we needed questions with more opportunities to tell stories.  These are the set of interview questions that we used for the interviews of Jetpack Jones, Justinthe50s and Wiggy Torres, all artist's residing in the Bay Area.


x What makes The Bay (Oakland) dope?

x Tell a story of when you first felt a connection to The Bay.

x Explain Oakland (The Bay) to me as if I've never been there before.

x Finish the sentence… WARNING: Don't go to Oakland if…

x What advice would you give to the youth of Oakland?

x Is there a favorite memory of being in the The Bay (Oakland)

Core Concept

The Core Concept: Through exploring the underground art scene and speaking to Oakland's artist's, we will show the beauty that is hideen, in what is believed to be a dangerous place.


*The Narrative Spine: The spine of our story is the people’s struggles and backgrounds that they come from. Maybe the music can help carry the stories together, such as a spine.


*Main Characters: Between stories from Jetpack and Tone or words from the team we want multiple voices to speak for the cause of what makes Oakland awesome.


*Conflict: The own personal troubles of the people we are talking to will demonstrate the conflicts that are involved with the topic. The environment and the matter of safety in Oakland can show the problems that people through living in Oakland.


*Change to Unfold: With the conflicts in mind, artists are able to take those troubles and rise above them with their art. Expressing art is what people use to escape their problems and negative surroundings.


*Inciting Incident: As the story progresses our interviewers and the film itself will show more of the dangerous side and the sad truth of Oakland but in the end people will see past it and know that Oakland possess amazing art.


*Troubles foreseen: The hard part we can see being trouble is balancing negative and positive incidents that happen in Oakland. Not showing too much of the bad so it doesn't seem like a film about the bad side of Oakland.



Interview with Jetpack Jones

I had the oppurtonity to interview a cool man named Jetpack Jones. He is a multi-talented artist, originally from southern California but generally prefers the Bay Area. I asked him to come to my house to do a short interview about his perception on of Oaklands Underground art scene. He was very open to the idea, especially because I wasn’t looking to interview him for something negative and he enjoys talking about deep subject matter. Below are some questions that I plan to formulate my interview around:


  1. What is your name and what is your way of expressing yourself?

  2. Where are you from and Where do you currently reside?

  3. How long have you lived in the Bay Area and what do you think it is that keeps you here or makes you come back?

  4. How easy do you think it is to network as an artist in the bay area & do you think that particularly influences what you create?

  5. The art scene is flourishing in Oakland, why do you think it is so easy to do those things in Oakland?

  6. Why do you create? Is it for yourself, for others, for money?                         


After I had interviewed Jetpack, I had realized that what I am trying to discuss, isn't something that is easily translated to words. It something that you don’t really think to fabricate and more so something that is felt. We had agreed that Oakland is a place that seems otherworldly and timeless. It is an opened armed community always looking forward to it’s next art collaboration.                        

Words for Oakland

Too often, the East Bay been hidden in the shadows of` San Francisco. Oakland, full of great talent, coming in all shapes and sizes, is a place surely like no other. To get a better idea of the creative spirit that Oakland obtains, I have talked to different artists with specific interests to further dive deeper into the ocean of culture. The “Oakland Artists”, ones who have been raised and heavily influenced by their environment have graced with the access to this realm. But what about the people who've traveled the distance to be in this Mecca of Art and Soul? Some say there's something in water but it's simply just the people it attracts


Bottoms Up Garden- OakHella


After recently moving to West Oakland and I have noticed a huge community garden population. Almost every block in the West has an empty lot and it's a great thing to see them being used as a space for the neighborhood to get together. A lot of the gardens are ran by locals and all veggies and fruits are given mostly back to the community. 


Bottoms Up Community Garden is one of the gardens that seems to be always full of people. I have walked by multiple times and noticed that everyone is always smiling with a cup of coffee in their hand. 


Recently they have been doing a day party event called OakHella, a cleverly name sounding like  Cochella  but it was a more of a down to earth version you could say. With a mic and a small intimate stage, the combination of the music and nature really demonstrated the beauty that can be created so effortlessly. On top of the music there were large wood canvases hung for artists to paint freely.