How did you get into the football industry?
I have been working in the Film and Television industry for over 15 years now. With 11 of those years spent exclusively operating Steadicam. My interest was sparked at a young age, following in the footsteps of a relative who made it big in the VFX industry on movies like 2012, Furious 7, and X-Men Apocalypse.
I started as a Video Editor where I learned how to manipulate average content and make it look amazing. My intent was to work on Feature Films, but something kept me wanting more.
I sought a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University, the best Broadcasting school in my home State of Michigan and was introduced to Steadicam through internships at a local Production Company who still shot 35mm Film.
I realized immediately that this was a device which would allow me to make compelling content primarily through the lens instead of relying on Post Production.
I paid my way out to LA in 2008 to take a workshop with the professionals at Tiffen Steadicam, and I was hooked.
Off of a $10k loan from my late grandfather, I purchased an entry level set of equipment. At the time, Butch Jones was the Coach of the Chippewas Football Team with the likes of Antonio Brown (Raiders), Joe Staley (49ers), Frank Zombo and Eric Fischer (Chiefs) and many more now successful NFL players on the roster.
Recruiting was big and I had been producing hype videos for him outside of normal classes. I was already traveling with the team and shooting Handheld, so I auditioned the Steadicam during Spring Practice and Butch bought it. My first paid Steadicam gigs were in College Football in 2008, long before any Network was using Steadicam at the Collegiate level.