Kelly McCommons, a senior Digital Cinema Major, is working as the Professional Bull Rider’s Arena Video Director for the 2016 season. The position is heavily travel based with travel obligations for 30+ weekends in Locations ranging from Dallas, Anaheim, Billings, and Madison Square Garden in New York City. On Thursday evenings, he flies out of Marquette and normally travels back on Mondays. Kelly is working under another Alumni of the School of Art and Design, David Poirier who received his degree in Photography.
Kelly’s Description of the Video Director Position:
A typical day begins with a production meeting with the PBR staff. We go over the show elements for that weekend communicate what to expect at each venue and city, as they are all unique. Several hours before the show, we check to make sure all elements of the show are in order before doors open to spectators.
We shoot video clips for each city, and develop those to give a unique feel to each market we serve. We make sure all advertisements, show elements, video elements, time-lapse videos are edited, pre-show rolls, intercom systems, switcher boards, etc. are in their proper working order before they begin a show.
Our show is shown on the Jumbotron in each arena & live streamed on PBR live. PBR travels with our own Video screens that are set up beforehand. I work inside the TV Truck with the crew from CBS Sports, to which whom broadcast the PBR “Built Ford Tough Series” almost every weekend on the networks of CBS.
A typical show lasts about 3 hours. After each show I take the record decks from hard drives and edit highlights from each to be shown on PBR’s social media pages like Facebook and YouTube, as well as being sent to sporting news agencies like ESPN Sportscenter, CBS Sports Network, etc.
At the end of a long weekend, I wake up on Monday morning, head to the airport, and try to fall asleep on the airplane for a couple of hours while I attempt to get ahead on school work/projects that are forthcoming for the 2.5 days that I am home during the layovers.