This story is brought to you John’s first camcorder, the Canon ZR90 MiniDV, the camcorder that eventually became his travel partner and guide for storytelling, in all of its standard definition glory. In the summer of 2005, John brought his parent’s camcorder to marching band camp, where he documented the long, scorching days of practicing music and rehearsing step choreography. He and his friends interviewed fellow bandmates about their trials and tribulations at camp, and even the band directors about their favorite Metallica songs, all while capturing the memories of having fun in the summer vacation sun.
After shooting all day, he would take the footage home, capture it on the Pinnacle editing software that his mom bought him, and got to editing and cutting the footage down. There is where he learned the thrill of creating something out of nothing, while also throwing on some sick star wipe transitions and 30fps slow-motion. After making his masterpiece, he invited all of his friends over to watch. They laughed, they cried, and they absolutely loved it. His camp directors even let him play it at the annual band banquet in front of everyone, including the parents. John knew he was on to something big…
It wasn’t long before he found himself as the daily video editor for the student-run news channel in high school. The young journalists would shoot their news packages and he would turn them into a show for the next day. For some, the thrill of a little on-camera excitement kept them engaged in the news channel. For John, it was behind the lights and camera where he found the real action. There was a joy in seeing the raw video come in as a haphazard collection of clips to get refined into a smooth final product. It was awesome. And John wanted more.
Skipping ahead past the boring stuff and to after getting a degree from Kent State University, he got a part-time job as a PA at Fox Sports Ohio, where he learned the structure and discipline of being behind the scenes in the sports production business. After just under two years there, he moved on to his current place of work at WTWH Media, where he manages their video department.
He currently lives in the Greater Cleveland area with his girlfriend and three cats. When he’s not attending a show, binging the latest amazing Netflix series, gaming into the night, or finding something to do in Cleveland (whichever Metropark or brewery we feel like going to that day), he is creating videos out of everyday moments, like hiking, vacationing, or just the everyday pleasures of life. And he’s always looking for the next thing to shoot.