Brian Thorne is a man who wears many different hats. He’s been a freelance camera operator for the Golf Channel for the past 8 years. He also does freelance production for ESPN and NFL Films. We will hear from someone who has filmed 10 Super Bowls, 2 World Series, The Olympics in Rio; and for golf, 7 Masters, 8 PGA Tournaments, 8 US Opens, and many more!
Brian teaches at the graduate level at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He runs his own company called Veritas Productions, which is a full-service video production company. And in his spare time, he does things like coach his son’s football team, and win Emmy Awards.
Listen in and discover Brian’s passion and insights on what it takes to break into the video production side of professional sports broadcasting.
Why Kelly Tilghman really left the Golf Channel
Where Brian’s passion for video production began
How Brian moved up the industry ranks, and paid his dues
Starting Veritas Production right out of school
Learning on the ground, high-level professional camera work
Production crew at tournaments; freelancers versus staff positions
Spending time with pro golfers and personalities, and other perks
Physical demands of hauling cameras
Behind the scenes at the Ryder Cup; what happened
Which golf majors Brian most enjoys covering
Golf fans in the UK versus the US
The risk of being injured on the sidelines
The joy of teaching at the collegiate level
Sources of personal motivation
On finding his career: “I realized I was creative, I just needed a tool. I didn’t have natural talent.”
On filming at sporting events: “I have been run into, but never hurt.”
On teaching: “You get really fired up when you see your students on TV at a major sporting event.”
On the future of his business: “There are a lot of people talking about sports, and that’s what’s great.”