Due to having followers and subscribers from various locations and backgrounds, those who do and don't know me personally, and since there's many I haven't caught up with in awhile, I figured it's time to write an about me post.
Those who I grew up with know me as a basketball player, my peers at Lasell College saw me as a sports commentator, and the colleagues I work with at Southern Illinois University consider me a video guy.
So what am I now?
I like to call myself a content creator.
Currently, I'm a video services graduate assistant for Saluki Athletics at Southern Illinois University. This position includes:
Write, shoot, interview, and edit long and short form features highlighting past games, student-athletes, coaches, teams and others from the past 100 years of Saluki Athletics
Assist with the setup, tear down, and production of various Saluki Athletic home games for The Valley on ESPN3. These games include but not limited to Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, and Softball
Coordinate with other media outlets to retrieve past game film and archive each game for later use
It's crazy to think a kid from a small town who loved basketball eventually ended up with a camera working for Division I athletics; additionally falling in love with traveling throughout the process.
You may be wondering how I got to be where I am today (I ask myself that sometimes). Whether you believe in destiny, or everything happens for a reason, things mysteriously link to each other.
Growing up, all my interests revolved around basketball. But what does basketball have to do with video? Given I was from a small town and did not receive much exposure, my parents filmed each of my games on whatever device they could. I would then drag the footage into iMovie and piece together my own highlight tapes to send to colleges... the start of learning video editing.
After graduating high school, I attended Lasell College where I studied sports communication and radio/video production. Although I didn't have the privilege to play college ball, I was fortunate to become a sports commentator and call on-campus athletic events; when one door closes, another one opens. One thing I knew for certain, if I wasn't playing sports, I definitely had to be working around it.
The summer of 2017, I became a production intern at NewTV, a nonprofit media center in Massachusetts. Throughout this internship I helped with in studio and local shoots, produced a sports show called Court Talk, and my first ever documentary, Let's Talk Tough: The Mental Health of Athletes. This internship helped me achieve successes such as receiving National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: The Emmy (NATAS) Honorable Mention for my documentary, and earning Intern of the Year.
The following September, I was hired as a Video Production Assistant for Harvard University, covering Crimson Athletics on NESN, ESPN, and Ivy League All Access. I became exposed to what it's like to be a part of Division I athletics and all the collaboration it involves to successfully run a sporting event at that level. I graduated a semester early from Lasell in December of 2017, but knew I had to continue the gig at Harvard; I wanted to learn more. From December to the end of April, I commuted from home in New York to Allston, MA almost every weekend in order to grow as a video production assistant. It paid off.
Fast forward to August, I'm offered the GA position at SIU and moved to Illinois two weeks later.
Throughout all these academic and athletic ventures, traveling has become just as much of a passion of mine. I traveled outside the country for the first time at 19 to Grand Cayman. Since then, I studied in Australia for four months and visited Fiji, New Zealand, and Costa Rica.
I bought my first camera in 2017 and have been attached ever since. It's my most valuable possession. The more I think about it, the more I realize how attached I've been to taking photos and videos. Whether it was an iPhone, my dad's camera, camcorder, a disposable camera, whatever the device may be, I always found an interest in capturing the moment.
I've decided to further pursue this passion for content creation by dedicating this summer to videography and photography full time. If you're located in and around the Hudson Valley, in need of videos and/or photos for your business, events, sports, personal use, etc. please contact me by visiting gcamillone.com. Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see samples of my work, creative projects, blog posts, and more.
Let's have a great summer!