Mutton Bustin’, NBA Playoffs and Horses
What’s Jim been up to lately?
It’s been a busy 3 months since Super Bowl XLV. In that time, I have been shooting reality television, ballroom dancing, horseback riding, and working at the NBA Playoffs.
In late February, Professional Bull Riding came to Arlington and I was asked to take part in shooting a reality show pilot, based on the sport of Mutton Bustin’, which features 6-year old kids riding sheep in a similar fashion to bull riding. During the event, I had to set up an 18ft Triangle jib, run POV cameras in the staging pen, and shoot interviews and b-roll of the wool riders. Below are some pictures from that event.
Next up, I got to use the Kessler Crane for a large-scale wedding at the Dallas Hyatt Regency. The event was a Persian-style wedding with nearly 1000 guests, many of whom crowded the dance floor for hours of traditional dances.
As Spring turns into Summer, that means that NBA playoffs are in full swing. The Dallas Mavericks played the Portland Trailblazers in the first round and I got a court-side seat working for TNT in the audio department. Before the game, I helped set up the audio equipment in the locker rooms, press room, and the broadcast table on the court.
In early May, I traveled to Weatherford, Texas to shoot a horse trials event. On the first day of the event, I shot riders and their horses competing in an event called, “Dressage”, where the rider demonstrates their ability to command their horse. On the second day, I worked with several other camera operators to shoot a mile-long cross country event.