This disc golf media interview series continues this week featuring Joe Hite of Hellfish.tv. An accomplished video producer well before joining the disc golf world, he has been recently working with the SmashboxxTV crew. That is how I caught mention of his work and managed to get a glimpse or two of him during their great live coverage in 2015.
Joining a growing list of those willing to take some time to answer questions, Joe graces our eyes with his written word today. Enjoy!!
You’ve been mentioned often on the SmashboxxTV podcast as a valuable member of their team for certain events. How did you get started in filming disc golf and was it something you just picked up or have you had formal education for it?
I have been doing production work for a living since 2008. I started playing Disc Golf in 2013 and had no idea how massive the DG scene was in Oregon. There’s a seasonal course in my home town of Bend Oregon that plays down Mt Bachelor… I absolutely fell in love with it and thought it would be cool to make a video out of the last day of the season. It was a tournament called: Get Lifted
After that I met Zoe Andyke, she introduced me to the scene and that’s when I started working for Huk Lab.
The Year I worked for Huk Lab happened to be the year Worlds was in Oregon, so I was sent to film that and met a lot of people in the process.
I then got to know Terry Miller at Nate and Val’s wedding and he expressed interest in having me help them with some live coverage and other things. I worked with them all year and it opened opportunities to work with other companies also. At the USDGC I was hired as the post production supervisor for SpinTV and still did the live broadcasts as well. Some Long days 🙂
Now this year I’ve been hired as the Producer for the Disc Golf Pro Tour and I’ll still be doing both live and recorded broadcasts with Smashboxx.
Looking at your website, you offer video services for sporting events and competitions, on top of as many other things worth filming. What are some of the challenges to filming disc golf that make it a unique sport to film when compared to some of the more popular sports in the US?
Football, Baseball, MMA, Motocross and Skateboarding all have the same thing in common… You know where you can set up to get the shot. Disc Golf is challenging because you don’t know if someone is going to throw it straight and low or hyzer bomb over the trees, then if they don’t make it you both are in the bushes not where you planned to be just winging it. Now that I’m in the bushes under a bunch of trees… Hows my live signal. Not something other sports have to worry about 🙂
I’ve heard a lot of grumbling online about “Why don’t they use a satellite truck? They’d have better signals and provide better coverage” during any of the live disc golf coverage in 2015. What is your take on the satellite truck debate?
We have difficulty getting our already low rates for cell signal coverage. We would need a lot more people watching and advertisers paying for commercials before we’re even close to that.
What event(s) would you return to film every year even if you had no sponsor help and weren’t getting paid to cover and why?
None to be honest. I don’t have a Youtube and I’m not doing this for fun. I do it for a living. As much as I enjoy filming some of these events, if I wasn’t hired to shoot it I would have tried to fill that week with a different job.
Watching some of the coverage you’ve done with Smashboxx, I’ve seen that wheel contraption you use while filming. What does that device do to help your film quality? Are there other devices that do a similar function that can be attached to your body to help carry them? If so, what made you choose the wheel device over others?
It’s called a Fig Rig and it’s been with me for many years. It’s just the most dynamic piece of equipment I’ve ever used. I don’t believe in shooting on a monopod because you are limited to one height of shot and when pivoting on that small of a axis it’s hard to make it look good. With my rig I’m the pivot point. I can do low shots, overheads, walking shots and smooth long pans. It’s not perfect but like any tool I’ve spent enough time with it to make it extremely effective.
As Joe said, he doesn’t have a Youtube channel for his work. Make sure to enjoy the Disc Golf Pro Tour videos and SmashboxxTV coverage as well. If you live in the Bend, OR area and need some video production work, stop by the Hellfish.tv website and contact Joe for all of you video production needs.