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March 19, 2014

Best seat in the house

Camera operators see action up close

DANVILLE — Sometimes, the best seat at a basketball game is behind a video camera.

That’s what volunteers are learning this week at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Basketball Tournament at Danville Area Community College.

DACC students and community volunteers are stationed at four video cameras in the gym for each game. Each game is recorded onto a DVD and given to the coaches; extra DVDs are for sale to the public.

Also, the day games are aired live on Comcast Channel 5 in Danville and online.

If you’re a basketball fan, being behind the camera — zooming in on the action and catching all the little details — is a fun job.

“I like it,” Najee Cunningham said with a big smile Tuesday as she followed the action with the camera. “I’ve always liked video and stuff, so this is an experience.”

Cunningham, a freshman, is a student in Journalism 110 (TV production) at DACC, taught by director of instructional media, Jon Spors.

Eric Hardimon, also a student in Spors’ class, was getting ready for his first time on the camera Tuesday, saying, “I love recording.” He’s done some recording on his own, and was looking forward to getting more experience.

For Michael Spors, manning a camera gives him a chance to watch the game up-close.

“I enjoy watching sports and I like the competition,” he said. “I also like the technical hands-on aspect of audiovisual work.”

Spors, a freshman, is majoring in biology at Indiana State University, and is home on spring break. This isn’t his first NJCAA gig. Spors has been helping his father, Jon, film the games since he was a child. Even at age 11, he was wearing headphones and standing behind a camera on a tripod taller than he was.

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