Glenwood Springs videographer Jordan Tribble earns spot on prep senior bowl crew Jan. 8 in Texas
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A regular fixture on the sidelines during the Glenwood Springs High School football team’s state championship and playoff runs the past three years is headed to what might be considered the Super Bowl of prep football contests.
Jordan Tribble, a 17-year-old senior at GSHS, was selected as one of five members nationally to be part of the first ever All-American Video Crew at the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be held Jan. 8 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The game features the top high school senior football players in the country in an east-west match-up.
Tribble will be flown to San Antonio for a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip in which he will assist in video production for a variety of game week activities.
He will also be receiving some valuable training using the latest in video equipment technology from NewTek Corp., one of the sponsors of the contest. NewTek is a worldwide leader in video and 3D animation products, whose equipment is currently in use by MTV, the NBA Development League and the New York Giants football team.
“This is a great opportunity to move forward with my training and career interests,” Tribble told the Post Independent. “It’s always good to learn from the best, and these people are the top in the field.”
Tribble has already learned from one the best locally – his dad, Christopher Tribble, owner of Versatile Productions and founder of the True Media Foundation youth mentoring program in Carbondale.
“I’ve held a camera up ever since I could lift it, probably since I was about 10,” Jordan Tribble said.
He and his younger brother, Austin, are active with True Media, including its primary production arm, Be Heard TV, an online program by youth and about youth.
True Media Foundation’s mission is “to train youth to produce media with social value. Through our mentorship program, our goal is to create a shift away from mindless and violent media by encouraging young media-makers to express themselves in positive ways.”
In addition to his involvement with the weekly Be Heard programs, Tribble has also been part of the video crew for GSHS football for the past three years, including the 2008 run to the Class 3A state title.
Before that, he regularly video-recorded Three Rivers league pee-wee football games. So, he’s no stranger to what it takes to capture the action on the gridiron.
“Using the new equipment will be the hardest part,” he said.
But it’s what he’ll need to know as he’s hoping to attend the Brooks Institute in California after graduating from high school next year to continue his studies in videography and film.
“This will be a nice addition to my resume,” Tribble said of the chance to be on the All-American Game crew, where he’ll be working with the NewTek TriCaster portable live production system.
“I like being behind the camera and capturing things that other people don’t see,” he said of his passion for videography. “The biggest thing I like is just going out and meeting new people, and learning about real-world situations.”
Tribble said he also admires his father’s mentoring abilities, and his work to raise money for nonprofit organizations through True Media.
As for his own aspirations, he said he wouldn’t mind filming big-time college or professional football in the future.
“Hopefully this will be a good jump-start for my career, maybe with a network someday, or maybe being a cameraman for movies,” Tribble said.
Tribble’s winning video entry for the All-American Bowl/NewTek contest can be found on YouTube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26YTyoAHc4E
“Our judging panel was blown away with the level of creativity contained in the video submissions,” Kate McGuinness, a partner with All American Games, said in a press release announcing the award winners. “We selected the winning students based on their overall content and what we feel they can bring to the table as part of a video team.”
Other winners in the contest, including links to their winning video entries, are:
• A.J. Strauss, Sutter Union High School, Sutter, Calif.
• Callan Johns, Satellite Center, Luling, La.
• Clint Saylor, Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFSE72SiLwY
• Tyler Smith, Dallastown Area High School, Dallastown, Penn.
“The All-American Video Crew represents our future television and live streaming producers, just as the players and band members at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl are the future all-stars of their fields,” said Philip Nelson, senior vice president of strategic development for NewTek. “These students were chosen because they demonstrated a true talent and passion for video production. The All-American Bowl has launched careers for the best of the best, and these five students have certainly earned this honor.”
The All-American Bowl will be broadcast Jan. 8 on NBC TV, and online at http://www.allamericangames.tv.
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