Bits 'n' Pieces: Football 'video girl' relishes All-American opportunity

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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The football players called her “video girl,” but maybe they should refer to Daniell Beyrooty as “video star.”

The Columbia River High School senior was one of four high school video students across the country picked to cover the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, the first week of January.

Daniell entered the contest, which was sponsored by All-American Games and NewTek, manufacturer of video and 3-D animation products.

“I made a football pump-up video for our school,” she said of her entry. “There were about 1,000 to 2,000 videos submitted and only four were selected.”

So, she became a member of the four-student All-American Video Crew.

“I was the only girl. I definitely showed them up,” she said, laughing. Two boys were from Texas and one from Utah.

“I’ve been working on (video) editing since the sixth grade. I’ve been working on broadcast-style video since my freshman year,” said Beyrooty, who works in Sony Vegas 7.0.

The week included shooting two games.

The Army Bowl featured the best high school football players from around America.

The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl featured America’s best eighth-grade football players. “Snoop Dogg’s son was one of them,” she said.

So what happened?

“I followed some guys from NBC Sports around during the game and got some live experience. I put together a few little packages that were shown (on NBC Sports) during the game,” she said.

“I went and got some of those interviews and some of those shots are mine. It was pretty awesome.”

The all-expenses-paid trip landed her at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio. “It was so cool because all the football players were staying there.”

The trip also included a 10-hour training day on the NewTek TriCaster portable live production and 3Play instant replay systems. “Staring at three computer monitors for that long kind of killed me,” she said.

She said she learned a ton by hanging with well-known sports cinematographer Frank Lazar.

And Lazar, who won an Emmy for work he did during 17 years with NFL Films, said he enjoyed mentoring Beyrooty in San Antonio.

“She’s a great listener and she understands what it takes to work as a team player,” said Lazar, owner of Razalcom Films in New Jersey. “I think she’ll go far in this business. She definitely stood out. She wasn’t afraid to ask questions.”

Beyrooty has praise for her teacher at Columbia River, Janine Blackwell: “She is the one who taught me everything about live TV and she’s a really good teacher. She’s really patient.”

Blackwell, who also went to the weeklong San Antonio experience, has taught film and video at River for 15 years. She calls Beyrooty “an awesome student. She is eager to learn and always willing to jump in and get the job done. Clearly, video is a passion. She’s just got this natural joy and talent.”

Beyrooty’s plans now call for Clark College next year and later the University of Oregon in some avenue of communications.

And the reaction from River students?

“All my friends were really stoked for me,” she said. “The football players called me their video girl. It was cute.”

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