Ryan Balton

Ryan Balton

Camera operator, production assistant and steadicam operator in Bristol, Connecticut

About Ryan

Raised by a generation of Baltons in the film and TV business, I've always had a camera in my hands. Growing up, I was building jibs before I was building Legos. With a decade-long freelance career as a camera operator, jib operator and assist, and utility, I've spent the past five years full time as a jib and Steadicam operator on ESPN studio programming such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, and Baseball Tonight.

Name: Ryan Balton

Lives in: Bristol, Connecticut

Occupation: Camera Operator, Production Assistant, Steadicam Operator and Crane Operator

Unique traits: 10+ years experience as a camera operator and jib assist 5+ years experience as a jib operator 3+ years experience as a Steadicam operator For major network live studio and event television


  • We Were Quiet Once

    We Were Quiet Once (2013)
    Film by Laura Beachy (Documentary, Biography and News) Camera and Electrical Department, Producer, Editor Somerset was the picture-perfect small town, where life embodied a quiet, pleasant innocence - until September 11, 2001. United Flight 93 crashed in its sheltered countryside, claiming 40 innocent lives and forever changing the people on the ground. What lasting effects does a history-changing event have on a small town? How do those who have lived in anonymity for their entire lives deal with international attention? How do people memorialize a tragedy without perpetuating grief? Grief connected a small community with a nation. For many, that bond has sealed a sense of patriotism and delivered a positive response to a terrible tragedy; for others, it has chained them from moving forward. We Were Quiet Once follows three locals - Father Al, Terry Butler and Rick Flick - as they prepare for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Written by Balton, Ryan

  • The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS

    The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS (2012)
    TV Movie Camera and Electrical Department, Camera and Electrical Department, Camera and Electrical Department Performances by the cast of Newsies, Martina McBride and the cast of Once, The Musical. An apple pie recipe and bacon cheddar pinwheel recipe by Chef Marcel.

  • SportsNation

    SportsNation (2012)
    Television by Kevin Wildes (Sport and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department SportsNation is a daily sports-related program based on one of ESPN's web pages. Topics discussed are suggested by fans through the website's forums, polls, emails and tweets. Viewers interact with the show's hosts by e-mail, text, Twitter or phone calls. Regular topics include Polls, The B.S. Meter, Date Marry or Dump, Fake Calls from Real Fans, Game Time, Lock 'Em Up, Pulse of the Nation, Power Rankings, Three Cheers/Jeers/Tears, and What We Learned. For the Weird Web Stories segments, fans can contribute sports or non-sports related videos and the hosts polled regarding what will happen next. The final segment of each show quickly discusses sports events of the day. Written by David Bassler

  • NFL Monday Night Football

    NFL Monday Night Football (2012)
    Television (Sport) Miscellaneous Crew "Are you ready for some football?!" That six-word lyric, as bellowed out each week by country music superstar Hank Williams Jr., preluded each "NFL Monday Night Football" game, the first successful attempt to air a National Football League (NFL) football game in prime-time. Each week, two teams (as chosen months in advance by the NFL) met in what has become a Monday night tradition. Usually, a trio of sports-casters (a play-by-play announcer joined by a color commentator and an analyst) called the action. Half-time interviews with coaches and players, and sideline reports after outstanding plays were also innovations that contributed to the appeal of these games. Many of the games proved to be exciting, though sometimes the games were boring (especially if the teams were a mismatch or not very good, a necessary risk since the games were scheduled months in advance). Often serving as part of the announcing team were former NFL greats including OJ Simpson, Dan Dierdorf, Joe Namath and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

  • Nova

    Nova (2012)
    Television by Lisa Leombruni (Documentary and Biography) Miscellaneous Crew A weekly documentary series, each episode providing an in-depth look at a different subject of scientific research. Subjects examined by this show have included the cutting edge of theoretical physics, a return to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the long-term effects of Amazon deforestation, and the development of life-saving medical techniques. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

  • His & Hers

    His & Hers (2011)
    Television (Sport) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Pardon the Interruption

    Pardon the Interruption (2011)
    Television (Sport and Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department Two former sportswriters discuss the day's top stories of the sports world.

  • The Dead Files

    The Dead Files (2011)
    Television (Horror, Reality-TV, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew An investigative series that pairs Steve DiSchiavi, a retired Homicide Detective with the New York City Police Department with more than 21 years of active service with psychic communicator Amy Allan who has an established sixth sense and an affinity for channeling the dead. The partners explore each case on their own and then link up at the end to compare notes. Written by Anonymous

  • The Path Ahead

    The Path Ahead (2010)
    Film (short) by Laura Beachy (Documentary) Producer, Editor, Director, Writer, Cinematographer Uncover the universal human experience of being on a path to dreams, through the story of Marty Headd, a three-year starter on the Syracuse University Orangemen's basketball team. He dropped out of college in the early '80s, played ball in Europe, and returned home to realize his path and dreams were behind him. Written by Ryan Balton

  • Rescue Me

    Rescue Me (2009)
    Television by Peter Tolan (Drama and Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department Recently divorced fireman Tommy Gavin, is coping with the fear of his job and the unease he feels watching his ex-wife as she starts to date other men. To better keep tabs on his ex and stay close to their three kids, he moves across the street from them. Written by Ramble000

  • The Apprentice

    The Apprentice (2009)
    Television by Mark Burnett (Game-Show and Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department "The Apprentice" is a 15-episode unscripted drama in which 16 candidates from all walks of life, including both Ivy League MBA graduates and street entrepreneurs with no college education, will endure rigorous tasks each week while living together in a hip Manhattan loft apartment. The tasks will test their intelligence, chutzpah and street-smarts. They will face the challenges of living in close quarters and must compete sometimes humorous but always difficult job assignments and will be forced to think outside the box in order to outshine each other to get to the top. Upon their arrival to New York City (some for the very first time), the 16 candidates will be rushed over to Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump, the centerpiece and driving force of this series. After splitting the group into two teams of 8, Trump then issues the first task. Teams will be given time constraints for each task and they will be observed by either Trump himself or members of his staff at every moment ... Written by NBC

  • Throw It Down

    Throw It Down (2008)
    Film by John E. Maher (Documentary and Music) Camera and Electrical Department "Throw It Down," a documentary that provides an intimate look into life on the road and other aspects of a Division I drum and bugle corps. Three years in the making, this movie is about the 2006 Bluecoats' Connexus season; however, it doesn't serve as a mere chronicle of the events which took place during that year, rather, it captures the essence of all drum corps by focusing on specific experiences, hopes, dreams and stories of a single corps at a single moment in its history. Written by John E. Maher

  • The 62nd Annual Tony Awards

    The 62nd Annual Tony Awards (2008)
    Television by Glenn Weiss Camera and Electrical Department

  • College Football Live

    College Football Live (2007)
    Television (Sport) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Controversy on the Delaware: A Look Upstream at the Tocks Island Dam Project

    Controversy on the Delaware: A Look Upstream at the Tocks Island Dam Project (2006)
    Film (short) by Ryan Balton (Documentary) Producer, Editor, Director, Writer, Cinematographer In the aftermath of the ravaging 1955 flood, the Army Corps of Engineers set out to construct a dam across the Delaware River. The Tocks Island Dam would create a lake and recreational area consuming 70,000 acres of farmland and residential property. This video documentary exposes the grassroots environmental movement by local residents and the stand they took against the project. Written by Ryan Balton

  • Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny

    Gettysburg: Three Days of Destiny (2004)
    Video by Robert Child (Action, Drama and War) Miscellaneous Crew Twenty thousand Civil War enthusiasts gathered at the fields of Gettysburg to commemorate the epic battle's 140th anniversary with a reenactment--and filmmaker Robert Child was on hand to document the event. The dramatic story unfolds through both Union and Confederate commanders' dispatches, diaries and after-battle reports. Written by Ardustry Home Entertainment

  • ESPN Soccernet Press Pass

    ESPN Soccernet Press Pass (2001)
    Television (Talk-Show) Camera and Electrical Department

  • ESPN College Football

    ESPN College Football (1979)
    Television (Sport) Camera and Electrical Department, Miscellaneous Crew

  • Inside the NFL

    Inside the NFL (1977)
    Television (News and Sport) Camera and Electrical Department


  • Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

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