Marion Man is the Official Videographer for the Ohio State Football Player
When Trey Crampton started his own videography business about three years ago, he had no idea that one of his creations would eventually go viral.
Crampton, a Marion native who still resides in the community, established Trey Media Films LLC in 2019 after leaving a career as a prison corrections officer after seven years. The Marion Harding High School alum started filming promotional videos and weddings before opening his own business.
“I started by shooting promotional videos for businesses around Marion,” Crampton, 29, said. “And then one of my old classmates from Harding contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing their wedding. I hadn’t done weddings before that. I told them that I I was going to give it a shot. After having that first marriage, it went from there.
“After I released that first wedding video, a group of people reached out to me and I realized it was something I could do full time. I ended up quitting my job at the prison. J really started taking myself more seriously as a videographer than treating it as a hobby.”
Since embarking on life as a business owner, Crampton said he’s been inundated with requests from couples who want their weddings filmed. He rarely has a weekend, or even a weekday, off. He has 38 weddings on his schedule in 2022.
Recently, Crampton became the videographer for Ohio State Gee football player Scott Jr. Scott posted an ad on his Instagram looking for someone to help create video content and Crampton ended up winning the job.
“Gee looked at some of my work and we FaceTimed a couple times and he decided he wanted to come with me,” Crampton said. “It was great because growing up in Ohio and being a Buckeye fan all my life, it’s kind of surreal to be able to do that for a Buckeye player.”
Crampton said Scott wanted someone who could provide him with a wide range of video content, including home videos and promotional packages for the NIL (name, image and likeness) deals he is involved with.
“Pretty much anything video he needs, I’m his man for it,” Crampton said.
Crampton recently filmed a video of Scott lending a hand to a homeless man named Eugene. after it was posted on Scott’s YouTube accountthe video garnered national attention, even being the subject of a segment on the CBS News morning show on May 17.
More recently, Crampton filmed a video featuring Scott and several Ohio State football teammates, including quarterback CJ Stroud, at a Columbus-area barber shop. Scott, Stroud and the other Buckeyes cut the hair of several volunteers. Crampton said that none of Buckeye’s “barbers” except for Scott had any actual haircut experience.
“When we shot that barbershop video, we had four people who were willing to let (the players) mess their hair up,” Crampton said. “I mean, they had no intention of blowing their hair, but none of them had ever cut their hair before, except Gee. We posted an ad on social media looking for people and I was amazed at how many people responded and were willing to let these guys just mess up their hair.
“We had a guy on the video going on vacation to Cancun the following week and CJ cut his hair, and he ruined it. It was bad,” Crampton added.
Although the partnership is still in its early stages, Crampton said the experience has been positive so far.
“We work well together and have fun,” he said.
The association with Scott could end up being long-term, Crampton said.
“He said he wanted someone long-term he could work with,” Crampton said. “He didn’t want to have to jump between different cameramen who didn’t know what he wanted. He wanted to be with someone long term who could get a feel for what he wanted to do.”
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