After graduating from Temple University in 1996 with a degree in Radio/Television & Film, Patrick Hally went to work for Garrett Brown, inventor of the SteadiCam. Brown had his team and two recent Temple graduates, Hally and Mike O’Shea, help design, develop, deploy and actually operate his latest groundbreaking inventions, DiveCam, GoCam and SkyCam. They also worked to improve his underwater tracking camera MobyCam. Each of these revolutionary broadcast camera systems debuted at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The team was critical in helping Brown win an Emmy Award for the DiveCam and SkyCam in technical innovation for the advancement of broadcasting industry, the field’s highest honor. Hally has several Emmys himself.
FlyCam was conceived shortly after the Atlanta games as a high-speed, point-to-point, aerial tracking camera. The FlyCam entered the television history books when it made its debut flight in March of 1998. With Hally and O’Shea at the helm, FlyCam tracked alongside the Papal visit in Mexico City.
Over the last 19 years, FlyCam has drawn raves for its revolutionary coverage of live sporting events and concerts on six continents. The device has flown over 1,200 worldwide live events including all types of world championships, World Cup soccer matches, NBA games, Grand Slam tennis matches, NASCAR races, PGA golf, Olympic games from Sydney to Sochi, the Oscars, MTV’s Video Music Awards, the Emmys, the ESPYs, and eight seasons of ESPN’s College GameDay.
Hally holds several patents and pending patents in wildlife control, motion control systems, and security systems. He also worked with the U.S. Department of Defense. He continues to change the way we see our world through his work and contributes his innovations to the world of broadcasting. He is currently working with his friend and mentor Garrett Brown on a Virtual Reality project, developing concepts for the next evolution of broadcasting’s future.