Max standing in the bleachers at Death Valley

Max Huggins

Communication
Orangeburg, S.C.

Empowered to Create

A six-second video of a locker room celebration catapulted Max Huggins' work into viral history.

The opportunity, as a college sophomore, to shoot and produce videos for one of the big-name football programs in the country was crazy enough. But this was unreal.

Max's Path

Finding a passion

On a whim, I bought a broken GoPro at a scratch and dent sale. I fixed it and just started shooting video of life as a college freshman and posting it to Instagram.

Bridging to Clemson

During a meeting with my adviser, I told him I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in. I was really interested in film but didn't know how to make a career out of that. He called Clemson professor Eddie Smith, who immediately drove over and convinced me to bridge to Clemson and apply to the communication program.

Instagram friendship

Sometime freshman year I "met" fellow Clemson student Austin Koon through Instagram. One day he reached out and asked if I was interested in working with him shooting video with Clemson Athletics. I went over for an interview, and an hour later I was on the football practice field with a camera in hand.

Max Huggins and Austin Koon.

Room to create

We started testing different videos and content styles on Vine, Instagram, Twitter. Jonathan Gantt, who's the director of new and creative media, just kept pushing us to create like no one else was. He gave us a lot of freedom to explore different ways of video storytelling. Our work started gaining traction on social media, and we were just running with it.

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Max working a camera at a Clemson Football game.

Next level

Then the football team kept winning, and our platform got even bigger.

Defining   Moment

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