“The Break, introduced by The Normal” wrapped season one as one of many best-performing and most coated G League partnered content material sequence of all time. Following projected first-round picks and up-and-comers from throughout the league, we captured the eye of viewers throughout the nation — however that didn’t come with out its challenges. On this unique interview, we focus on the relationships the manufacturing crew constructed all through the season, what it was like working with The Normal’s lengthy standing model ambassador Shaquille O’Neal, and the joys of capturing memorable moments throughout the nation. Take a look at the dialog under and remember to give the entire earlier episodes of “The Break, introduced by The Normal” a watch right here.
Q: Taylor, we’re now on the finish of the season and eight episodes have gone dwell. What had been a few of your favourite moments from filming the sequence?
Taylor Sharp: That’s powerful, we’ve had so a lot of them. This being the primary season, we had a number of moments that sort of felt like favorites. One which involves thoughts given how large of a stage it was on the Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake Metropolis. Watching Mac McClung win all of it was simply superb. I bear in mind taking a look at my manufacturing accomplice Holland in shock after we realized the right story was unfolding proper in entrance of us. In working with Mac’s household as nicely, you possibly can really feel the gravity of the second in real-time and the way particular that was for them.
Q: It looks as if tales much like Mac’s might be discovered all throughout the G League. Was that a part of the technique when deciding to comply with these gamers?
Taylor Sharp: Completely. The G League is stuffed with superb tales behind each the participant and the sport. The households, coaches and assist employees that make up each single participant, their journey and their quest to attain their desires are all the time so sturdy, dynamic and full. For us to get to discover not solely the basketball objectives and the on-court narratives of those gamers however to additionally get to know the place they arrive from, who their household is and what they’re like off the courtroom was nice. I believe Mac McClung, Norris Cole and Scoot Henderson every had a lot to supply in that regard.
Q: At this level, you’ve spent practically 4 months with these gamers and their households — are you planning on maintaining in contact with them?
Taylor Sharp: Completely. I believe if you spend this a lot time with somebody and their household, you actually get to know them and you’ll’t assist however root for them going ahead and wish to sustain with them. We had a number of time with Mac’s household early on within the season, so with the ability to sustain with them as Mac had his highs and lows was nice. Identical with Scoot and his household — he has a protracted profession forward of him and I can’t wait till I’m in the identical place as them once more. I actually really feel like I’m a real fan of all three of the gamers after the time spent with them this season. I’m actually trying ahead to the occasions once I brush shoulders with them once more or can cheer them on from afar.
Q: Once you’re filming three gamers all in several components of the nation, there might be some obstacles. What had been a few of the greatest challenges all through the docuseries?
Taylor Sharp: One of many challenges of following three gamers all through a season is that you just can’t be in two locations directly. And, when issues can occur in actual time, now we have to be able to seize that. It was a enjoyable problem to take action this season and we give all of the credit score to the G League employees for making it really easy for us to work with them.
Q: How do you discover a steadiness between taking a extra behind-the-scenes method — not attempting to get in the way in which of something — but additionally capturing a few of these large moments?
Taylor Sharp: I imply, we wish to be there for these particular moments, however we don’t need our being there to make these moments any much less particular or to change what they appear like for these gamers, their households or teammates. We tried to be very vérité in our method. We had a really small crew and labored to make our presence minimal. I believe that was a part of the belief that we constructed with the entire gamers that we labored with. Oftentimes, although, the magic is simply being within the room and capturing it and never getting in the way in which. So a number of credit score goes to the entry that was given to us, which allowed for us to authentically seize these large moments.
Q: That is the ultimate episode of “The Break, introduced by The Normal.” Can you share what is likely to be subsequent for you and the crew?
Taylor Sharp: It might be the final episode, however I’m fairly excited for folks to have the ability to watch the sequence in its entirety — from begin to end. They’ve seen each episodically, however I believe it’s going to be rewarding for viewers to have the ability to watch it all of sudden. We’re tremendous enthusiastic about how the sequence went this season, and I believe if we’re ready to do this once more subsequent season, I’m already eager about who these gamers may very well be. As this season ends, the following season sort of instantly begins as a result of already we’re eager about who’s going to be enjoying and who may need probably the most compelling storylines that may very well be worthy of following in an identical capability.
Q: What’s been the overall response from audiences this season?
Taylor Sharp: Once you’re releasing episodes digitally, it’s all the time rewarding when somebody talks to you about it in particular person. There have been moments this season after we had been in an NBA enviornment at a G League sport filming and somebody was like, “What are you filming for?” And we’re like, oh, we’re doing one thing on Scoot or Mac. After which we understand in dialog that they’ve been watching all alongside. Whether or not it was followers or different individuals who work in basketball or media in some capability, there have been many baseline on-the-court conversations earlier than a sport. In order that was all the time encouraging when folks got here as much as us in actual life and both stated they had been watching the docuseries or we’d look over their shoulder a couple of minutes later they usually had been on the G League YouTube trying it up.
Q: Any large classes or takeaways you’ve realized from the filming, enhancing, and directing strategy of all of this?
Taylor Sharp: I believe this whole season was only a testomony to selecting gamers whose tales meshed collectively nicely, and who supply a wide range of prospects. To take a seat again and watch the seasons of the three gamers we selected unfold in an excellent larger method than we might have imagined was simply superb. Hats off to Norris, Mac and Scoot for being so accommodating of our crew and for letting us inform their tales. We will’t wait to look at their success shifting ahead.
Episode 8 of “The Break, introduced by The Normal,” might be seen under. All episodes of the eight-part docuseries might be discovered on the G League’s YouTube channel.