“The Break, introduced by The Basic” wrapped season one as one of many best-performing and most lined 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 group constructed all through the season, what it was like working with The Basic’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 you’ll want to give the entire earlier episodes of “The Break, introduced by The Basic” a watch right here.
Q: Taylor, we’re now on the finish of the season and eight episodes have gone stay. What have been a few of your favourite moments from filming the sequence?
Taylor Sharp: That’s robust, we’ve had so lots of them. This being the primary season, we had plenty of moments that type of felt like favorites. One which involves thoughts given how huge 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 wonderful. I keep in mind my manufacturing associate Holland in shock after we realized the right story was unfolding proper in entrance of us. In working with Mac’s household as effectively, you might 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 may be discovered all throughout the G League. Was that a part of the technique when deciding to observe these gamers?
Taylor Sharp: Completely. The G League is stuffed with wonderful tales behind each the participant and the sport. The households, coaches and assist workers that make up each single participant, their journey and their quest to realize their desires are at all times so strong, 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 grasp 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 almost 4 months with these gamers and their households — are you planning on maintaining in contact with them?
Taylor Sharp: Completely. I believe while you spend this a lot time with somebody and their household, you actually get to know them and you may’t assist however root for them going ahead and wish to sustain with them. We had plenty of time with Mac’s household early on within the season, so having the ability to sustain with them as Mac had his highs and lows was nice. Identical with Scoot and his household — he has an extended 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 wanting ahead to the instances once I brush shoulders with them once more or can cheer them on from afar.
Q: If you’re filming three gamers all in several elements of the nation, there may be some obstacles. What have been among the largest 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 without delay. And, when issues can occur in actual time, we’ve 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 workers for making it really easy for us to work with them.
Q: How do you discover a stability between taking a extra behind-the-scenes strategy — not attempting to get in the way in which of something — but in addition capturing a few of these huge 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 seem like for these gamers, their households or teammates. We tried to be very vérité in our strategy. 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 plenty of credit score goes to the entry that was given to us, which allowed for us to authentically seize these huge moments.
Q: That is the ultimate episode of “The Break, introduced by The Basic.” Can you share what could be subsequent for you and the group?
Taylor Sharp: It could 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 . We’re tremendous enthusiastic about how the sequence went this season, and I believe if we’re in a position to try this once more subsequent season, I’m already occupied with who these gamers may very well be. As this season ends, the subsequent season type of instantly begins as a result of already we’re occupied with 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 analogous capability.
Q: What’s been the final response from audiences this season?
Taylor Sharp: If you’re releasing episodes digitally, it’s at all times rewarding when somebody talks to you about it in individual. There have been moments this season after we have been in an NBA enviornment at a G League recreation 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 notice 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 recreation. In order that was at all times encouraging when folks got here as much as us in actual life and both mentioned they have been watching the docuseries or we’d look over their shoulder a couple of minutes later they usually have been on the G League YouTube wanting it up.
Q: Any huge classes or takeaways you’ve realized from the filming, enhancing, and directing means of all of this?
Taylor Sharp: I believe this complete season was only a testomony to selecting gamers whose tales meshed collectively effectively, and who supply a wide range of prospects. To sit down again and watch the seasons of the three gamers we selected unfold in a good greater means than we may have imagined was simply wonderful. Hats off to Norris, Mac and Scoot for being so accommodating of our crew and for letting us inform their tales. We are able to’t wait to look at their success shifting ahead.
Episode 8 of “The Break, introduced by The Basic,” may be considered under. All episodes of the eight-part docuseries may be discovered on the G League’s YouTube channel.