It did seem that at some point they must have forgotten there were cameras there.
DR: I know. I think that’s true. I think that within two weeks, they forgot that the cameras were there and they just were hanging out with us. They knew we were there, but they had a level of comfort with us. And the cameras kind of disappear; they become invisible. They become so used to them.
AC: We consciously wanted to do [a] really light production. We didn’t have all the bells and whistles of a huge production company. We didn’t have sound guys.
I love the fact that the interviews feel as if you’re just in their house, just talking and that they don’t feel overproduced. I thought that was a really smart decision by [our director of photography, Rachael Counce] to make it feel real, and not too glossy. For a film like this, I think it really worked.
What’s it like to film a basketball game? Are you tripping over people’s feet?
AC: We had a big, five-camera shoot. We had Davy, who would be on the floor, which is why there are all of those great shots of Davy in the movie. He would usually be on Coach Gilbert and we’d have him miked. And Rachel would be on the baseline, with the dolly. We’d have someone shooting a wide shot just of the game, which is that top shot you usually see in NBA games or college games, that gives you sort of a bird’s-eye view. And then we had two other people roaming around shooting cheerleaders, crowd reactions, things like that. That was the biggest challenge for me in the editing room, was cutting those sequences together because you have these five cameras going [and] it’s a lot to go through.
DR: We had 600 hours of footage at the end of it, which we had to turn into an 80-minute film. It was a huge amount of stuff. But for me what was the most intense was trying to film while watching the games, because we’d be so emotional, we wanted them to win. We were so connected to these kids, we cared about them so much at this point, as we’d gotten to know them more and more—you can’t help but fall in love with them.