Q: Are all of the shots real -- meaning no trick photography/editing/etcetera?
A: Yes, all of the shots are real. Some of them took more time to make than others, obviously, but honestly it might have taken us longer to try trick videoing -- we aren't exactly "video techies." Different people have said, "those shots can't be real" or "this was obviously edited," so I guess we can just take those as compliments.
Q: Which took the most takes to get right, and how many takes were needed?
A: The shot that took the longest time was the football stadium shot, by far. We hauled our friend's hoop over to a local junior college with a big stadium. There wasn't anyone at the stadium when we got there, and we ended up taking a few breaks to charge the recharge the camera. After about 3 hours of shoot, as we were charging the camera, people came and began to set up for a football game, so we knew we didn't have much time left. So I ran up to the top of the stadium and we ended up getting the shot on that next attempt. We definitely had to celebrate after that one. Other than that, the shots that took the longest were the shot that bounced off two pillars and the shot when I was reading a book in the lawn chair. Those both took about a half-hour each.
Q: Which ones did you get on the first take? If the answer is none, which ones took the least amount of time?
A: The shots that we got on the first try were the rainbow kick alley-oop, one of the shots off of the rafters on the gym ceiling, and the three-quarter-court shot by my teammate Devin Dyer. Actually, the three-quarter-court shot was one that we weren't planning on. I was trying to get a shot on one of the main hoops, and in between shots Phill Reyes (our cameraman) pointed the camera over at Devin who was just walking across the court. Phill said, "Hey Dev, shoot it from there." So he picked it up and launched it across the court and it went it. We all just looked at each other and were like, "Sweet ... that's definitely going in the video." It was pretty funny.
Q: Which shots did you dream up at the moment?
A: Quite a few of the shots were just thought up on the spot. We were at Devin's house one weekend, just trying to be as creative as we could. That is where we got the lawn mower, lawn chair and park shots. Also, the shots on campus were some that just kind of came to us, such as the double pillar shot, the roof shot and the between the legs shot -- all thought up on the spot. A couple of them we had practiced a few times, like our rainbow kick alley-oop and the off-the-wall shot. But some of the shots were inspired by videos we had seen around, like the double free-throw shot -- we saw that one on a video last year and every now and then would try it for a little bit after practice some days.
Q: Was this made for The Masters College or did the three of you do it on your own?
A: Phill and I were put in a group for a project in our Marketing Strategies class. The project was to make a YouTube video promoting a certain product, and then strategically market it and try to make the video gain popularity and views. So Phill and I decided to make a trick-shot video, mainly because it is fun and easy for people to watch. So the "product" that our video is posting is our team's season this year. So far, it has worked pretty well, and it hasn't quite been out for a month yet.
Q: How many hours of practice and shooting do you figure it took to get all the shots on film?
A: Overall, it probably took around 8 or 9 hours to finish. The cool thing is that we could just say we had to go get some homework done, and then mess around shooting for a few hours. It's a lot more fun that writing papers, that's for sure.
Q: Did you break any windows doing the pillar shots outside the condos/apartment building? Do any of you live there? (This is the shot I find the most incredulous, by the way!)
A: We didn't break anything while shooting the video, thankfully. The outside shots by the green buildings are actually a bunch of classrooms on our campus. So it's a good thing we didn't break any windows. Notice I didn't say we didn't "hit" any windows ... but none of them broke.
Q: The earliest shots in the video are the most believable ones. Through the years, have you taken a lot of half-court, three-quarter-court shots for fun, and what would you guess your shooting percentage is for them? Ever hit one in a real game?
A: I haven't taken too many half-court or three-quarter-court shots in games, but after practice sometimes the team will have some half-court shooting contests and things like that. I don't remember ever hitting one in a game. But who knows, maybe after all this practice I'll get a chance to hit one in a game!
Q: Tell me about the reaction the video has gotten. Has it made you a star yet?
A: We have definitely gotten a good reaction so far. A lot of people have told us they've really enjoyed it and shared it with their friends and family. It has become really popular around campus. We have also been able to track where its been seen, so it is pretty cool to see that there are people all over the world that have seen it. Hopefully, as it is out for longer, it will be able to gain some momentum and really take off. So I wouldn't necessarily it has made us "stars" yet, but it is fun hearing that it put a smile on someone's face. No matter how many views the video gets, just knowing that people enjoyed it makes it all worth it.