This week it's Episode 7 of The Wormcast I'm joined by the sports documentarian, Jonathan Hock of Hock Films. Jon has earned 11 National Sports EMMYs and a Peabody Award for his work at NFL Films and for ESPN's "30 for 30" series of films. In 2005 Hock's story on Sebastian Telfair's life in high school in Coney Island, Brooklyn called "Through the Fire" was the first independent doc ever acquired by ESPN. Since thJon has directed or produced seven films for "30 for 30" including "The Best That Never Was" about Marcus Dupree, "Unguarded" about Chris Herren and "Survive and Advance" about Jim Valvano. This is a graduate course in the art of filmmaking.
Kickoff with Jon's latest project "Benedict Men" the story of St. Benedict's High School basketball team for Quibi.
6:15 Producing content for a unique platform like Quibi
13:05 "Legacy" a project currently in production
15:30 Financing documentaries and how "Through the Fire" was made and distributed
24:30 Professional athletes involved in the content business
30:00 Philosophy of filmmaking
33:30 The story behing the 1998 World Series Film
38:00 NFL Films and the influence of Steve Sabol on his career
51:00 How you gain the trust of your subjects
1:04:20 "OJ: Made in America"
1:10:00 "Of Miracles and Men"
1:14:00 Production during COVID-19
1:17:30 The pitch, ho does it happen and what happens when you get the meeting
This is a graduate course in the art of filmmaking. I beleive listeners will learn a great deal.