First of all I want to say that this is not TJ. It’s me, his mother, writing this because Tj is in California now and taking a break from the blog. He’s busy with various things including a screenplay that he is working on to complete. He’s the writer of the family. I figured why waste a good WordPress blog that is already set up. Plus I like the name that TJ so cleverly made up….”That Bloggles my Mind.” I will do updates on Jimmer’s career or Fredette family events but I will also do just some of my own thoughts on things. I’m sure I will loose some readers because I’m not TJ, but maybe I’ll gain others. So here goes…..
We had an interesting day last week. An ESPN crew came up to our house to film where Jimmer grew up AGAIN and wanted to interview his parents….well anyone who knows me, knows how that went. Actually they didn’t even ask me so I think that Jimmer may have warned them not to expect anything from me. Good boy Jimmer. It was all Al doing the interview and I watched. He did really well but there was a few times that I thought I was going to have to give him the hook because he was namedropping and going on alittle too much. Ha! I’m sure they will edit that stuff out. As a matter of fact, they always take hours and hours to do some footage and most of the time, you only see a few seconds of the interview… if at all. The director of all of this told me that he did a long interview with the mother of one of the athletes as she was showing him around the town that he grew up in. It took them two hours and in the end, they didn’t use any of the footage. He said he felt bad but it’s a matter of editing and the time that they are allotted. He also said he had interviewed Kevin Durant not too long ago. I’m sure it was an interesting one.
The crew went to China to follow Jimmer around for a few days and get some local color footage of where he is staying and the beautiful city of Shanghai…..to sort of get a feel of what Jimmer has experienced over there throughout the season. Of course they wanted some footage of some action on the court too. We have had a few camera crews come to this little tiny house to film and it was really quite a learning experience to those that are interested in the film industry. The last time ESPN came, during Jimmermania, they had about 7 or 8 people that worked at a feverish pace to make this house into a studio of some sort. Each of them had their own expertise, whether it was sound, lighting, camera angles, interviewing, and so on. Let me tell you it was no easy job transforming this house to a place that was conducive to the atmosphere they were looking for. It’s an old house that has about one or two outlets in each room. Not gonna lie, it was a little embarrassing to tell them we don’t have any more outlets to plug their things in. Somehow they made it work and they were so nice as they did it. One guy told me they have experienced much worse. ha! That made me feel a little better. They put film on the lamp shades and changed the light bulbs and covered the windows with special tape….it’s all about lighting and sound quality. It was very interesting. I tried to observe and be helpful when they needed it, but stay out of the way.
The crew this time was smaller with a team of 3 but one guy couldn’t make it. They picked the same spot to interview as the last team did….right in front of the trophies that my kids have earned throughout the years. It took them about 5 hours total… first in the house and then around the outside of the house where basketball for my children began. I will include a few pictures of my husband, Al, outside on our deck. The look that the cameraman was trying to create was for Al to have a pensive expression on his face as he looked at the old basketball hoop that our kids used to play on. Sort of like he was reminiscing and thinking of days gone by and how fast it went and how fun it was to go through. Well I can tell you though that it took so long to get just the right shot that Al’s back started hurting him as he was leaning over the railing… so in actuality, the look on his face is that he was thinking when are they going to be done because my back is killing me. Ha! Like I said, they take a long time with all kinds of angles and footage and in the end they will use very little of it. The camera was so close to Al’s right ear that I think you may be able to see clear out to the other side of the yard. Anyways it was a fun experience and the guys were so nice. I enjoyed talking with them. If it goes forward, it will be another nice plug for good ole Glens Falls, NY.
This was all done for a show called “Outside the Lines” which airs on ESPN2. The director told me it’s suppose to be on sometime soon (I think April 2nd, ) so if you are interested, we will let everyone know when it happens….if it happens. I hope that it does because Jimmer’s China experience is one to be shared. Couldn’t have asked for a better season with a wonderful team and staff to share it with. The fans were incredible and made him feel very welcome. Can’t beat that.
Until next time…