THE DIRECTOR’S BLOG

Why Dick Vitale Is Our “Mr. March Madness”

“Beyond the Game” recently entered into a unique collaboration with our film project and Rebound Magazine, previously the official magazine for the NBRPA (National Basketball Retired Players Association) for the last seven years. We distributed the first edition of...

National Student Athlete Day

National Student Athlete Day is generally recognized April 6 nationwide, but can be celebrated throughout the months of March and April at NCAA colleges and universities. The day recognizes the accomplishments of student-athletes who excel academically, in their sport...

If She Can See It, She Can Believe It

The Beyond the Game film is heading to the 2019 March Madness Final Four held in Tampa, Florida for the Women's games and Minneapolis, Minnesota for the Men's. I'm thrilled to, personally, support the women collegiate athletes and recognizing the important role...

From the Executive Producer/Film Director’s Chair

In production since the summer of 2015, Silverlight Films’ crews and I have captured intimate interviews with over 150 professional athletes in 80 locations around the world in producing the full length documentary, Beyond the Game. Athletes were interviewed from...

Preparing to Launch

Very few outside of the film industry truly know all we do to deliver a professionally produced full length feature documentary. It's, of course, so much more than picking up a camera and shooting. Literally, thousands of strategic and purposeful decisions are made...

Athletes’ Stories Making a Difference

The film production on this project has been one of the most fascinating journeys I've experienced in my 18 years of filmmaking. The content rich stories of the pro athletes highlighting their transitions have provided a connection that I've not seen in any other...

Our Mission of Peer to Peer Athlete Education

The “Beyond the Game” project, separate and apart from the film, has captured hundreds of hours of footage for use in effective and meaningful Peer to Peer Athlete Education. Seeing firsthand the tremendous need for financial literacy education, life skills, career...

Film as Branded Entertainment

I was recently invited to be a guest blogger on MoneySmartAthlete.com. As a University of Michigan undergrad who studied television and film, an attorney who utilized video in her practice to advance a client's case and as a film director/producer who combines the art...

Networking and Transition

Networking and building professional relationships, while in the game, isn’t always easy for the athlete. However, doing so especially while an athlete is “publicly relevant”, will make each transition, whether it be from student to employee or pro or pro to retiree,...

Plan A or Plan B?

As a student athlete, many have dreams of going pro. It's fabulous to have those aspirations and sports provide numerous unmatched opportunities and experiences whether a student ultimately goes to the pros or not. However, if your "Plan A" is becoming a pro athlete...

Pro Snowboarding Dollar Sense

Put a California crew on the Colorado slopes and a camera man who shoots while snowboarding and you get some great behind the scenes stories as well as some action filled shots. However, also intriguing is the status of today's pro snowboarders, how they "make a...

Susan Sember’s Notes from the “Field”

During a film production, a Director collects many stories...stories of interviewees sharing their emotions, memories and knowledge; location incidents that challenged the filming; times when that perfect shot overwhelmed our senses with beauty or exhilarated our...

Filming at the Basketball Hall of Fame

We were able to film some interviews and footage during the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 induction. Sheryl Swoopes, WNBA great, inpired the local high school student athletes, with her stories of losing it all but never giving up on her dreams. I think I've...

Spring Training and Financial Planning

Staying focused on spring training, the game itself and the unique challenges of seasonal salaries underscore the MLB players' need for post-baseball planning. Finding trusted advisors is key but how do you do this while playing? The most important decision a player...

Filming “Dr. Shaquille O’ Neal”

At Springfield College, Shaquille O'Neal, a proponent of education, financial literacy and life skills, regaled us with stories ranging from losing his first million dollars in one day to passing on the sage financial advice he received from his mentors. With a...

Filming “Da Coach” Mike Ditka in Chicago

Like many I enjoy watching football but while doing so, I often reflect on my interview earlier this summer with Mike Ditka for our film, "Beyond the Game". "Da Coach" works nonstop to raise funds for financial and medical assistance for retired NFL players through an...

Panathinaikos Athens leads the court

Panagiotis Triantopoulos, CEO for Panathinaikos B.C., truly captured the attention of our "Beyond the Game" film crew during his on camera interview. A passionate steward of the club's phenomenal legacy, Mr. Triantopoulos showed us that this is a team that genuinely...

Filming with retired WNBA and NBA players

We had a real marathon of on camera interviews with 13 former WNBA and NBA players full of information and emotional intensity as they reflected back on their careers. The women, in particular, also enlightened us on the challenges they face with lesser salaries and...

Filming, Footballers and Cyprus

Advocating for clubs, associations and federations to become involved in financial literacy training, Spyros Neofytidis , Board Member - FIFPro Division Europe and President - PANCYPRIAN FOOTBALLERS ASSOCIATION (PA.S.P)underscored the importance of getting the youth...

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