Award winning director Tevin Tavares is starting a new season of. one Top notch: The life and times of the Sierra Canyon’s pioneers while following the prestigious Sierra Canyon high school basketball team.
From directing an animated video for the More Than a Vote campaign in 2020 to making music videos for Damian Lillard and Khalid, Tavares had demonstrated an uncanny ability to capture breakthrough moments behind the lens. While returning to Oakland, Calif. Over the holidays, he will take some time to share his experiences with filming Season 2.
The Trailblazers are resuming their season after a full year of no competitive play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the departures of senior graduates BJ Boston (Clippers), Ziare Williams (Grizzles) and Zaire Wade (Sat Lake City All-Stars), the redesigned team hoped for their younger leaders Amari Bailey, Shy Odom and Bronny James that emptiness. The team starts the season without James due to injury, one of many setbacks viewers will see.
Tavares talks about the importance of highlighting the needs of these young men. While they are sometimes perceived as rock stars due to their dominance on the pitch, they work just as hard to develop off the pitch as well.
“The show does a great job of humanizing these young men,” says Tavares. “They go through injuries and losses and trials and tribulations in the course of their daily lives as they do their best to make up for everything else that life imposes on them.
A significant part of the team’s success comes from the coaching staff, led by Andre “Coach Dre” Chevalier. Throughout the season, Coach Dre reiterates the importance of accountability as the Trailblazers seek another state championship.
“The connection between Coach Dre and the players is like no other, which makes it even easier to relate to. You can see how emotional it gets when we bring up issues like discrimination and lose players, ”says Tavares.
The team also saw the loss of 19-year-old Terrance Clark, whom they paid tribute to during a game after his death.
Camaraderie is shown to the full on screen during any relationship. The Oakland filmmaker notes that “Family Ties” was this season’s theme.
“I already knew family ties were going to be the topic this season, so it’s crazy the way the universe just goes. When the song (Baby Keem and Kendrick) came out I told myself this has to be the season’s theme song. `The theme of season 1 was more of a cinematic trap, so we heard a lot of Travis Scott, the Black Panther soundtrack … to dictate the moods. Season 2 was more melodic. A lot of these kids listen to Lil Durk, Baby Keem, Polo G, Juice Wrld, it’s a little different from the first season. This time we have concentrated on more melodic and gentler music. “
Tevin Tavares usually sends a playlist to his composing partner Casey Gibson. Because there they use it as a reference for the score of the series. The team also got their musical inspiration from The last Dance also documentary.
With a successful first galvanizing season under its belt, Season 2 of Top class is no different.
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