ESPN has these really cool documentaries about women athletes called Nine for IX Shorts. Director Melissa Johnson (No Look Pass) and Producer Brian Yang (Linsanity) team up to make this documentary about WNBA star Brittney Griner and her first season playing with China’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls. Yang shares a little about the making of Brittney Griner: Lifesize with CAAM.
Did you travel to China for the shoot? Do you speak Mandarin?
We did. There was a little bit shot in Houston, Griner’s hometown, but most of it was shot in China—Taiyuan, Hangzhou and Shanghai. I do speak Mandarin, and it’s totally necessary for a project like this.