×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘The Short Game’ Filmmakers Dealt with Temper Tantrums, Stolen Cameras

Movies about golf have been done before, and movies about children have also had their turn. But the two of them combined? The makers of “The Short Game” took on that challenge in their documentary, the first to be exclusively available through Netflix. At a Nov. 19 screening at the Soho House in West Hollywood, the filmmakers discussed their process, as well as how they dealt with their talent’s temper tantrums.

The doc follows a group of some of the most talented golfers in the world, all at the ripe ages of 6-8. Producer Rafael Marmor said that David Frankel, known for films including “Marley and Me” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” brought the subject to his attention because Frankel’s own young twins are involved in the world of youth golfing.

However, despite the joy of working with kids, there were plenty of challenges thrown their way.

“When kids lose at something, it’s difficult,” Marmor said. “They don’t want to talk. They want to cry. They want to, sometimes, throw their clubs.”

Still, Marmor explained that, for the most part, the kids were great because they built a good foundation with them from the get-go. A big part of that, he said, was director Josh Greenbaum.

Marmor went to Greenbaum as he has experience in comedy, and he wanted that humor to come out in the documentary. Luckily, he was great with the kids as well, and the humor came easily.

“If you spend enough time with kids, you know they’re funny,” Greenbaum said. “They say really funny stuff. But then what’s really interesting is, one line’s hilarious, you’re laughing, and the next line is incredibly poignant and wise.”

There was comedy in the parents of the children as well. Greenbaum explained that the parents are typically called “daddy caddies,” as they more often than not caddy for their small children.

While some of the children they profiled were shy, others loved the cameras. One of those was Alan Kournikova, younger brother of tennis champ Anna Kournikova. Greenbaum laughed at the Q&A following the screening as he remembered a moment where Kournikova’s camera-friendliness may have gone a little too far.

“We have a couple of hours of footage of when Alan Kournikova stole one of our cameras and went off and was filming B roll,” he said. “He’d be like, ‘Guys, I’m going to go get an establishing shot!’”

The film even found some high-profile backers. After viewing the film during SXSW, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel jumped on board as executive producers. Marmor said that was due in part to the couple’s love for golf, as Timberlake even owns his own golf course.

The Short Game” hits Netflix on Dec. 12.

(Pictured: producer Rafael Marmor, composer Mark Mothersbaugh, director Josh Greenbaum and producer Chris Leggett)

More Digital

  • Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality

    Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

    At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server [...]

  • crunchyroll logo

    Crunchyroll Raises Subscription Price to $7.99

    AT&T-owned anime subscription video service Crunchyroll is raising its monthly subscription price from $6.95 to $7.99 a month, it announced in an email to members Friday. It’s the service’s first price increase ever, according to a spokesperson. The new pricing will go into effect on May 1 for new subscribers, while existing members will see [...]

  • StyleHaul

    StyleHaul Shuts Down U.S. Operations, Lays Off About 65 Employees

    The axe is falling on StyleHaul: The fashion, beauty and lifestyle digital media and marketing company owned by RTL Group is shuttering U.S. operations, resulting the layoff of around 65 employees. StyleHaul offices in L.A., with about 55 employees, and in New York City, with around 10 staffers, are closing. RTL said StyleHaul’s U.K. operations, [...]

  • Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown Platform Acquires Hypebot, MusicThinkTank

    Bandsintown, a leading platform for letting music fans know about upcoming concerts by their favorite artists, has acquired Hypebot, a news site publishing stories about the music industry and technology, and its sister site MusicThinkTank. “I’m proud to share that Hypebot and MusicThinkTank have been acquired by Bandsintown,” wrote Bruce Houghton, the founder of the [...]

  • Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’

    Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’ Is Future of VR

    As virtual reality becomes more and more available, many developers are looking for new frontiers to expand the experiences offered by the tech. For Netherlands-based Vertigo Games, that next frontier is what they call “location-based virtual reality.” It’s essentially high-quality VR experiences where players aren’t tethered to a PC or even to the confines of [...]

  • GDC 2019: Google's Play For Gaming

    GDC 2019: Google's Play for Gaming Ubiquity, Rise of Ray Tracing, Store Wars

    The Game Developers Conference finished up Friday evening, wrapping one of the most exciting GDCs in recent memory with Google’s splashy entrance into AAA video gaming, the emergence of real-time ray tracing as a compelling technology for film, TV, and games, and the growing war between two global estore powerhouses: Valve’s Steam and the Epic [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content