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How a Docu-Series on the Women’s Real Madrid Soccer Team Continued Amid a Global Pandemic

Courtesy of Newtral

When Real Madrid Fooball Team proposed the buy of Spanish girls’s soccer membership Club Deportivo Tacón, producers Tomas Pastor and Ana Pastor noticed a story — girls’s soccer workforce that was going to make it into the largest membership in the world.

With the success of the U.S. girls’s soccer workforce, they received the ball rolling and began “Un Sueño Real (A Real Dream),” a docu-series following this workforce’s transition from the First Division league.

However, when the coronavirus pandemic halted manufacturing and the soccer season, the filmmakers pivoted their storytelling. They adopted the gamers into their properties. Stars corresponding to Kosovare Asllani, Sofia Jakobsson and Thaisa turned integral to the narrative as they continued coaching at dwelling, however began to shared tales about parenting, politics, LGBTQ rights and anxiousness.

Ana Pastor, Tomas Pastor and President of Exile Content, Daniel Eilemberg speak to Variety about altering the narrative throughout the pandemic and why telling this story is essential to the face of soccer.

How did the concept for “Un Sueño Real (A Real Dream)” start?

Daniel Eilemberg: The concept got here from Newtral and now we have a partnership with them to provide non-scripted content material.

We have been first made conscious of this story via Ana Pastor and Tomas Pastor who have been following the buy of the soccer workforce, Club Deportivo Tacón. When we heard this story about a workforce that had made it from the First Division league lower than a 12 months earlier than and have been about to develop into a part of Real Madrid, we noticed we had a particular story there.

The season was about to start, the buy was about to start and we moved the manufacturing ahead. But earlier than we may transfer ahead, we needed to get approval from Real Madrid, which we did.

It was so essential to be there from the first day and observe the workforce with cameras as a result of this was a second that might by no means occur once more.

Tomas Pastor: I used to be studying about the affect this may have on girls’s soccer and it’s going to be large. It will affect the academies in addition to girls’s soccer round the world.

It was additionally distinctive alternative to have the ability to shoot from the first day. To go from taking pictures the final day of the workforce as Club Deportivo Tacón and their first day as Real Madrid. We have been in the locker room and of their lives.

You began taking pictures this in August, and the world took a flip in 2020 once we went into lockdown and soccer was canceled, how did that affect your manufacturing?

Tomas Pastor: When the lockdown occurred, we contacted the gamers and requested if we may shoot them of their properties. We adopted their coaching just about and met on Skype with the coaches and have been with them throughout the lockdown.

In one episode, we had a second with Isa Moreno (Midfielder) she has a dialog along with her mom the place she says, “Mom, you didn’t want me to play soccer as a kid.” That would by no means occur with little boys, so we caught good moments like that.

You can see how they overcome difficulties as a workforce and people due to it.

Eilemberg: It was a tough manufacturing problem and one we needed to learn to cope with, but it surely’s an fascinating flip of occasions inside the collection and we get to spotlight how the sport treats women and men.

We additionally get to take a look at the dynamics of a workforce compelled to coach and dwell individually and provides this nice layer to the storytelling.

Ana Pastor: The males’s workforce have been in a position to resume coaching in May, however the feminine leagues needed to cancel any competitors. As filmmakers, we actually received to see the disparity between genders. Even in coaching, you may see how Sergio Ramos who’s the captain for the males’s Real Madrid workforce has a dwelling gymnasium and may practice. If you evaluate the girls’s coaching, they’re at dwelling coaching with bottles of water for weights. So, we have been actually in a position to convey that to mild.

How did the crew measurement change as a result of you may’t have 100 individuals on a set?

Tomas Pastor: Our post-Covid crew is made up of a cameraman, a sound particular person and a reporter. We must observe the rules set by the Spanish authorities and social distance.

How did your taking pictures time get delayed by the lockdown?

Ana Pastor: Our taking pictures has been prolonged by two months due to the pandemic.

Eilemberg: Structure-wise, it’s nonetheless 4 episodes and we caught to that, however the storyline shifted. Six video games nonetheless wanted to be performed and issues have been left up in the air a bit as we didn’t actually have the ending anymore, however we did discover a method to shut out the collection throughout all of this.

Ana Pastor: They closed the season in May and now it’s beginning up in September. So, now we have to observe the journey as a result of the merger was simply accomplished this previous July 1.

Are you seeing an curiosity in girls’s soccer due to Real Madrid’s Women’s Team and the success of the U.S. Soccer workforce?

Ana Pastor: Absolutely, sure. In the documentary, there’s a little lady asking why they don’t have girls in soccer playing cards, and so they don’t. The playing cards solely characteristic males. So, her mom creates these stickers with girls gamers only for her. We have been recording that second, however what occurred, since we made the documentary, they’ve the playing cards.

It’s actually a new part in girls’s soccer and that’s what the documentary will present — the genesis of this workforce.

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