Being permitted to record referee training and on-field audio was a great amount of trust given to my production team, so naturally I felt a responsibility to present the material in as fair, and honest, a manner as possible. While this one was a safer filming environment than some of my previous projects, there were many sets of challenges in obtaining access to the various elements I felt I needed to tell a well-rounded and accurate story — access to the referees, to the teams and to film the matches in a way I felt would be fair to everyone involved; the referees, players, coaches and fans. Meeting them and filming them in their down time, their interactions with each other, made me see them as people beyond the stern faces they have when they walk out of the tunnel and onto the field. Going into production, I had my wish list of sequences and access that I planned on requesting — for instance, microphones on the head referee during a match, locker room access, access to training, game analysis, home life, and more. When filming interviews for the feature, I asked a number of players and coaches what aspects of the referees they found most interesting, or misunderstood. Any of the more intrusive requests I made to Peter Walton and his staff — putting a lav microphone on a referee during a match or filming their home lives — were deferred to the individual referees.

Any of the more intrusive requests I made to Peter Walton and his staff — putting a lav microphone on a referee during a match or filming their home lives — were deferred to the individual referees. Every film has its own unique set of challenges. Meeting them and filming them in their down time, their interactions with each other, made me see them as people beyond the stern faces they have when they walk out of the tunnel and onto the field. The other key thing I learned was who the referees are as individuals. To each and every one of them, the main motivation behind their work at improving the quality of referees and the Professional Referee Organization is a shared love for the game. Time and again they brought up the accountability factor — they wanted to understand how, or if, referees are accountable for their performance. Perhaps what resonated most for me is the praise and comments from referees and family members of referees. While this one was a safer filming environment than some of my previous projects, there were many sets of challenges in obtaining access to the various elements I felt I needed to tell a well-rounded and accurate story — access to the referees, to the teams and to film the matches in a way I felt would be fair to everyone involved; the referees, players, coaches and fans.

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The level of measurements and data on nutrition, physical exertion, stress, and more, was amazing to witness.

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Any of the more intrusive requests I made to Peter Walton and his staff — putting a lav microphone on a referee during a match or filming their home lives — were deferred to the individual referees.

A closer look at the assigned PRO officials.

Then, of course, there is what I saw shine through in every interaction I had with the referees and PRO staff. I feel the film struck a nerve with soccer fans and non-fans alike. Ml them and filming them in their down time, their interactions with each other, made me see them as people beyond the stern faces they have when they walk out of the tunnel and onto the field.

The other key thing I learned was who the referees are as individuals. Being permitted to record referee training and on-field audio was a great amount of trust given to my production team, so naturally I felt a responsibility to present the material in as fair, and honest, a manner as possible.

Ethan Steinman delighted after release of behind the scenes film with PRO

When filming interviews for the feature, I asked a number of dalltonic and coaches what aspects of the referees they found most interesting, or misunderstood. I expected much daltlnic red tape than I encountered, but getting to camp and spending some time discussing my goals for the project, I feel, showed the PRO staff my vision and led to their cooperation.

The main ones that stuck with me were about accountability, their level of fitness and nutrition analysis, and that they are real people. Perhaps what resonated most for me is the praise and comments from referees and family members of referees.

I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the film and blown away by the viewership and public feedback.

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Having trouble viewing the video? Going into production, I had my wish list of sequences and access that I planned on requesting — for instance, microphones on the head referee during a match, locker room access, access to training, game analysis, home life, and more.

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Reading that they feel this film accurately represents the challenges they face made me feel this project was a success. While this one was a safer filming environment than some of my previous projects, there were many sets of challenges in obtaining access to the various elements I felt I needed to tell a well-rounded and accurate story — access to the referees, to the teams and to film the matches in a way I felt would be fair to everyone involved; the referees, players, coaches and fans.

I spent my first evening at the training camp watching a Gold Cup match with a group of PRO referees and staff, and was surprised and amused to hear a bartender explaining the rules of the game to these professionals. To each and every one of them, the main motivation behind their work at improving the quality of referees and the Professional Referee Organization is a shared love for the game.

I was pleasantly surprised. There were so many things I learned when filming this project.

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Time and again they brought up the accountability factor — they wanted to understand how, or if, referees are accountable for their performance.

Every film has its own unique set of challenges. Before beginning production, I only knew the short bios or articles written about the referees, but never understood them as well-rounded characters.

The daotonic day, I was granted full access. Naturally, fans seem to have been intrigued by the behind the scenes access. Having been given access to witness the game analysis that takes place at every PRO camp, I knew for certain that I was well on my way to addressing this angle in the film.