Filmmaker Rigoberto Moran shares behind the scenes insight from his experience creating The Big Tell documentary ‘Little Big Gym’.

What was the filmmaking process like? 

The filmmaking process for “Little Big Gym” was a great experience. It was my first time taking on a sport documentary. It was rather difficult to shoot because of the hot weather, as it was filmed during the Valley’s hot summer months. Seeing the kids having a great time at the gym made the process fun and enjoyable.

The Big Tell filmmakers are provided a 1:1 mentorship with Emmy-nominated documentarian Sascha Brown Rice. How did Sascha help you with the filmmaking process?  

Sascha helped me with the filmmaking process by providing great editing strategies. For example, I didn’t realize there were scenes in my story’s timeline that could’ve been much stronger. By applying simple techniques such as adjusting the visuals and placing them right after the information was mentioned made a huge difference in my film.

What inspired you to create your film?

I’ve always wanted to cover a story in my hometown of Farmersville, where I grew up. Years ago, a relative of mine, who was a kid at the time, mentioned the gym to me. I thought it was a great thing to hear him say that he utilized the gym. Over the years, I would see kids jogging down Farmersville BLVD and realized that this gym is keeping kids of Farmersville active. Back in June of 2021, I met coach Danny Valdovinos and learned about the free “Leave No Kid Behind” program for kids. Seeing the kids working with Danny inspired me to create a film to share with the Central Valley.

What is one thing you hope people take away after watching your film?

I hope people are reminded that it’s important to give young kids opportunities and to encourage them along the way.