TCU students assist in production of Netflix’s ‘Cheer’

first_imgKatherine Griffith Facebook Twitter Winter storm benefits businesses around TCU Spring athletes get another year of eligibility ReddIt Reservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Second phase of Fort Worth Zoo renovation project to open in mid-April Katherine Griffith printNetflix’s new docu-series, “Cheer,” hassparked national attention, and four TCU alumni had the chance to assist in itsproduction.Weston McFarlin, Jacque Murdoch, JackFeltgen and Nathan Dalton worked as production assistants for the documentarythat highlighted the Navarro College cheer team’s road to the 2019 NationalChampionship.   In order to work as a production assistant on “Cheer,” McFarlin said you need to be “a jack of all trades.”“On a show like this, you assist alldepartments as needed,” McFarlin said. “This position allows you to jump inhead first and learn the ins and out of production.” Feltgen cheering during a TCU football game. Photo courtesy of Jack Feltgen.Workingin multiple areas of production allowed the students to meet many TV industry professionalsand network in their field.Feltgen, a former TCU cheerleader, saidnetworking was one of the most influential aspects of working on the show. “The TV industry is very competitive and you don’t always get to choose what you are working on depending on the market you are in,” McFarlin said. Navarro College is known for its cheer team’s success. Located in Corsicana, Texas and led by Monica Aldama, the team has 14 National Championships and five Grand National Championships.The documentary shows the team’spractices and interviews athletes about the challenges they faced throughoutthe season and what brought them to Navarro.This documentary, as well as the athletes featured, is earning attention at the national level, including appearances on well-known talk shows like “Ellen.”“The reception has been incrediblyvalidating for all of the hard work and long hours every single crew member putinto this project,” McFarlin said. Cress with teammate Dillon Brandt, an athlete featured in the show. Photo courtesy of Hunter CressHunter Cress, a junior flyer on the TCUco-ed cheerleading squad, competed in high school with several of the athletesfeatured in the show at Cheer Athletics. “I think people were so drawn to the documentary, because it completely broke the stereotype of cheerleaders that so many people have,” Cress said. “It showed the world what cheerleading is actually like and opened the eyes of many people.”Feltgen said the intended message of thedocumentary was to “bring transparency and credibility to the competitivecheerleading world.”“Seeing all of my former teammates on Netflix and The Ellen Show made me so happy for them,” Cress said. “Knowing them personally made me feel like I was a part of their journey. They were able to represent not only the Navarro cheer team, but cheer teams across the world as well.”McFarlin said thedocumentary was “a defining project of the beginning of my career that willalways have a special place within me.” Facebook Katherine Griffith Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Trump signs USMCA; Brexit backed by ParliamentNext articleWhat we’re reading: Coronavirus fear strikes cruise ship, Texas teen awarded scholarship from Ellen Katherine Griffith RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Twitter Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith + posts TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

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