Our day with “Delly”
Recently in this NBA offseason, we were invited by Spalding to shoot a behind the scenes look at their new range for 2016/17 with NBA champion and all-round Aussie legend Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova, or “Delly” as his fans know him, is a small-town basketballer from Maryborough who has been making waves on the world stage. Known for his tough, aggressive style of play, he was a vital member of 2016 NBA Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers along with stars like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
His season was strong enough to attract some huge offers, with Delly joining the Milwaukee Bucks on a 4 year deal worth more than $50 million.
Far from the hype of the NBA in Cleveland or Milwaukee, Delly joined us in a photography studio in a quiet street in South Yarra. With the NBA Championship trophy in tow, and sporting his new signature “Delly-1“ shoes, he showed off his new Bucks kit, and answered some questions for us about his career so far.
The affable Delly didn’t seem fazed after attending radio shows, a presentation at Federation Square and jet-lag from the Rio Olympics.
We had the job of shooting a short behind the scenes video of the photoshoot (great for us as it meant all our lighting was already taken care of) as well as asking Delly a few questions for Spalding’s social media. Delly was basking in the glow of his recent Championship success, and was more than happy to help us out with some ball spinning and creative dribbling to get some good shots for us.
Our job also involved cutting together a “hype reel” for Spalding, so we endeavoured to have as much movement and energy as possible in our filming, including crash zooms, focus racks and handheld shots. We also did our best to creatively work with our limitations (namely avoiding getting in the way of the photographer and his lights) to get some interesting shots.
Delly was very generous with his time, asking plenty of questions about the process, and we even learned a few new things about him, like his obsession with the board game Settlers of Catan.
All in all it was great to mix with one of the big names of Australian sport, especially one as refreshingly down to earth and humble as Delly.