Earlier this week we chatted with Crooked Arrows’ Jamison Koesterer, who coaches the rival squad in the film (co-produced by Sports Studio).
If you’re a lacrosse fan you may know Koesterer as a two-time NCAA champion from Johns Hopkins. Or maybe you know him as a 2010 NLL champion or maybe you know him from screaming at his players at JHU as an assistant coach.
Either way, Koesterer brings his passion for Lax in this film in a big way and you’ll be able to see it on screen May 18th.
Sports Studio: Tell us the story of how you went from Sports Studio Lacrosse Consultant to THE quintessential bad guy in the movie.
Jamison Koesterer: It’s fairly simple. It happened when we were going through our 3 week training camp. It was a long and strenuous process trying to choreograph the plays and getting them from paper to real life execution on the field. I lost my cool a few times and started to get a little intense with the players, due to a lack of effort on their part.
The director, Steve Rash, witnessed what was going on and, after a few days, approached me and asked if I could read a few lines from the script. The rest is what you see in the film.
SS: You were there at the first Sports Studio casting event at the NCAA Final Four to the last day of filming, what was the coolest part about the whole process?
JK: Looking back on everything, the coolest part was the day to day operation. During filming you get caught up in your specific duty and job, making sure the players execute the scene that’s being shot. You don’t want to be the one who’s at fault if something goes wrong.
You miss out on all of the individuals running around fixing things, planning , organizing etc… Everyone from the 1st AD yelling every 20 seconds to the guy making coffee for the food tent has a job. It’s amazing what an operation making a movie is. When the camera is rolling there is no messing around.
JK: Only in my middle school play.
SS: Did any of the actors give you advice? Who gave you the best advice?
JK: Crystal Allen told me to be myself and pretend like no one is watching you.
SS:If we asked your players at Hopkins, how much acting would they say you’re doing as the ultimate villain coach?
SS: You also acted as a Sports Studio lacrosse consultant for the film. How different is it to create plays that work both on camera?
JK: Like night and day. There is so much more that goes into scripting a play for film. The script calls for this to happen, the director wants that to happen, the producers don’t like what the script says, the angle isn’t right, the camera won’t cover what the Director wants, etc…
You also have to create plays where things don’t go right. Turnovers, bad shots, hits, injury plays. All of those things happen by chance in real life. You don’t choreograph a concussion or broken arm. That was the most challenging part.
When you create a play in real life, it’s how can you utilize what you’re working with to generate the best possible opportunities. The idea is simple– score. No one cares what it looks like as long as the ball ends up in the back of the net.
JK: I know that (Sports Studio Coordinator) Coach Mark Ellis, Neal Powless and the players did a great job. No matter what happens with the film, I will always be proud of the Lacrosse we played last summer.
SS: What are your hopes for the film?
JK: My hope is that it attracts people who know nothing about Lacrosse. Those people will see what Lacrosse looks like along with an accurate account for the origin of the game– something I think is unfortunately getting lost with the growth of this Sport. It’s important for newcomers to understand where Lacrosse came from.
SS: Any acting aspirations in your future or are you staying with coaching in real life?
JK: They are two totally different lifestyles. Acting is a great challenge and a lot of fun, but there is nothing like being successful in a game that’s not scripted. It’s hard to replace the feeling of preparation/competing/winning. That being said, I will not throw out a script if it comes my way.
Sports Studio is extremely excited to share our first co-production effort with the world on May 18th and nationwide on June 1st. To find a theater near you click HERE.