I’m very proud to announce the debut of “Hammer of Tor”, a new short documentary directed by Ben Younger, who wrote and directed Boiler Room and Prime, featuring up and coming New York City heavyweight Tor Hamer (7-0, 6KOS).
Click here to check it out, and if you’re interested in the behind the scenes read on after the jump.
I met Ben ten years ago in WIlliamsburg and we’ve been friends and poker rivals since. In the last year and a half No Mas has begun to produce shortform sports documentary video. As part of our “Undercard” series we’ve been chronicling the rise of Tor Hamer, a heavyweight with an unusual pedigree for a fighter–private high school in New York City and a degree from Penn State. I love the intimate feel of the gritty one camera shorts we’ve been producing ourselves, but I was curious about what a more experienced director, armed with some more production resources could do with such a fascinating subject.
I immediately thought of Ben and he said he would be down to do it as long he got complete access to Tor around the fight. With the blessing of promoter Lou DiBella and Tor’s permission we got total entrÃ©e. Ben brought in the amazing Darren Lew as the director of photography, and our own Nick Strini ran the two camera. We shot the whole piece in 24 hours, visiting Tor the night before the fight, spending the day at his house, traveling down to BB King’s, waiting with him in the dressing room in the final anxious moments before the fight, getting our cameras right up on the ring apron for the knockout, and witnessing the post-fight celebrations.
Ben tapped phenom editor Zac Stuart-Pontier to help him put the piece together and the results as you can see for yourself were amazing (our friend Jason Mcdonald’s incredible photos found a home in the end credits).
We showed the finished product to Playboy editor Jimmy Jellinek, who had also commissioned our piece on Dominican prospect impresario Edgar Mercedes. Jellinek loved it and picked up “Hammer of Tor” to run on Playboy.com’s new reportage section–Dossier.
All in all, an amazing experience and a landmark moment for No Mas and NoMasTV.
Thank you and congratulations to those mentioned above and everyone else who helped make it happen (full credits are at the end of the video).