Football on Film

Published on website: February 01, 2013
Categories: 16mm , Matt Stoffel , Television , The StoryBoard Blog

Few can build more tension than a field level camera focused on a tight spiral in slomo as the receiver enters the frame with arms stretched to connect. Since 1962 NFL Films has been capturing and archiving over 100 million feet of 16mm motion picture film. Over the course of the season, cinematographers and camera crews will add millions more.

In doing so they have amassed 107 Emmy® awards recognizing their brilliant approach to the larger-than-life portrayal of a game. Seven weekly programs, like "Inside the NFL", and more than 10 specials pull footage for broadcast. I guess it goes without saying that the crew at NFL Films is nothing short of amazing!

That same crew takes to the locker room tunnels, sidelines, and press box this Sunday to cover the big game. Nineteen 16mm cameras will cover the action shooting KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film, KODAK VISION3 200T Color Negative Film, and KODAK VISION3 250D Color Negative Film.

Good luck, and can't wait to see the footage!

Be sure to check their blog for behind the scenes articles specifically for cinematographers. You can also learn more at the NFL Films official site. and by following @NFLFilms on Twitter

UPDATE 2/4/2013

KODAK VISION3 500T for all your variable lighting conditions!

Rochester sports reporter John Kucko tweeted this closeup of an NFL Films cinematographer's camera angle last night with a shout out to the late Steve Sabol; a pioneer and true master of filmmaking.