If you just watched the Super Bowl, you missed one of the best parts of the story! Yes it was a great game, but this story by the good folks at @stillmotion will warm your heart and maybe even make you cry a little (it did for me).
We never think of all the people who go into making something like the NFL happen. I often think about the referees who pretty much go nameless but yet contribute so much to the game. I also think about the helpers on the sidelines bringing water to the players… they don’t get any credit.
But imagine the woman who makes the footballs? Never would I have thought about her.
I’ll never think about the game the same way and I bet you won’t either.
The Final Stitch. How A Super Bowl Football Is Made
Via Vimeo Description:
A timely feature about the football making process featuring Jane Hesler, a wonderful lady who has had her in hands in the making of every single Super Bowl football since the tradition began 48 years ago.
This is the story of her journey to see where her life's work spends the rest of its life making history.
Thanks to Showtime for letting us share this here.
Pete and Gareth for giving us the opportunity to put this together.
And to Andre Braugher for lending his voice to Aunt Jane's story.
Shot on the Red Epic with Canon Cinema Primes.
For the story behind this film, and our ideas on – How To Make A Good Story Great – head on over to our blog stillmotionblog.com/goodtogreat
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD STORY GREAT. A SUPER BOWL FEATURE.
Our first step in any story is to hit the ground and do our pre-production. Grant drove a few hours into the small town of Ada, Ohio. The place where every NFL football is made, which was the basis of the story.
He walked all over town to take photos, meet people. He stopped at local watering holes, and got a feel for the town. In his research he met Aunt Jane.
And this is when the magic happened.
She’s a very unassuming and sweet woman who spent 48 years stitching footballs for the Wilson factory in town. Aunt Jane has had a hand in making footballs for each of the Super Bowls. Ever. All of them.
And she also shared her dream with us.
For the near half-century that she had worked at Wilson factory she longed to walk out on the field where her life’s work spends the rest of its life making history. The fact that the balls she made have been used in every Super Bowl just didn’t feel real to her–and walking on that field was the one thing that she felt would make everything she’s done mean so much more.
This was one of our first fox-chicken-seed moments of the shoot.
Read full article at Stillmotion “How to Make a Good Story Great. A Super Bowl Feature”
(cover photo credit: snap from Stillmotion)