Last Tuesday, Steve Sabol — the long-time president, filmmaker and creative force behind NFL Films — passed away at 69. According to football historian and former Kansas City Chief Michael Oriard, Sabol “created the way we see and watch football today.” This week on the show I talk with Oriard about how NFL Films invented a new visual language for sports highlight films.
Later in the show, photography curator David Little discusses how sports are intertwined with the history of film and photography. David says that the visual techniques we take for granted in today’s sports broadcasts were pioneered by photographers and filmmakers, like Eadward Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, and Leni Reifenstahl.An early NFL Films classic They Call it Pro Football. Watch more here
Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887
Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935
Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936
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