Art Uncovered - NFL Films

Premiere DateSep 25, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
02:14 Michael Oriard Interview pt. 1
04:18 They Call it Pro Football NFL Films
04:40 Michael Oriard Interview pt. 2
05:58 Jenny's Theme Folk Implosion
06:21 Michael Oriard Interview pt. 3
10:02 Crash Folk Implosion
10:19 Michael Oriard Interview pt. 4 15:45 I Don't Want to Play Football Belle and Sebastian
16:37 David Little Interview pt. 1
20:12 Take a Trip Utah Smith
20:50 David Little Interview pt. 2
25:52 Telephoto Lens The Bongos
26:12 Finish

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

John Facenda, the “Voice of God”

Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887

Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935

Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936


Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…