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EDITOR’S NOTE: Our NFL Films cinematographers strive to create visual poetry out of the unrelenting game of football. Check in every week to see our best shots from the weekend.
In most anything you see on screen, be it movies or on TV, the lighting of the scene is often one of the most overlooked yet most crucial elements that defines the subject. Lighting is shaped by where there is light, and where there is an absence of light, relying on that contrast to make something visually stunning. This constant battle of light vs. shadow was represented well in Week 5 of the NFL season, a particularly exciting weekend that unfolded beneath the kind of beautiful natural lighting that filmmakers labor to emulate.
Nothing proves this point more than the Cowboys versus Patriots game, where the Texas sun provided a backdrop that would make even the most seasoned movie directors drool. Under the vast windows of AT&T Stadium, Tom Brady’s pass to Julian Edelman on a seam route appeared illuminated as if in a video game: from the darkness to shadow to limelight as Edelman cut a path to an impressive touchdown.
This game of light versus dark is even highlighted in the uniforms of the players, with teams in white jerseys trying to overcome the full colors of their opposition. The Redskins looked like they may be heading towards the light against the undefeated Falcons in overtime, but Falcons CB Robert Alford brought them back down to earth with a game-winning interception return for a touchdown. Odell Beckham Jr. flashed his explosiveness, making the 49ers defensive-backs appear stone-footed as he scored on an impressive run after the catch, before celebrating his primetime moment by dancing under the lights. Even the Seahawks, clad in white amongst the orange sea of Bengals fans, couldn’t hold off Cincinnati, dressed in black, who would not be stopped as they rose from a 17 point deficit.
Lastly, we can’t end our Week 5 recap without giving props to the tight ends Tyler Eifert of Cincinnati and Gary Barnidge from Cleveland, who made catches that were among the best of the young season. Flashy catches are a sight to see, especially when a player uses quite literally all the limbs he has to score an incredible touchdown. As Eifert and Barnidge thrived under gorgeous light this weekend, it was NFL Films’ pleasure to be there capturing some great highlight reel material. As the season continues and teams start to fight for those coveted playoff spots, time will only tell who will stay in the light and who will fade to black.
If you like these shots, tune in watch even more of our cinematographer’s work on “Inside the NFL”, which airs this season Tuesday nights on Showtime at 8:00PM/ET and Wednesdays on NFL Network at 9:30PM/ET.