“The Timeline: Jersey Guys,” narrated by Jon Bon Jovi, premieres December 8th at 8:00pm/ET on NFL Network.
Click through the gallery above for behind the scenes pictures of the many shoots involved in the making of “The Timeline: Jersey Guys.” (Photos by Bethany Lowe and Ryan Kelly)
NFL Films Producers Ryan Kelly and Steve Lucatuorto have been working on production of “Jersey Guys” since April 2015. They spent the spring researching and setting up interviews, the summer doing interviews and shoots, and most of the fall was spent editing and putting together the final product. What were the producers’ challenges, and what were their favorite moments? Read below about how they brought this production to fruition:
“The hardest part of producing this show was putting together the humongous shoot for the big finale. Without giving away any spoilers, it took weeks of planning and a small army of a crew to pull it off, and I think when you watch the end of the film you’ll see that it was worth it.” – Ryan Kelly
“My favorite part of the project was getting to interview many of my heroes from my childhood. It was so much fun meeting them all. All of them were very nice and down to earth. Throwing the BBQ for the Moonachie Fire Department was a big thrill. The look on their faces were priceless” – Steve Lucatuorto
“Maybe it should come as no surprise that a film about New Jersey was produced almost entirely in New Jersey, but it was! Being able to jump in a van and drive an hour north on the Turnpike let us do more shoots and let us take more chances and be creative with the way we told the story.” – Ryan Kelly
“I’ve worked on several hour shows and documentaries but I have never directed or shot as much material as we did for Jersey Guys. I wish we had another hour because a lot of great stuff was left on the cutting room floor.” – Steve Lucatuorto
So what made the final cut? Jersey Guys tells the story of how for a long time, the New York Giants’ identity was clear. They were Yankee Stadium, Frank Gifford and the Big Apple, through and through. But their glory days felt far away in the mid-60s, when the franchise was struggling, so the team made an announcement: they were relocating to a football-specific, 80,000-seat stadium in New Jersey. It was a long, painful process marked by fits and starts and glimmers of hope that always seemed to be snuffed out.
Then the Giants hired Bill Parcells, a Jersey Guy to the core, who reshaped the team in his Garden State spirit. This film is about the seasons and games and how’s and why’s of the Giants’ unprecedented move out of New York. But it’s also about the spirit of the age in which the move happened, and how that spirit helped a football franchise enhance its own historic identity, when it captured and celebrated its first Super Bowl win.
TO SEE THE SURPRISE FINALE, WATCH “JERSEY GUYS” TONIGHT,
DECEMBER 8TH at 8:00PM/ET on NFL NETWORK
“JERSEY GUYS” IS PRODUCED BY
RYAN KELLY AND STEVE LUCATUORTO
“THE TIMELINE” IS PRODUCED BY
KEN RODGERS AND PAUL CAMARATA