Behind-The-Scenes of “The Merger” Museum

Behind the Scenes, Bethany Lowe, Featured, In the Studio, Joe Zucco, Phil Gushue, Sneak Peek, The Timeline

“The Timeline: The Merger,” hosted by Rich Eisen, premieres December 24th after Thursday Night Football on NFL Network.

“During an early production meeting to map out the episode, ‘The Timeline’ show heads Ken Rodgers and Paul Camarata challenged us to tell the story in a more visually interesting way, since not much footage exists from the era documenting the off-field events that were so important to this historic agreement.” –Dave Plaut, NFL Films Producer

‘The Merger’ Producers came up with a creative way to tell the story of the merging of the NFL and the AFL by creating a “museum” full of historical photos, videos, and memorabilia. Look through the photos below for a behind-the-scenes look of the multi-day shoot and the creation of the museum in our studio.

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PHOTOS BY BETHANY LOWE

 

“Usually when you see footage of the NFL and AFL in the 1960’s, it is in a Mad Men style motif, which represents the time well, but it had been done before and we wanted to do something different.” –Joe Zucco, NFL Films Producer

“The museum is a showcase of images from the past 50 years depicting the people who were responsible for the 1966 Merger and those who’ve since followed to build on the growth of the NFL.  Besides photographs, there are also old magazines, books, football cards, bobbleheads and figurines from the mid 1960s when the merger took place.” –Dave Plaut

“We wanted to have a cohesive ‘look’ throughout the show, tying 6 very different segments together. It was also a new way to show some of our archival footage and photos.  We wanted to contrast the archival footage with a clean-modern look.” –Joe Zucco

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Director/Producer Joe Zucco talks to the crew on set of the museum.

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The Replica Joe Namath fur coat that was on exhibit in the ‘museum.’

 

“The replica Joe Namath fur coat was hard to get. That was a last minute idea, but I think it really adds to the depth of the ‘Museum.’” –Joe Zucco

 

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Cinematographer Phil Gushue captures solo shots of photographs as Director/Producer Joe Zucco and Editor/Creative Director Dave Stiles look on.

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Designers Chris Jones (pictured) and Beau Kegler (not pictured) printed, framed, and arranged over 100 photos to be filmed.

Cinematographer Phil Gushue

Cinematographer Phil Gushue captures the exhibits and a glass panel on set that was used for special effects in post production.

“The Merger” highlights one of the biggest moments on the NFL timeline; the riveting story of the unprecedented merger between the well-established National Football League and the upstart American Football League, giving birth to the modern-day NFL. The merger also created the uniquely American spectacle called the Super Bowl, which transformed sports and culture in America.

This story is a message for today: When you put aside ideology and self-interest for compromise and collaboration, you can achieve something great.

As told by James Brown (CBS), Jeremy Schaap (ESPN), Melissa Stark, Jeffri Chadiha and Mark Kriegel (NFL Media), and hosted by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.

TO SEE HOW WE USED THIS ‘MUSEUM’ IN THE SHOW, WATCH “THE MERGER,”
DECEMBER 24TH AFTER TNF ON NFL NETWORK

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“THE MERGER” IS PRODUCED BY
JOE ZUCCO, DAVE PLAUT, GREG SMITH, AND GREG FRITH

“THE TIMELINE” IS PRODUCED BY
KEN RODGERS AND PAUL CAMARATA

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