Fans that want to relive the New England Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX can now do so with a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The NFL Films production entitled ‘Road to the Super Bowl’ is now playing in the Lamar Hunt Theater. And as football fans know well, no one can do football highlights like NFL Films.
The Lamar Hunt Theater is a great place to watch NFL highlights. The Hall of Fame describes it as an ‘immersive visual and sound experience featuring a large 40-plus foot screen and 15-channel surround sound that allows fans to experience NFL action and the Super Bowl like never before’. The film was created especially for the Hunt Theater by NFL Films Senior Producer Margaret Ruffing Morris. She began work a week after the Pats knocked off the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl.
Ruffing Morris described the sensory experience of watching the film she created in the Hunt Theater: “Most of my work is just shown on television screens and even sometimes on the internet. So, it’s very very cool that it’s going to be on such an awesome screen and such a cool setting. The Hall of Fame, it doesn’t get any better than that!”
She’s not kidding. The “Road to the Super Bowl” is a two part film that starts with highlights of the full season. The theater then rotates 180 degrees and the Super Bowl XLIX highlights are shown on the large screen. One unique component of the film–no narration. Ruffing Morris explains: “I let music dictate my storytelling. I chose all the songs before I even began cutting the film. I scored this before editing it,” she noted. “I think that is a huge part of storytelling, the emotion that music can evoke in people.”
There’s a good chance that the film will end up on television or online at some point but it will be nothing like the experience of watching it in the state of the art Lamar Hunt Theater. It makes a trip to the Hall of Fame worth it all by itself.