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Final Cut Editor Dean Gonzalez and Director Mark Teitelman Create Promos for NFL Network s Thursday Night Football"

Theatrical Promos Feature Iconic NFL Imagery by Modern Dance Company Pilobolus (December 22, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-12-22--Los Angeles, CA (December 22, 2008) -- Final Cut Editor Dean Gonzalez recently teamed up with Director Mark Teitelman to complete two breath-taking promos for the NFL Network's exclusive presentation of Thursday Night Football, featuring storied AFC rivalries (New England Patriots vs. New York Jets and Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos). Via fantastic integration of live-action NFL footage and the amazing choreography by the famed modern dance company Pilobolus, the theatrical promos render the lore and iconography that drive all the NFL's unscripted drama.

Set to rumbling tribal drums, "Patriots vs. Jets" kicks-off with a silhouetted war dance before performers disperse into the shape of a skull. Alluding to the infamous "Spy Gate" incident, an off-screen voice likens this gridiron rivalry to a script from Shakespeare's playbook, as the implicated head coaches, whom once shared the same sideline, face-off again as foes. To dramatize this infamous back-story, silhouetted dancers artistically perform a formal handshake turned knife-duel.  More drama unfolds as historic and contemporary footage of each team intermittently cuts alongside dancers forming impressive silhouettes of iconic NFL imagery such as the Jets and Patriots logos, the Vince Lombardi Trophy and more. The spot concludes with more NFL action projected on the stage curtain, as dancers converge into the shape of a football.

"Browns vs. Broncos" follows a similar theme, this time, rekindling the rivalry by reminding Browns fans of the heartbreaking AFC Championship loss sparked by John Elway's 98-yard touchdown march, famously known as "The Drive." Dancers contort into more iconic images including a savage pack of dogs (a theatrical nod to the Browns' household nickname "The Dog Pound"), as well as an uncanny silhouette of bucking Bronco.

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Drawing from his experience directing Monday Night Football broadcasts, Director Mark Teitelman spearheaded the conceptual promos, inspired by the Pilobolus performance at the 79th Annual Academy Awards ®. 

Editor Dean Gonzalez reflects, "the collaboration with Mark was a wonderful experience. He had a very clear vision for these promos. Drawing from his extensive NFL knowledge, he was able to create something very personal and integrated with the entire NFL culture as a whole."

Editorially speaking, the goal was to heighten promo's suspense and seamlessly integrate the dance sequences.

"The sheer artistry and athleticism of the Pilobolus dancers is incredible!" remarks Gonzalez. "Part of the fun in watching the spot is anticipating what the dancers are about to create. To enhance that sense of anticipation, we cut to close-ups of the dancers' legs, arms, and shoulders in action."  

Air Date:  Browns vs. Broncos 11/6/08,
Patriots vs. Jets 11/13/08

Editorial: Final Cut LA
Editor: Dean Gonzalez
EP: Saima Awan
Producer: Viet-An Nguyen

Production Company: MRB Productions
Director: Mark Teitelman
EP: Matthew Brady
Coordinating Producer: Brian Lockhart
Game Producer: Mark Loomis
Producer: Matthew Brady
Production Manager:  Brenda Bank 
Director of Photography:   Dave Daniel              
AC:  Mike Hamer 
Key Grip: Kit Venetto   
Creative Director:
Matt Kent
Executive Director:
Itamar Kubovy
Director of Production:
Beth Wills
Sarah Kirchner
Technical Director:
Chris Hudacs
Pilobolus Dancers:

Germaul Barnes
Karen Fuhrman
Stephanie Fungsang
Christopher Grant
Damon Honeycutt
Ari Loeb
Manelich Minniefee
Edwin Olvera
Lauren Yalango
Roberto Olvera
Josie Coyoc
Mariah Kraker

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