Jane Hesler Has Been Making Super Bowl Footballs for 48 Years. She Had One Wish Before Retiring

Jane Hesler The Final Sitch stillmotion
Patrick Moreau and the team at stillmotion have been producing terrific sports videos for years now, and their latest is about Jane Hesler.

Jane has been working at the Wilson factory where Super Bowl footballs are made for the last 48 years, and she's had a hand in making footballs used in the championship game every one of those years. She's decided to hang up her stitching, but she had one last wish before retiring for good. Watch this wonderfully moving short video on Jane Hesler, affectionately known as Aunt Jane:

Shot on the RED EPIC with Canon Cinema primes, the team found out at the last minute that they had access to shoot on the field with Jane, and they had to scramble to get to Phoenix with no time to spare. It's one of those moments where everybody has to be working in sync together and there is no time to question anything — you've just got to be ready and do your best. The team eventually arrived in Phoenix early in the morning to shoot Jane, but another issue had come up: they needed inflation shots of the football due to the controversy with the Patriots — but they hadn't gotten any when they were shooting at the factory in Ohio. 

By keeping their heads and exploring every possibility, they got the shots they needed:

And then I spotted Dale, a super talented gaffer we’d worked with over a year ago on several different projects. He was in the middle of setting up for a different CBS project but was more than happy to grab us a couple lights, stands, stingers, and flags. We were off to the races.

When we challenged our assumptions we recreated the look of the factory in the middle of a convention center with a little help from our lenses, lights, and sound design.

 Head on over to stillmotion to read the rest of the post. It's a great lesson in not panicking and getting the shots you need with the tools you have by being creative.     

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Stories like this are the main reason I love being a filmmaker.

February 2, 2015 at 6:07AM

Michael Ciarlo

what a beautiful story. but did somebody else hate the off voice for this particular purpose? it made it sound so extremely commercial like. until the last second i thought they wants to sell me something made in the states...

February 2, 2015 at 8:10AM, Edited February 2, 8:10AM

Paul-Louis Pietz Pröve
director / dop / editor

Captain Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a great VO choice.

February 2, 2015 at 8:17AM


Would have been a greater climax if they would have let her walk on the field before the actual game started. But still beautiful.

February 2, 2015 at 11:35AM, Edited February 2, 11:35AM


Expertly executed. With one huge "But..."

I'm sorry but I have to agree with previous posters about the V.O. How can they get everything so right and get the V.O. casting so wrong? Couldn't Showtime supply them with V.O. talent?

February 2, 2015 at 3:18PM, Edited February 2, 3:18PM

Jorge L. Molinari
Mechanical Engineer / Family Man / Video Producer


February 2, 2015 at 6:36PM

Torsten Pearson

I have an idea that will help her and millions or billions of us get back on the field for every game.
I would like Youtube, Vimeo or Any Video Streamer online to Partner with the Professional Sports Leagues, such as the NFL and put POV cameras on every player's helmets, so that Aunt Jane and the rest of us can Be in the games too.

We could pick the point of view of any player and in a way, be that player. Do you guys want this too? Share my idea guys, if you want it to happen. シ ...or maybe it happened already.

February 3, 2015 at 1:54AM, Edited February 3, 1:54AM

Jonathan R. Holeton
Creative Director of MindWave Studios - VFX Artist - Actor