The Pro Football Hall of Fame wanted to create a special exhibit that would go beyond the usual collection of busts and historic artifacts. The Hollywood creative team they hired led by Ed Jones, the visual effects master who has the first two Star Wars sequels to his credit agreed."Thats part O J Simpson Jersey
of what we told them you have a lot of great stuff here, a lot of memorabilia,"Jones recalled. "Lets rev it up."A holograph of Joe Namath in a virtual locker room should rev things up.MORE: Cla s of 2015| Rare photos of Namath"Its an incredible technology,"Hall of Fame executive director David Baker told Sporting News after the Hall announced the exhibit, "A Game For Life,"to open in Canton July 15 in time for this years enshrinement ceremonies in August.To the best of anyones knowledge, none of the other major sports halls has anything like it."Itll be like Joe Namath is taking us through the locker room himself,"Baker said. "They did a great job with it. Its a great story were telling, and to have the history of Joe Namath right in front of you, its an incredible experience."How incredible? With a nod to the track record of the creative team, Baker added, "This is Luke Skywalker meets the NFL."Other legends who will be appearing in the virtual locker room will be the late Vince Lombardi and George Halas, and living Hall of Famers including Jim Brown, Jim Kelly, Curtis Martin and Steve Largent.MORE: Kelly's football story, told in photos Theexhibit will be part of the Halls $500 million Hall of Fame Village project that includes a new hotel, a youth sports complex and a major renovation of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium (formerly Fawcett Stadium), targeted toward a celebration of pro footballs 100th season in 2019.The holographs feed a theme that revolves around the greats telling visitors of the intimate bonds, experiences and le sons from being in so many locker rooms over the course Logan Thomas Jersey
of their careers, describing not only what made them great, but what made football great.All of which could be told in a traditional, theater-like setting, with a video screen and lockers and benches and helmets. No, both the Hall executives and the designers thought in this day and age, we can do much more.MORE: Trent Richardson still has Hall of Fame in mind"They wanted it to be a holographic experience and we said, Oh, we happen to know a few things about that,"said Jones, a 30-plus-year veteran of Hollywood special effects and president of the production company Immersive Artistry.Besides working on The Empire Strikes Back and "Return of the Jedi,"plus the Back to the Future, Terminator, Star Trek and Indiana Jones franchises, Jones has two Oscars for his roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Happy Feet. (He also brings serious sports cred: He was a visual effects supervisor for "Space Jam.")"We can help you with this,"Jones recalled telling Baker. We know what you want to do with this you want to tell your narrative in a different way."The two were of the same mind about the next evolution of places Jordan Poyer Jersey
like the Hall of Fame. "Id never been to the Pro Football Hall of Fame before,"Jones said. Its like a lot of museums not to knock it, but its static."Said Baker: Its not really just about old jerseys under gla s, helmets under gla s. Its about what they represent."What was mi sing until now, he added, was real intimacy.The holographic aspects, he added, makes this "the most interactive exhibit weve ever had, something the fans have never experienced."The exhibit will be constructed at Immersive Artistrys southern California studios, then torn down, shipped to Canton and reconstructed.MORE: Hall of Famer speaks out against NFLFar, far easier was getting Namath, now 73, to shoot his role. He Cardale Jones Jersey
was excited about it from the moment he was approached for it, Baker and Jones said, and he was prepared in every way, from wardrobe to lines to stamina for six hours of recording."He was the Hall of Famer that he truly is,"Jones said. Plus, he added and this might be a spoiler, but its also an obvious question he delivered one key line perfectly."He says it: I guarantee it,'"Jones said, laughing.