‘Hard Knocks’ Directors Think COVID-19 Made NFL Show More Relatable Than Ever

“This season is as much about football as about Americans figuring out how to return to work,” NFL Films’ Tim Rumpff says

Season 15 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” didn’t require directors Tim Rumpff and Shannon Furman to completely rewrite the book on how to film the acclaimed NFL training camp docuseries, but COVID-19 did require them to rewrite several chapters.

“We knew things would be different since we were covering two teams instead of one,” Furman, who oversaw filming at the Los Angeles Chargers training camp in Costa Mesa while Rumpff led filming of the L.A. Rams training camp in Thousand Oaks, told TheWrap. “Then COVID-19 came and we had to change even further. We were under the same NFL safety protocols as the players and coaches and we had to make changes to where we positioned our cameras to keep our distance. We ended up relying a lot on Zoom meetings and cameras we had set up in the offices.”

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com