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Sidewalk Talks: An Interview with Daniel Scheinert (Part 2)

“There’s not many other folks making movies in L.A. from Alabama. As far as stories that I can tell, that folks haven’t heard before, stories about Alabama keep coming up again and again.”

In honor of the 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival on August 26-28, we’re publishing a series of interviews with Birmingham filmmakers that are featured in this year’s festival. This week is Part 2 of an interview with Daniel Scheinert, co-writer/co-director of Swiss Army Man, that was originally conducted for a feature in Birmingham Magazine’s August issue. Catch up with Part 1 here.

Swiss Army Man will be screening Sunday, August 28 at 12:50pm at the Alabama Theatre.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity, News

Sidewalk Talks: An Interview with Daniel Scheinert (Part 1)

“They found us more than we found them. We were just making anything and everything we could.”

In honor of the 18th annual Sidewalk Film Festival on August 26-28, we’re publishing a series of interviews with Birmingham filmmakers that are featured in this year’s festival. First up is Part 1 of an interview with Daniel Scheinert, co-writer/co-director of Swiss Army Man, that was originally conducted for a feature in Birmingham Magazine’s August issue. Jump to Part 2 here.

Swiss Army Man will be screening Sunday, August 28 at 12:50pm at the Alabama Theatre.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity

Wakin’ & Bakin’: A Sloss Fest Brunch For the Ages

When you have a music festival in July, you gotta recharge at the halfway point.

And that’s exactly what we did this past Sunday when our friends at Feast & Forest here on 2nd Avenue North were kind enough to host Big’s inaugural Wake & Bake Brunch.

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How to Design for Print: Three Ways to Stand Out

In our digital world of responsive web pages, paper seems a bit, well, archaic.

Between Snapchat, Twitter, tablets, Apple watches, and apps, choosing print over digital in the world of advertising can seem like a choice made only by someone who is living in the dark ages.

Thankfully for this print lover, that’s not the case. And in an effort to continue our quest as masters of our craft, we set up a “lunch and learn” here at Big just for our graphic designers with one of our favorite print reps and paper reps to talk specifically about designing for print.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity

Nine Tips for Building a Better Résumé

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 7.9 million people that are unemployed.

That’s a lot of people! So when it comes time to begin your career, you have to make your résumé stand out.

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BIG Happenings, Creativity

CMT Awards Honors Music Video Produced By One of Big’s Own

For the first time in, well, maybe ever, Big Communications has a serious dog in the fight at the CMT Music Awards.

Updated June 9, 9:15am: “Die A Happy Man” won Male Video of the Year! It did not win Video of the Year, though, but those YouTube hits keep climbing.

Chances are you’ve heard Thomas Rhett’s massive hit “Die A Happy Man” by now, seeing as it’s up to 58 million YouTube views, gone platinum, spent six straight weeks atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart (the first song to do so since 2008), and brought home major awards left and right*.

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Creativity, News

All Eyes On Red Mountain: Schaeffer Eye Center Unveils Sculpture

Notice anything different on Red Mountain Expressway today? How about a gigantic pair of glasses?

Throughout the past couple days, crews have mounted the glasses on a billboard, based on a new sculpture at Red Mountain Park. The project is the brainchild of optometrist Dr. Jack Schaeffer of Schaeffer Eye Center – with some Big design magic.

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Ten Questions with Birmingham Hammers President/Co-Founder Morgan Copes

Attention citizens of Birmingham: We have a professional soccer team.

This Saturday, the Birmingham Hammers begin their inaugural 13-game campaign in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), where they’ll compete with neighboring teams like the New Orleans Jesters, Nashville FC, Georgia Revolution, and Knoxville Force.

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Creativity

Behind the Brand: Zyp Bikeshare

It’s spring in Birmingham. This weekend, people will don their sandals and sunglasses and make for a downtown café or park in the sun.

But instead of hopping into a car, many will cruise over on a Zyp bike

You may have seen these lime green beauties around town for a few months now, but recently they’ve become the preferred mode of transportation, thanks to the warm weather and sunshine. 

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Observations From An Accomplished Public Speaker: Billy Ivey at TEDx Samford

I think it was Stephen King who said, “the only criteria for being able to call yourself a writer is to have written.”

Well, then, I’m a writer. It even says so on my LinkedIn profile. And using that same logic, I can also proudly announce that I am an accountant, a baseball player, a landscape architect, and an accomplished public speaker.

Last week, I gave a TED talk. It wasn’t really a TED talk; it was a TEDx talk. Only it wasn’t really a TEDx talk; it was a TEDxSamfordU talk. But I gave a TED talk, so there.

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