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On Location in Alabama: A Conversation with Paul Garnes, Executive Producer of “Selma” (Part Two)

With only 10 days left until the Oscars, “Selma” stands proudly as one of the most successful (and impactful) films of the year.

Paul Garnes, an Atlanta-based Executive Producer of the film and long-time collaborator with director Ava DuVernay, was kind enough to take a few minutes to discuss the filmmaking process—and how “Selma” was (partially) Made in Alabama.

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On Location in Alabama: A Conversation with Paul Garnes, Executive Producer of “Selma” (Part One)

“Selma” isn’t just a Best Picture nominee at this year’s Academy Awards. It’s one of the most successful and widely resonant films of the year.

And much of the film—including two of the most prominent scenes—was filmed on location right here in Alabama, both in Selma and Montgomery.

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The 2021 World Games: The Next Step Toward a New Birmingham

Last week, the eyes of the sports (and marketing) world were watching Boston unveil its bid video for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Meanwhile, Birmingham was on the verge of pulling off a coup.

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20 Years of Big Communications

We often find ourselves with our heads up or our nose to the grindstone, so it’s not often that you’ll catch many of us looking back.

On occasion, however, the passing of time sneaks up and slaps you in the face, and you have no choice but to turn around and realize what’s happening: We’re turning 20.

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Bigger Than Sports: Lars Anderson on The Storm And The Tide

Birmingham-based author/journalist Lars Anderson is one of the most prolific sports writers in the country. But The Storm And The Tide isn’t a sports story.

Sure, the University of Alabama football players and coaches are some of the central figures of the book, but it’s deeper than that. Anderson’s account of the events and aftermath of the devastating April 27, 2011 tornado paints a universal picture that anyone can relate to—not just Southerners or football fans.

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A Look Back at the 2014 Veterans Day Parade

Birmingham’s Veterans Day Parade is an event near and dear to our hearts.

Of course, not everyone received a day off from work, and lots of folks couldn’t make it to Downtown Birmingham for this year’s parade. But thankfully it went right past our front door, so we had one of the best seats on the block.

Check out some of our photos from the parade, shot by our very own Ali Clark. And head to our Facebook page to see the full gallery.

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Veterans Day 2014: See You At The Parade

Many cities have a Veterans Day Parade. But Birmingham has the Veterans Day Parade.

Yes, Veterans Day began right here in the Magic City, thanks to the efforts of one Raymond Weeks.

A WWII veteran and Birmingham native, Weeks led a delegation to Washington D.C. in 1945 to encourage then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower to create a national holiday honoring all of our country’s veterans. In 1954, President Eisenhower did just that.

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Auburn Taps Big Communications for Outstanding Service Award

School honors decorated creative team with strong Auburn roots

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Oct. 31, 2014) — Auburn University’s School of Industrial and Graphic Design honored Birmingham-based Big Communications with a special award that recognized the accomplishments of the firm’s creative team, which is packed with Auburn design graduates.

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Culture Rules Everything Around Me

What we learned from the Digiday Agency Summit in Austin, Day Two

Agencies love to pride themselves on their culture. And for good reason. When you compare what it’s like to work in a creative environment versus a corporate one, you get it. It’s thrilling. No two days are the same. You never do the same thing twice. Guys ride skateboards in banana suits. It’s almost always stimulating.

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Content is Anybody’s Game

What we learned from the Digiday Agency Summit in Austin, Day One

Before we get to the good stuff, let me say this: It’s nice to be one of the only small shops in the room. Not simply because of the access to information, but truthfully, for the chance to listen to how big companies talk to each other. They do big, sexy, expensive things, and it’s incredible. But what they talk about pulling off – integration, wholly-produced work, cross-channel production – are the things that small shops do every day. Content is a great example of this. Read More