Vulcan Community Awards

Charles A. Collat, Sr.

The Client

Every year, Vulcan Park and Museum hosts the Vulcans Community Awards as a way to recognize outstanding citizenship in various categories. Vulcan Park and Museum had been a longtime client with Starnes Publishing, so when they needed videos for their awards show, they knew that they could trust us to help them.

Vulcan Community Awards

The Project

For the event, Vulcan Park and Museum wanted 13 videos, each between two and three minutes long, featuring the award winners. There were three winners for all four categories, plus a Lifetime Achievement award, which went to Charles A. Collat, Sr., the UAB donor and Chair Emeritus of Mayer Electric Supply Company. While every winner received an award for a different purpose, we still needed to convey why their work fell into a particular category of recognition, whether it was for being a Hero, a Servant Leader, a Newcomer, or a Game Changer.

Vulcan Community Awards
Vulcan Community Awards

The Process

Vulcan Park and Museum scheduled interviews with all the award winners over three days of production. Each day, we filmed in the museum before it opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. and used a Civil Rights exhibit as the backdrop. A representative from Vulcan conducted the interviews, which covered a lot of territory about each person’s work. This provided us copious amounts of footage, which, on the one hand, created a lot of work for us during the editing process, but on the other hand, afforded us latitude when it came to selecting valuable sound bites.

Indeed, the editing process was arduous. Most of the videos followed a simple pattern of introducing the person, describing their work, and allowing them to share what they love about being part of the community. However, the editing process was also where each video really took shape. By following a simple pattern, each video is unique because of the color that each person adds to it.

On the night of the awards, we were really proud to see our work on display in association with such an esteemed group of Birmingham leaders. This project was a huge undertaking. It took three days of production and dozens of hours of editing to complete it. But sometimes clients have big projects, and this one serves to remind us that we understand what it takes to accomplish it.