Behind the story of Think Auburn

Several key players with Auburn ties were involved in the making of the Think Auburn TV spot. Below are bios and interviews with those whose work was integral to making this year’s public service announcement possible.

Danny Clark (Colorist)

Danny is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Auburn with a degree in Finance and Radio, Television and Film, he landed his first job at Turner Broadcasting where he worked his way up from tape room operator to flame assist to compositor/colorist. He now works for one of the most successful film production companies in the country, Tyler Perry Studios, as a full-time colorist.

Michael Davis (Composer)

Mike Davis is the founder and president of Digital Audio Post, Nashville, Tennessee - one of the most respected audio post-production facilities in the Southeast for sound design, live concert mix to picture and ADR mixing for the television, film and music industries. Mike’s client list includes, among others, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Wyclef Jean. He composed the music for such TV shows as “Access Hollywood” and “Dr. Phil” and performed and toured with recording artists Steve Wariner, Ricky Van Shelton and Dolly Parton, with whom he continues to work. Mike attended Auburn as a music theory and composition major.

Rudy Gaines (Story Consultant)

Rudy Gaines has spent his life working in the arts, principally in theater and film. Most notably as a screenwriter, Rudy contributed to such films as “Blown Away” with Jeff Bridges and Tommy Lee Jones and “Silver Surfer” and “Fantastic Four” with 21st Century Fox. His short film “The Last Real Cowboys” with Billy Bob Thornton is in development as a feature. His current project iMordecai, starring Judd Hirsch and Carol Kane, is slated to shoot in November in Miami. Rudy worked as director with Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio on the PBS film, “The Crackerman,” which won the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival. As an instructor, Rudy has taught advanced screenwriting at the top film school UNC School of the Arts. After living in New York City and Los Angeles (twice), he now calmly resides in Durham, North Carolina with his wife, Courtney, and their 9-year-old son, Yofti. Rudy graduated from Auburn with a degree in theater.

Michael O'Neill

Michael is a veteran film and television actor best known for his roles in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013), “Transformers” (2007) and “Seabiscuit” (2003). He has had recurring roles on several television series such as “Shooter,” “Scandal,” “Rectify,” “Bates Motel,” “Extant” and “Necessary Roughness,” to name a few. He graduated from Auburn with a degree in economics.

Last updated: September 05, 2019