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Making of War Eagle Moment: Alaska

How do you turn Alabama into Alaska?

Step one: Find a gorgeous location with a lake and mountains.
Step two: Find alumni with float planes willing to help recreate a special moment.
Step three: Add snow.

You end up with "faked" Alaska, a beautiful composite of Alabama and Alaska.

Behind the Scenes Photos

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Guntersville Sunset Guntersville Sunset Guntersville Sunset Lake sunrise Lake sunrise Set Preparation Set Preparation Straight float Cesna Straight float Cesna
Straight float Cesna Practicing Getting the angles right Actors talking Actors talking Getting the set ready Writing in journal Writing in journal Writing in journal
Set overview Set overview Set overview Set overview Set overview Sea Bee landing Sea Bee landing Sea Bee landing Sea Bee landing
Sea Bee Set from the Sea Bee Set from the Sea Bee Set from the Sea Bee Set from the Sea Bee Set from the Sea Bee Cockpit of Sea Bee The set and crew Kirkpatricks
Jessica Jessica It's a wrap! Filming in Alaska David and Wayne David


Special Thanks

Michael Kirkpatrick '81, location host and owner of the1953 Cessna 180 on straight floats
Hope Kirkpatrick, location host
Wally Kirkpatrick, location host
Bill Shaver, owner and pilot of the1947 Republic Seabee
Metro PictureWorks
Wannabe Films
The Cast
-Michael Kirkpatrick '81 - Auburn dad
-Jessica Perry - Auburn daughter
-Luke Leonard '93 - Alaska fisherman The Crew
Dr. Neil Schaffner who inspired the commercial with his own float plane moment in Wolverine Creek, Alaska.
Lake Guntersville State Park

Share your War Eagle Moment

Hundreds of alumni and fans shared their War Eagle Moments with us over the past few years, and "War Eagle Moment: Alaska" is the latest in a series of commercials.

We want to hear your War Eagle moment. What's the most surprising, interesting, or funny moment someone has called out "War Eagle" to you? The story you submit may become part of our Auburn University advertising campaign. Submit your stories to moment@auburn.edu