Mug shot.

The movie, “The Big Year,” generated a big year’s worth of pent-up interest among birders.

Now it’s out. And our coffee cup is in it, logo and all. Thanks Hollywood camera guy; we appreciate it.

The scene in which our mug is seen lasts only seconds, so it’ll be missed by most people.

But birders, who are used to spotting things quickly, are seeing it. We’ve heard from a few who said “way to go,” and some who wondered how the mug made it onto Jack Black’s night table.

It started when we went to see Steve Martin’s banjo concert on a summer night more than a big year ago.

Between songs, he said he was leaving for Canada to shoot a movie about bird watching.

Everyone laughed. The old stereotype dies hard, in spite of what we’ve been trying to say around here.

I mentioned Martin’s movie to a friend in PR, and she saw a possible tie-in between two-fisted bird watching and the athletic hijinks of a big year.

As a freebie favor, she called the movie people. They were straight-away interested in our cup for “set dressing.” They asked for some other logo items, too, like T-shirts.

We had no illusions about any of these things making an on-screen appearance, and didn’t really give a damn. On the other hand, we liked the book that the movie was based on, and admired the guys who did that big year.

One of them, Sandy, comments here from time to time, and that’s an honor. We also like Steve Martin’s banjo playing. So we sent the stuff off.

Our mug got a bit of face time, but most people won’t see it. What they will see, though, is a pretty good movie.

9 Responses to “Mug shot.”

  1. norm schaefer says:

    Mike- Wow! Thats great! Now I have to see the flick……norm

  2. sandy komito says:

    It’s nice to learn you actually read some of my comments.

    Love your writing style.

  3. Donna says:

    What a kick to see your logo on the big screen. How does one get one of those coffee mugs?

  4. Maria T. says:

    The biggest bird I can find is a – – – – – – – in the – – – – – section, the entry called “- – – – – – – – -.” Hope I’m right and get chosen this time!

    Will watch for the mug in The Big Year movie – pretty cool.


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  6. Rob L says:

    Way to go! If Steve Martin read TFBW I bet he’d like it as much as you like his banjo playing. I can’t wait to see it on the big screen! Yippee! Can’t hold a great thing down. That’s what’s up.

  7. Marc D. says:

    That mug will be seen all over the world, wherever American movies are shown. Hawk-eyed bird watchers will see it.

  8. Patty says:

    “THE Big Year”!

  9. Patty says:

    Love the promo shot! I also enjoyed a Steve Martin concert last spring, where he mentioned filming “One Big Year” last summer. (His newest CD is based on “bird” themes, and is fantastic!) Everyone gave a polite laugh, and I realized that I was probably the only one there who read the book!