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Guardians of the Galaxy rewind time by breathing new life into cassettes

26 Oct

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Don’t be fooled. Actors don’t make good movies great. Nor do directors, producers or special effects teams. It’s all in the music. Don’t believe me? This interesting BBC4 documentary series proves it.

And, one film that’s made the most of its soundtrack is this year’s Marvel sensation: Guardians of the Galaxy.

Featuring 10cc’s I’m Not in Love, Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling and Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, these songs enhance viewers’ overall experience just as much as the star-studded cast. So, it’s not surprising that Disney‘s keen to give a nod to the score by releasing it on cassette.

Yes, you heard me. Head into the attic and dust off your Walkman. Dumped yours years ago? (No one would blame you. After all, they’re 37 years old.) Instead you can look one up on eBay from as little as Β£10.

Disney’s PR and marketing stunt pays homage to the film’s storyline, where lead superhero Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) enjoys listening to a classic mixtape created by his mother.

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Set to be released next month, this is the mega brand’s first compilation tape since 2003. To create a buzz, Disney’s announced that the cassette will be a limited edition, sold exclusively through independent music retailers and will be sold with a free digital download. So, in my (PRime Time) eyes, it’s done everything right… apart from one thing.

It’s risked compromising its success by waiting until after the mixtape’s vinyl, CD and digital releases. Despite the pre-launch announcement securing write-ups in Shortlist, The Guardian and Billboard, the scope for dominating publicity has been missed.

From planting a giant cassette near an iconic landmark and organising pop-up Walkman audio booths in public areas to trailing competition clues across social media sites to raise awareness and creating an app that gives smartphone and tablet users the look, feel and sound of a cassette, the ideas list is endless. But, I can’t help thinking at that this stage – post soundtrack launch and pre DVD release – it carries the whiff of ‘afterthought’ – a fragrance that no brand wants to smell like.

Anyway that’s just my opinion. What do you think? Do I need to rewind?

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Can Brit bloggers turn on the BBC?

15 Oct

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US bloggers are hogging the limelight right now – broadcaster CBS has bought the rights to transform Tumblr blog Hollywood Assistants into a TV comedy series called 20-Nothings, according to digital and social media newsfeed Mashable. If you’ve not had a look before, do – this video and picture led blog is very tongue in cheek and lends itself to comedy.

It’s not the first time this has happened. Comedy S*** My Dad Says, featuring William Shatner, started life as a Twitter feed which hit the silver screen in 2010. Across the pond, us Brits have also had a fair crack at turning our blogs into books and series: Secret Diary of a Call Girl, most notable.

But, with more blogs grabbing producers and writers’ attention, their authors are the key to producing the subtlest form of reality TV – one that the audience doesn’t even know they’re watching. A programme motivated by an average individual’s life, passions and motivations.

From PC to TV, this is a fantastic achievement for social media. Not only can this medium raise brand awareness, it also raises ratings.

All I need to do now is continue pitching in to the BBC the concept of a twenty-something PR ready to take over the world from an office in Croydon.

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