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Jedi Mania Hits the UK ahead of new Star Wars release

Posted on December 12th, 2017 in Film PR,Viral Video PR.

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LONDON, 12 December 2018: Two martial arts experts surprised and delighted Londoners with a spectacular lightsaber duel as ‘Jedi fever’ hit the UK ahead of the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Thursday.

Shania West, a trained stunt fighter, and Anton Simpson-Tidy, a world champion martial arts athlete, were given Lightsabers to train with for a week before staging the duel on London’s Southbank to mark the nationwide film release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, on December 14th.

 Teenagers at a London skateboard park were treated to an unexpected and jaw-dropping performance of martial arts skills, tricks, flips and swordsmanship.

 From day one of our shoot here in the UK the feeling of excitement and love for Star Wars has been palpable; and if you grew up loving Star Wars, you grew up loving lightsabers” commented Writer & Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson “The cast trained for months to perfect their lightsaber skills, so it’s really impressive to see what these two Jedi-in-training have put together in just a few days.”

Disney commissioned Star Wars fan and photographer Matt Scutt to create a series of stunning light trail pictures using the famous Jedi weapon.

The Instagram sensation, who has over 307,000 followers, and is famous for his long exposure photographs toured the UK this week to produce the remarkable set of images with Star Wars fans wielding a variety of different coloured ‘sabers. 

Passerby in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool witnessed the photoshoots, with Matt teaming up with Star Wars fans in each city to create images, which took over four hours each to complete.

Photographer Matt Scutt said: “I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I was kid – so to be given the chance to capture lightsabers in action was a dream project”.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of the UK’s biggest film of all time, The Force Awakens, join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

 Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman. J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski and Jason McGatlin are the executive producers.

 Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 14th December.

 

Spooktacular! Our favourite 10 campaigns from Halloween 2017

Posted on October 31st, 2017 in Charity PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,Film PR,Kids PR,Leisure PR,Online PR,PR Stunt,Publicity Stunts,Retail PR,Roundup,stuff we liked,Stunt Of The Day.

It’s that time of year again; the pumpkins have been carved and fake spider webs draped. Soon a myriad of mini ghosts, ghouls and zombies alike will be on the prowl; hungry for their favourite sweets and chocolate. So to get us in the spirit (pun intended) for this spooky holiday we have rounded up our favourite campaigns, in no particular order, from Halloween 2017.

Crashing the Party with Fanta

Fanta spooked us this year with their terrifying virtual reality experience. The viewer is trapped in a crashing elevator as it descends to the party of the 13th floor, and they’re the guest of honour (or horror)!

Every breath you take, every step you make, Svedka’s watching you


To promote their product, Svedka Vodka has started to curse people on the internet! By clicking on a link to their website, the user becomes cursed by ads that stalk them around the internet. Even more fiendishly, these ads use information it gathers about the person to send scary messages through the ads, like “I heart following you around New York”, or “On your phone, calling for help”? The curse can only be broken by sharing a new link to their website, starting the circle again.

Spot the difference! Will or Cid?

Fans of actor Will Poulter, from The Maze Runner and Detroit, have noticed he has an uncanny resemblance to bully Cid from Toy Story, and this year he treated them to a spookily realistic costume! However, Poulter proved his similarities to Cid are only skin deep this Halloween by using this opportunity to raise awareness for the charity Anit-Bullying Pro.

Bitesized Treats for Horror Fans!

Horror movies are on TV and in cinemas every day around this time of the year, but with so many it’s hard to watch them all. This year, Mars and Fox teamed up to present “Bite Size Horror”! These short two minute films feature unique stories ranging from haunted roads to creepy masked children making them the perfect treat for the “on-the-go” horror fan.

We all Float Down Under!

One of the biggest horror films to be remade this year was Steven King’s IT, and if Pennywise himself wasn’t iconic enough, his bright red balloons certainly able to strike horror into any passerby. To promote the film in Sydney, many people found these exact balloons tied down to the sewer grates.

Topshop Transforms!

 Stranger Things is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics around right now, as a result of the release of its eagerly awaited second series and high-street retailer Topshop formed a collaboration to remember with the renowned Netflix production. To celebrate the release of its Stranger Things themed collection, the Oxford Circus store was given an entire makeover with installations and interactive window displays based on iconic sets of the supernatural series, coinciding perfectly with Halloween. Transforming from a shrine for fashion lovers to one for fans of the series that people just can’t stop talking about it definitely proved a hit attracting queues of people ahead of its 7am opening last Friday!

Tears for ‘King of Fears’

It seems to happen every year, that frantic last minute rush to purchase a stand-out Halloween outfit for an upcoming party so you don’t end up wearing all black teamed with a pair of cat ears for the third year running. Well this year Budweiser provided that answer to such problems with their King of Fears pop-up store in Old Street Station, London. Not only were shoppers in for a fright while browsing this haunted fancy dress shop, complete with illusionists and scare expert but also a treat as they could grab a beer from the bar and receive a free beer with each purchase. We like the sound of that one!

Clowning around at Burger King.

 If you found yourself uninspired for ideas as what to dress up as for Halloween and you also happen to love a Burger King, well this campaign may have been the perfect incentive for you. The “Come as a clown, eat like a King” tagline became the reality for those 500 lucky customers who dressed up as a clown and were one of the first 500 to visit a selected Burger King store from 7pm last Saturday to grab themselves a free Whopper burger.  Result! Even those who weren’t so lucky were encouraged to get involved and upload images of their fancy dress using the hashtag #ScaryClownNight and alongside a video ad to promote it, this campaign was definitely one to watch!

It’s the Sound of the Space.

 At every Halloween party you will find an abundance of scary costumes, themed decorations, snacks and drinks, thanks to that dedicated aisle that graces our supermarkets from September onwards, but what always seems to be a miss is that perfect Halloween soundtrack. Well look no further. NASA has compiled the ultimate spooky playlist for all your Halloween needs, whether that be setting the tone of your party or scaring away those trick or treaters. The playlist is a collection of real life sounds from spacecrafts and satellites through the universe and space has never sounded scarier!

Last but not least, our Scary Donald for Beano.com

We had to give ourselves a cheeky mention in here somewhere! As one of the most controversial public figures to grace our news feeds on a daily basis, it comes as no surprise that a 6 year old styled as Donald Trump parading across Central London proved to be a real head turner for our Halloween campaign for Beano.com! With the US president beating his rivals to be named as the ‘scariest celebrity face’, little horror make up was required to transform this disguise into one fit for Halloween, yet he certainly trumped the witch and Dracula alongside him. This was definitely some last minute inspiration for anybody struggling for fancy dress ideas last week!

– @Joesharp1996

– @catherine_dolan

A cliff-hanger with an edge: EE launch 4GEE Community Cinema Club

Posted on July 21st, 2017 in brand PR,Consumer Electronics PR,Consumer PR,Film PR,FMCG,Leisure PR,Mobile PR,PR Stunt,Stunt Of The Day,Technology PR.

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EE’s 4GEE Community Cinema Club brings the outdoor cinema experience to rural communities, all made possible by EE’s 80% coverage in the UK, as announced by the Managing Director of Marketing, Max Taylor. The first event saw rock climbers suspended on portaledge tents, hanging off the side of Gimmer Crag’s rockface in Cumbria – enough to make anyone put their popcorn down. With the power of 4G, these Die Hard film fans were able to screen BAFTA award-winning movies from over 500 metres above sea level.

For those of us that aren’t into the likes of K2 and North Face, EE is bringing the outdoor cinema experience to rural areas with a lower altitude across Wales, England and Scotland. A number of rural communities will be given a 4GEE Community Cinema Kit, containing a 4G WiFi device, wireless speakers, a projector and a movie streaming voucher, allowing communities to watch outdoor movies for the rest throughout the year.

EE has one final screening available and so film fanatics are encouraged to apply, with the chance of having the Cinema Club visit them in September. Aside from the winner, five runners up will receive 4GEE Community Cinema Kits.

So whether you’re rock climbing in Snowdonia, camping in the Scottish Highlands or just looking to host an al fresco movie night in the Lake District, EE’s 4GEE Community Club has proven you need not leave Netflix back home.

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Pirates arrive on British Coastline

Posted on May 25th, 2017 in Event PR,Experiential Marketing,Film PR,PR Stunt,PR Stunts,publicity stunt agency,Publicity Stunts,Stunt Of The Day,Taylor Herring News,Taylor Herring PR.

Tourists and visitors to Britain’s coastline were left stunned today as they stumbled across a series of pirate sculptures emerging from the sea.

 The pirate statues were spotted on Brighton Beach, at Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters in Eastbourne and at HMNB Portsmouth Harbour.

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 The unique art installation has been unveiled by Walt Disney Studios to launch the new film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’, which opens in cinemas today.

 The sculptures were installed under the cover of night and were revealed at low tide the following morning. The two-metre-high statues portray the new characters from the film – the crew of the fearsome Spanish pirate-hunter Captain Salazar (played by Javier Bardem) and his shipmates Magda and Lasaro. 

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 The figurines specially commissioned by Disney, stunned dog-walkers along Eastbourne’s iconic Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs. Beachgoers enjoying a spot of sunshine were given a surprise on Brighton beach, whilst Naval officers and fishermen at Portsmouth Harbour looked on curiously as they spotted the sculptures bursting from the sea.

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The figures were created by a dedicated team of sculptors who took six weeks to build the swashbuckling statues. The intricate designs were painted and sculpted by hand, featuring life-like attributes with flowing hair and accurate costumes from the film.

Legendary Hollywood producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, commented: “The UK has always had a special place within the Pirates of the Caribbean history having filmed here many times. Therefore, it is a fitting tribute to have the fearsome crew of our terrifying new villain, Captain Salazar, descend on the shorelines of Great Britain to celebrate the launch of the new film.”

The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge follows the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow, as he returns to the seas to face his old nemesis Salazar, a pirate captain who has escaped the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Captain Jack is joined by old and new acquaintances to help him on his latest quest to find the powerful trident of Poseidon.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge is released in cinemas nationwide today.

Idris Elba posted an open casting call for his new film and got far more than he bargained for

Posted on May 9th, 2017 in brand PR,Celebrity PR,Consumer PR,Entertainment Brands,Film PR,Stunt Of The Day.

 

Idris Elba has always used his fame as a platform to raise issues close to him particularly the struggle for equality within the arts and has gone on record many times to voice the hardships many black actors find when trying to break into the industry.

He said back in 2016, “People in the TV world often aren’t the same as people in the real world. And there’s an even bigger gap between people who make TV, and people who watch TV. I should know, I live in the TV world. And although there’s a lot of reality TV, TV hasn’t caught up with reality. Change is coming, but it’s taking its sweet time.”

It appears that change is not coming soon enough for Idris who is now moving into the director’s chair and providing opportunities himself for unseen talent. Over the weekend Idris posted on Instagram with an invitation to an open casting call and a chance to be a paid extra in his new film set within the Afro-Caribbean community in Hackney, 1983.

Even a small part is a start.

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Unfortunately and yet somehow unsurprisingly Idris’ call proved too powerful with over 900 hopefuls turning up in droves for a chance to audition.

With so many arriving it was not long before the police appeared, forcing casting to be shut down.


Idris took to Instagram again to post this message to his fans.

*UPDATE*** THE OPEN CASTING.

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All is not lost though, as you can still send your head shot and information in to have a chance to shine and who knows where it might lead.

As in the acting world, Elba points out, “Even a small part is a start”. Good luck to you all!

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