Universal Pictures and YouTube music sensation Mike Tompkins teamed up in search of new talent to appear in “Starships,” the official music video for the upcoming comedy Pitch Perfect! Video entries poured in from amateur singers, beat-boxers and dancers from all over the United States and over 300 user-generated videos were used alongside Tompkins and the film’s cast in the new music video – a cover of the Nicki Minaj hit “Starships”!
This is the first time Tompkins has collaborated with filmmakers, talent and a studio on the official music video for a movie. Tompkins, represented by Maker Studios—a next-generation talent-first music company—is best known for creating his own unique twist on music covers using only his voice and mouth.
As his popularity rose, he was noticed by some of the biggest names in entertainment and has since collaborated as a producer and writer with Timbaland and been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Today. Tompkins and Alana Da Fonseca arranged this new a cappella version of “Starships,” which was written by Minaj, RedOne, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Wayne Hector.
About Pitch Perfect: Loaded with new takes on old favorites, to hits of right now that are seamlessly mixed together, mashed-up and arranged like you’ve never heard before, Pitch Perfect is directed by Jason Moore, who opened our eyes to the very misbehaved life of puppets in the surprise Broadway sensation Avenue Q.