Iconic films are joining the NFT world. The NFT can include sound and images, like mini-moving images or mini-movies. When a movie, like Mean Girls, earns icon status, it does so because there are aspects to it that resonate with viewers over generations. Usually, the iconic movie has one-liners or scenes that loyal fans turn into memes or gifs, and Mean Girls is no different.
Recently, Paramount Pictures filed trademarks for its iconic movie, Mean Girls. What could this mean for fans of the film and fans of NFTs? Comebacks, for the movie itself, and its stars, not that the movie has ever gone far from the collective public mind.
Turning Movies into NFTs
The NFT is the perfect digital host for moving images and sound bites. With an NFT, you can create and sell a collection of still or moving images that can be linked to make a complete movie.
Though possible as a conduit for storytelling, NFTs are more than methods of expression. They are collectibles too. Unlike actual collectibles, which can get dusty inside a cabinet or in a row on top of a cupboard, NFTs exist in Web3. You can display yours on your site for personal or promotional purposes, knowing that your collectible doesn’t burn down if your computer catches fire.
Paramount Films knows how many one-liners from the film live on social media, which could be why it has trademarked Mean Girls and entered the world of NFTs.
Collectibles in the NFT World
NFT collections are displayed in Web3 galleries and on Web2, where most of us reside online. Yes, you could probably download an image or gif of an NFT worth millions and argue there is no point in owning the original because you can play with an exact copy on social media. Unless the owners of the NFT downloaded as a GIF have an efficient legal team blocking all downloads, it would be possible to have copies of an NFT.
What makes a collectible something to collect is its rarity. Yes, there may be millions of copies of an NFT, but only one person owns the code and can use the NFT as they please.
The collectible gains value over time, even if one of a series and not the whole collection. Owners of the NFT gain more than just the NFT. In Web3, they form part of a new community, with benefits only for those who own them.
Why NFTs are Perfect for Movies
It is because the NFT can contain a moving image with audio that it can be seen as a mini-movie in the first place. When a movie reaches iconic stations, it encapsulates something of the era in which it was made, and its lines become part of the vocabulary.
Take any movie, retell its story in NFT form, and there you have the film making a comeback. It gets digitally immortalized in Web3. There is no need for recovery for movies that are iconic and not forgotten in the first place. What the fans would love, though, is the ability to own pieces of their favorite film and potentially form part of a new community.
Perhaps by choosing those meme-worthy moments or replaying one-liners, Paramount Pictures is helping either the actors in it or the movie itself make a comeback. If you’ve never heard of Mean Girls, it’s making a comeback, but if you’re getting ready to invest in an NFT of one of your favorite movies, it’s an iconic movie moving into NFT territory.