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August 28, 2011, 04:11:08 PM
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I am a freelance film maker, camera and sound man. I am involved in a couple of film projects related to monetary issues and reform.

As a side line to other monetary related film projects underway and in the pipeline, I would like to do a high quality piece on bitcoin. I find bitcoin an extremely fascinating experiment as I also have a prior background in technology as a software architect, so I do not find the technical details too difficult understand or explain. I have also been fascinated by the question of 'what is money' and 'what is economy' since 2008 when the shit became very apparent.

A little bit on some money related film projects, am already involved in and planning for future:
http://monkeybrainsmedia.com/monetary-reform

General about me and camera/edit work:
http://monkeybrainsmedia.com/

General about me and film sound work:
http://limbicsounds.com/

One series of short documentaries I want to make is about alternative currencies, people who simply choose to bypass the current system and try to create something new. I want to make the first episode on bitcoin as this experiment seems to have taken off quite well and with a good amount of success.

I wish to gauge what the interest and support levels there would be from the bitcoin community in having a professionally shot (plus motion graphics/animation etc) film on bitcoin doing the rounds?

As an experiment, the episode on bitcoin I would also like to fully finance via bitcoin as this seems very appropriate. I am set up with bitcoin so could accept donations towards this project.

Also, if this piece gets funded to completion with enough speed, relevant parts of it may make it into the mainstream film due out at the end of the year.

As you may be aware, film making to a decent quality is a very labor intensive and quite expensive process involving many practical costs in production such as travel and extra equipment. I already have a great deal invested in professional broadcast quality equipment.

What do people here think? How would you like it to turn out? Would you be willing to chip in to make it happen.

Thanks,
John

PS As a newbie to this forum I was only allowed to post here, rather than in the sections I thought would be more relevant to this message and get seen more.




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August 28, 2011, 05:04:43 PM
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This sounds like a very interesting project. You might be able to raise funding at http://www.kickstarter.com and distribute the film on http://vodo.net.

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August 29, 2011, 05:30:12 PM
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This sounds like a very interesting project. You might be able to raise funding at http://www.kickstarter.com and distribute the film on http://vodo.net.

Is that ironic humor? Use a US site, raising money in US dollars, requiring a US bank account, to make a film about a currency that wishes to avoid all those things in the long run. I am not even US based and bitcoin is supposed to be international in principle.

Surely, if bitcoin enthusiasts are willing to eat their own dog food, then it should be possible to do this largely via the bitcoin economy.

That is the whole point of the film, to show whether bitcoin is a viable alternative as a currency. With my initial investigations, I see a lot of speculation and treating bitcoin as a commodity and investment vehicle, but less use as a currency. As far as I can understand so far, if a currency is also useable as a commodity and so has a fluctuating exchange based on supply and demand, the tendency is for humans to hoard it, just in case the price goes up, rather than spend it.

I wish and hope to show this doesn't have to be the case and the opposite aspect is also happening, that it is a potentially real economy, not just a virtual wealth storage scheme.

I am not sure I want to make a film evaluating bitcoin if I have to raise the money via the currency and banking system that people are criticizing openly and implied by bitcoin's very emergence and existence. That seems like a contradiction in terms and will also make bitcoin look bad. I see people moaning about the quality of films on bitcoin, but it is up to the community and those with a vested interest to prove it is viable to the public, surely? I can help with production quality side of things, but I am not going to pay for it using a system people supposedly hate.

If its real, then lets show it is real.
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August 29, 2011, 07:49:37 PM
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This sounds like a very interesting project. You might be able to raise funding at http://www.kickstarter.com and distribute the film on http://vodo.net.

Is that ironic humor? Use a US site, raising money in US dollars, requiring a US bank account, to make a film about a currency that wishes to avoid all those things in the long run. I am not even US based and bitcoin is supposed to be international in principle.

Surely, if bitcoin enthusiasts are willing to eat their own dog food, then it should be possible to do this largely via the bitcoin economy.

That is the whole point of the film, to show whether bitcoin is a viable alternative as a currency. With my initial investigations, I see a lot of speculation and treating bitcoin as a commodity and investment vehicle, but less use as a currency. As far as I can understand so far, if a currency is also useable as a commodity and so has a fluctuating exchange based on supply and demand, the tendency is for humans to hoard it, just in case the price goes up, rather than spend it.

I wish and hope to show this doesn't have to be the case and the opposite aspect is also happening, that it is a potentially real economy, not just a virtual wealth storage scheme.

I am not sure I want to make a film evaluating bitcoin if I have to raise the money via the currency and banking system that people are criticizing openly and implied by bitcoin's very emergence and existence. That seems like a contradiction in terms and will also make bitcoin look bad. I see people moaning about the quality of films on bitcoin, but it is up to the community and those with a vested interest to prove it is viable to the public, surely? I can help with production quality side of things, but I am not going to pay for it using a system people supposedly hate.

If its real, then lets show it is real.

MonkeyMagic is right on point. We should keep things inside the bitcoin economy and show the world how bitcoins is way to pay for things.  

We are going to be introducing the "Kickstarter of Bitcoins" shortly and have talked to MonkeyMagic about bringing his film aboard.  We hope this helps stimulates the bitcoin community has bitcoins will find their way to creators and people who are making a difference. We also hope this will help spread the word about bitcoins outside the community also.  There is a host of reasons why this make sense.

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September 05, 2011, 09:49:43 PM
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I opt for Bruce Willis as Bruce Wagner...

You could spice up the story just a little to make it more exciting for viewers, like silk road drug trafficking villains, 15-minute shootout orchestrations and a secret KGB hideout in remote Pattaya.


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September 05, 2011, 09:56:59 PM
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I opt for Bruce Willis as Bruce Wagner...

You could spice up the story just a little to make it more exciting for viewers, like silk road drug trafficking villains, 15-minute shootout orchestrations and a secret KGB hideout in remote Pattaya.


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Lol to funny !

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September 05, 2011, 10:09:57 PM
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You should have a scene where Satoshi escapes helicopters and police using parkour. And an early adopter who turns out to be CIA ALL ALONG. Kidnappers paid by an anonymous mastermind, to keep the victim hostage until 100000 BTC are paid! Extended Silk Road hallucination scene with over-the-top graphics!
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September 05, 2011, 10:14:52 PM
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Just, please for the love of everything that means anything... do not add an element of "Reality" to it. Snooki paying for implants with BTC is not somewhere I ever want to go...

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