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This is the story of an independent #filmmaker and his quest to get a #blockchain #documentary to millions of people globally. The first month took me from a dark editing room to a billionaire dinner in #Davos. The next six short paragraphs will take you along for the first chapter of this ride.

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The story behind CRYPTOPIA: #Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet: Five years after my first documentary, I revisit the big brains and big egos behind Bitcoin and explain the evolution of the #blockchain industry and the utopian ideas fueling it. Can this #technology, designed to operate independent of trust and within a decentralized network, really provide a robust alternative to traditional banking and maybe even the #Internet as we know it? Check out the trailer (2:30 minutes): https://youtu.be/M6GgU08rxyg 

Flashback: During our #Kickstarter campaign we generated around a million social media impressions. Prominent figures like Fred Wilson, Matthew Roszak or Florian Huber as well as 200 others supported our #crowdfunding effort which helped us to get a grant from Screen Australia and the German public #broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Since then Michael Watchulonis and I have filmed on 4 continents and interviewed some of the biggest and most controversial names of the industry including Laura Shin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Vitalik Buterin, Roger Ver, Charlie Lee, Samson Mow, Vinny Lingham, Preethi Kasireddy and Wences Casares.


But here’s the thing. Filmmakers (like any other content creators) need to be entrepreneurs in the digital world (hat tip to Ryan Holiday, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferriss, Orly Ravid, Peter Hamilton). Making content is only one half of the job. In a world of constant distraction and infinite content choices, marketing your content is the real challenge – one that has not been well understood by #documentary makers yet.

Iterating the Edit: First, we needed to find product-market-fit. We did this with test screenings throughout Australia and NZ supported by great partners like RMIT Online, Brave New Coin, Independent Reserve, Spark Festival, Nuggets News, Blackbird Ventures and, even more importantly, tiredless community organizers such as Abheeti Pass, Adriana Belotti, Chantelle de la Rey, Pantelis Roussakis, and Karen Cohen. Detailed feedback from the audience has helped us to finetune the film, delete the confusing sequences, improve the entertaining parts and ensure we got everything right.

Finally, we were ready to premiere the ‘final cut’ in Melbourne my home base. With more sponsors including Decred, Blockchain Australia, CoinJar we were able to hire ACMI’s beautiful Treasury Theatre. As you can see from this short clip, it’s not only the #crypto nerds and the blockchain startups that enjoyed the film, there were many #professionals from larger organisations in the audience. Yes, the #accountants, #consultants, and #bankers also enjoyed the night 🙂 https://youtu.be/xQur8dtdX58

With this tailwind, we were ready to go global. I packed my bags for a 6-months world tour. First stop: Davos, Switzerland. One of our producers Dr Oliver Krause introduced me to the circles and we were able to show off our trailer and discuss potential screening events all over the world. Was it worth it to spend 6 days and 6000 EUR on #Davos? It’s too early to tell but we’ve got some nice press coverage.


hank you for following my big adventure. and for supporting independent filmmakers!


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In the next part, I’ll tell you how the big shots at the #EUCommission (!) and the folks at a Swiss bank liked the film. And then there’s a big premiere with the tech scene in #Berlin and the how the virus might jeopardize my plans …. Stay tuned and follow us on #CryptopiaFilm. You’ll get a free copy of my first documentary when you sign up with your email here: https://cryptopiafilm.com/updates/

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A few years ago I shared the crowdfunding campaign we ran for our first Bitcoin documentary. Hopefully, y’all bought some coins back then. Anyway, this time we are aiming much higher and have big partners (broadcasters, film commission) on board already. This Kickstarter is to grow a fanbase and to help us close a few funding gaps. Please check it out and share in your circles. Getting links and traffic early is super important. Thanks so much.


You can find us on Facebook and we use the hashtag #CryptopiaFilm on Twitter 

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I just read this interesting article/interview with James Cameron, who is arguably the most important force in the 3D industry. His assessment of 3D in theatres and at home is refreshing. I have pasted the most important parts below. Unfortunately, there is no mention of VR, where 3D, of course, is currently achieving its ultimate potential.


After Avatar cracked open the potential for 3D in cinema, the Canadian filmmaker had further success with the format when the 2012 conversion of Titanic earned $US343 million around the world.

Six years ago, Cameron predicted 3D would be standard in cinemas by 2016. And while the widespread perception is that audiences have gone off the format – deterred by an often disappointing experience and more expensive ticket price – he challenges that view.

“At that time we probably had 1500 screens 3D globally and we’re now up to 45,000 screens,” he says. “Pretty much every major film that’s made is offered in both 3D and 2D. I’d call that pretty standard.

“Now that doesn’t mean that everybody chooses it. We’re running at, depending on the title, anywhere from 40 to 60 per cent of ticket-buyers choosing the stereo option.

“But the total number of people viewing movies in 3D is about a 10 x multiple of what it was when I released Avatar. And probably a 4 or 5 x multiple of where we were [in 2012] so I consider that a pretty resounding success story.

But surely no-one is buzzing about 3D the way they did when Avataropened.

“They shouldn’t be,” Cameron says. “In 1961, the expensive movies were in colour and the cheap ones were in black and white. They put a big sign on the poster or the marquee that said ‘In Colour” and people would go to a movie because it was in colour.

“Cut to five or 10 years later, people weren’t buzzing about colour. It was just a fact of life.

“Honestly, I can point to any number of interviews where I predicted in our best case scenario, we would measure success when it was no longer remarkable. And that’s exactly where we are now.”

But Cameron accepts 3D television has failed and the movie industry has let itself down by hastily converting new movies rather than shooting them in the format.

“The conversion of classic titles where you have the time and energy to do it properly is not a problem,” he says. “The problem is when you’re trying to jam it in in post-production on a new Avengers film or whatever …

“I also think the industry has done itself a disservice by not stepping up on the projection technology to get the light levels up. That’s now on the horizon … there’ll be a big incremental evolution over the next few years where the 3D experience gets much more vibrant and dynamic.”

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A few months ago I posted our crowdfunding campaign for the Bitcoin documentary here. We have made great progress with the film and I will post regular updates here. This week we are voting for the best poster/DVD design. Please take 30 seconds to let us know your favourite designs.



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Today, I am proud to present my first own documentary production.

The topic of the film is Bitcoin because I have always been interested in Finance and Technology, and Bitcoin represents the perfect intersection of both. Moreover, of course, Bitcoin is very controversial at the moment. Several Governments try to ban it, Nobel prize winning economist call it a Ponzi scheme and the media is sceptical about this “magic Internet money’. At the same time, however, others call Bitcoin the most important technology since the development of the Internet. So far, it stands as the most profitable investment in history (!) and professional Silicon Valley and Wallstreet money is starting to flow into the ecosystem. After having spoken with the leading experts in the field it is clear to me that very few people truly understand the implications that Bitcoin will have for privacy on the Internet, international money transfers, central bank policy, the developing world, and the entire banking sector.


Our Kickstarter campaign contains the usual rewards (credits, downloads, DVDs) but we also have special goodies such as the 10 Trillion Dollar note from Zimbabwe – the most recent example of hyperinflation and mismanagement of monetary policy (Bitcoin is deflationary by design). Please check it out and share the link below via your channels. 


Note: This documentary is neither in 3D nor in 4k. Regular High-Definition is what makes most sense for this particular subject.

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Today in London I met Alia Sheikh who presented this technology. I thought you may be interested to have a look at what developments other than 3D and 4k are possible. What do you think. (watch videolink) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22315685

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Batman 3D

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