About this project
WOW! We reached our Goal! Thanks so much for everyone who supported us or shared our project which is already being recognized as a "Must Watch Documentary". We haven't been lazy (see the "Update" tab on top of the page) and are already planning for production shoots in Seoul, Melbourne, and Singapore. Please note that only Torsten travels, and professional TV crews are hired locally to get most footage for lowest cost. The new stretch goals are:
$16,800: This amount will enable us to shoot interviews in Oxford and London to meet with the European thought leaders and academics/economists. Tentatively in October.
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Bitcoin has been called the greatest and most important technological development since the Internet. Others call it a Ponzi scheme or expect the Government to ban it. While the mainstream media jumps on every scandalous story, most people have no real understanding of bitcoins as currency let alone of Bitcoin's potential as a technology platform that could change billions of lives. We will explore the important questions: Will all banks be doomed? Will Governments lose their monopoly over money? How can billions of people benefit from financial services they never had access to before?
Yes. Yes. We know. This is not the first Bitcoin documentary that you have come across. But here is what we will do differently:
1) Our film is not targeted at the people who are already in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Our film is intended for the mainstream audience and is scripted in an easy-to-understand language to illustrate how revolutionary this technology can be. So, finally; This is the film that you will watch with your parents.
2) We have an award-winning team of professional and experienced television producers and global distributors. Our past films have been licensed by large international broadcasters and media companies including Netflix (40 million subscribers), CCTV in China (800 million TV households), Samsung Electronics (they sell 3 TVs per second globally), Virgin Media, LG Electronics, Sky Deutschland, Orange (France), Canal+ (Poland), Deutsche Telekom, several DVD and Blu-Ray companies, and smaller broadcasters in 20 countries. In fact, the entire project is very much international. The director is German, the production company is based in Australia, production took place in Canada and the USA, ... you get the idea.
In order to achieve making a film for the broader public as well as getting wide global distribution it is important NOT to produce a film about Bitcoin. Instead, we must look at the larger, much larger picture. The very concept of money, its history, must be explained. In order to understand the problems with the current financial system, we must revisit past periods of hyperinflation and national debt crises - and that's why we reward our supporters with ten trillion dollar notes from Zimbabwe. Before criticising today's banks for their role in recent years, we must go back to the days when the Rothschilds were mere gold smugglers.
And yes, the gold standard must be introduced along with the concept of 'intrinsic value'. In order to explain the merit of a trust-less system, one first needs to look at the traditional role of trusted third-parties such as commercial banks.
But of course, the story of Bitcoin is not about its function as a 'currency' or as payment mechanism. In fact, this is probably the most boring aspect. Money is merely the first app and bitcoin as a technology platform will truly change the world. We will highlight some of the most interesting use cases by avoiding the complex technical aspects behind second layer applications. Instead we will find analogies such as the Internet protocols to explain the potential.
Here is the good news. We have already self-funded a large portion of the production. By travelling from Australia to the US/Canada (twice) to visit the Bitcoin conferences in Miami and Toronto and get footage from Wallstreet and New York's Bloomberg headquarters, we have many of the digital currency thought leaders 'in the can'.
We are prepared to spend around 60,000 dollars (64,000 AUD) on this film and have spent around half of this amount already.
We set a modest goal of 10,000 dollars to help us with script development and post-production. We also hope that the community, YOU, can help us with promotion before and after the release of the film. Can you help us, fill a theatre in Los Angeles, London or Hong Kong? Can you tweet out our trailer or mention our project at your next meetup? Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.
Because we work with the best in the field, we will be able to present our documentary to the largest media organizations worldwide; remember that our goal is to get this on television, worldwide. If we surpass the funding goal we may add additional production days to interview more academics, politicians, bankers, etc. to cover all angles of the story. And we may even be able to include informative animated videos (Alpacas anyone?), hire famous voices as narrator or promote the film at festivals.
Like many other documentaries we are rewarding our supporters with the usual screen credits, bonus materials, streaming links to the film, signed DVDs and the opportunity to become an Executive producer.
Bitcoin was first introduced when central banks around the world started to bail out big banks during the last financial crisis. Of course, all throughout history rulers have tried to print money 'out of thin air' and this always leads to inflation. And sometimes hyper-inflation. Hence, we are generously giving millions, and billions, even trillions of dollars to our most loyal supporters as a reminder of how bad Governments are with managing money.
There has never been an easier way to become a millionaire, billionaire, trillionaire! Impress all your friends with your 'wealth'.
The bills will have a small customized sticker on them with a Thank you note and this note will be signed by the director. Oh, yes and we have given the rewards names that only true Bitcoin fans will understand. If you don't get it, don't worry. After seeing the film, you will.
Of course, we also accept your favourite crypto-currency as donations. Please see the end of trailer or our website for that. Please note that the number of available banknotes are limited to pledges on Kickstarter only. These will be shipped internationally in August. DVDs will only be sent after the film is finished (December), please see the section about "Risk" below. Feel free to contact us if you have any special ideas; maybe we can customize a reward for you.
Torsten Hoffmann - Media Entrepreneur and Start-up Guy. Business partner with many of the world's largest media companies. MBA (University of Oxford). First stockmarket investment in 1996 and first job at a finance portal in 1998. Interested in alternative currencies since 2010 (his academic paper). Studied in US, UK and Malaysia. Now resident of Australia. Torsten will direct, co-write and produce this film.
Michael Watchulonis - 16 year veteran in the factual television industry as writer, director and producer. His films are on TBS, History Channel, CNN, National Geographic and Discovery Channel and have been distributed in more than 40 countries. Twenty nine regional EMMY Awards and two national EMMY nominations. Michael has been working with Torsten for nearly 5 years and will support the scripting process and handle all post-production aspects of this film.
Adam B. Levine - Recognized thought-leader in the Bitcoin industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the popular Let's Talk Bitcoin network. Podcaster. Journalist. Adam is Associate producer of this film and will help in the scripting process.
Ben Woolley - Aussie tech hobbyist who has avidly pursued the unfolding stories and events in the Bitcoin and broader crypto-currency sphere since late 2012. Responsible for all community related work in the film-making process. He runs our Facebook and Twitter accounts, our social media and outreach campaigns.
Here is a list of some of the interviews we have already produced.
The entire list (in order of production date):
Michael Terpin,Co-Founder, BitAngels
Jeffrey Tucker,CEO, Liberty.me see the entire interview here
Eric Benz, Director, UK Digital Currency Association
Joseph Vaughn Perling, Managing Director, New Liberty Dollar. The full conversation is here.
Eric Spano, CEO/Founder, Bylls.com
Diego Gutierrez, Co-Founder, Bitcoin Foundation Argentina
Bernard von NotHaus, Monetary Architect, Liberty Dollar some nice comments on Reddit for our video here
Carol R. Van Cleef, Expert on Regulation
Nicolas Cary, CEO, Blockchain.info
David A. Johnston, Board Member, Mastercoin Foundation
Roger Ver, Bitcoin Entrepreneur
Wendy Li, Attourney-at-Law/Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Matt Miller, Bloomberg Television, see the entire interview here.
Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Bitcoin Commentator
Max Wright, Author, "The Bitcoin Revolution; Ending Tyranny for Fun and Profit" received many upvotes on Reddit
Elizabeth Ploshay, Member Board of Directors, Bitcoin Foundation
Trace Mayer, Bitcoin Thoughtleader and Angel Investor. This interview got a lot of views on YouTube.
Vitalik Buterin, Founder, Ethereum
Redmond Weissenberger, Executive Director, Ludwig von Mises Institute of Canada
Rui Rodrigues, Investment Manager, Tank Stream Ventures
Ryan Zhou, Co-Founder, CoinJar
Scott Li, Co-Founder, Helloblock and Tippercoin
Stephan Livera, Blogger, PeaceAndMarkets.com
Nicholas Gruen, CEO, Lateral Econonics
Mark Bainbridge, Director, Gold Stackers
Monica Barratt, Research Fellow, University of NSW
Domenic Carosa, Chairman, Future Capital Bitcoin Fund
Niki Scevak, Co-Founder, Blackbird Ventures
Sam Lee, CEO, Bitoindsreserve.com
Juan Llanos, EVP (of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Transparency Officer), Bitreserve
James Canning, Bitcoin Betting Guide
Nhial Majok, Founder, TagPesa
Confirmed (but yet unscheduled) Interviews are:
The 'Bitcoin Lobbyist'
Former Chief Economist, Central Bank
Famous Advocate for Gold
Gold Investor and Entrepreneur
Economist and Academic
Crypto Currency expert employed by a bank
Don't get us wrong. We love YouTube videos - we really do. To increase production value, however, we need more than just great interviews and a compelling script. The film must look polished from first minute to last in order to get accepted into film festival and licensed by large global broadcasters. Here is what we mean:
Sidenote: The production company, 3D Content Hub, is specialized in stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD (4k) films. Therefore we know a lot about making content look visually appealing. However, this documentary will be produced in traditional high definition 1920x1080 in 2D.
Risks and challenges
As you can see above, this is a very experienced team. And we have already recorded lots of interviews (Miami, Toronto, New York) plus other footage. If this Kickstarter project will not reach the goal, we will still finish the film. In fact, it is planned to be mostly self-funded by Torsten's company 3D Content Hub Pty. Ltd. anyway. The risk, in our view, is timing. The world of bitcoin moves so fast, there may be additional angles we want to cover, or new opportunities with high-profile interviewees may come up. Also, distribution partners, broadcasters, film festivals may ask us to edit the film. Since our main goal is to bring the film to millions of viewers, we will have to listen to requests like these which would slow down the finalization of the project. This would affect the access to the film digitally and the delivery of the DVDs.
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