There are many ways in which we could gain a lot more mainstream attention for Bitcoin, but it’s hard to find something positive that most media outlets want to cover. After all, bad news sells a lot better than positive news, especially when it comes to Bitcoin, it seems. But what about a live action movie about Bitcoin? One that would show up in theatres?
Satoshi’s Last Will – By Aaron Koenig
Bitcoin has seen a small share of screen time over the past few years due to some interesting documentaries being made. Most notable titles include “The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin”, “Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It” and “I Am Satoshi”. The only downside to these documentaries – even though they are all worth seeing – is that none of them ever made it to the big screens in theatres around the world.
Furthermore, it takes quite some time to film, edit and put together a Bitcoin documentary in the right order. With Bitcoin technology evolving at an accelerated pace these past few years, most of the documentary’s source material is outdated by the time it gets released; which is not doing Bitcoin any favours either.
But Bitfilm’s Aaron Koenig is looking to change that, by creating a full-length movie called “Satoshi’s Last Will”. Mr. Koenig feels that, in order to properly educate people on Bitcoin and its technology, we need to make use of the video format. Most of us grew up with a television or computer that we all used to watch video content in one way, shape or form.
And that will also be the case for future generations, as people know a lot of things they “saw on tv that one time”. A movie about Bitcoin would be a great start towards achieving global awareness and, potentially, adoption of Bitcoin and digital currency. In order to achieve this, we need a powerful narrative that people will want to go and see in theatres.
The year is 2042…
And there are no more nation states. Everything in the world is being done in a decentralized and voluntary manner. Citizens of the world use free market money and smart contracts to achieve what they need and seek. Societies all around the world are run on the principles of local and global mutual aid.
Unfortunately, for Bitcoin enthusiasts, Satoshi Nakamoto has died in 2042 and has left his last will. The invention of Bitcoin and its technology has changed the landscape dramatically. As a result, Satoshi has given up his fortune, gathered from those Bitcoins that never left the wallet, in order to solve real-world problems such as mass hunger and increasing poverty.
Now that Satoshi’s last will comes into play, seven trustees have been appointed who have to work together [an homage to multi-signature security] to unlock that one wallet holding the fortune. Now, this wouldn’t be an interesting story if there wasn’t at least one bad guy among the trustees who wants all of the fortunes for himself and does not shy away from using any means necessary to achieve just that.
Contrary to what you might think, “Satoshi’s Last Will” will feature a heroine who has to save the day [as we need more women involved in Bitcoin!]. Aaron Koenig hopes to give that role to a female who can properly portray the character, of which is working for a private law enforcement company in a futuristic scenario.
Shooting, Budget and Investing
Putting together a sci-fi+thriller movie with an element of action is not cheap by any means. According to estimated calculations by Mr. Koenig, he will need about US$2 million in order to make this movie. To raise that kind of capital, he will be relying on seed funding, Bitcoin investors, several rounds of crowdfunding and even public money if needed.
In order to push down the overall costs, most of the movie will be shot in Argentina and the rest will be done in front of a green screen with digital backgrounds to be edited in at a later stage. Individuals are more than welcome to invest in this project as well [with a minimum threshold of 10 BTC], which will grant them a profit share, voting rights and even a cameo appearance in the film if they want to.
Source: Inside Bitcoins Berlin 2015
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