Paunovic stars in first NFT movie

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Winnipegger Aleks Paunovic has enjoyed a great film career and once again he finds himself in a special place.
Over more than quarter-century in acting, Paunovic has been in movies and shows with Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates and Michelle Pfeiffer and played key roles in Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Snowpiercer and Van Helsing. He has appeared in a number of Canadian TV shows, and keeps a busy schedule.
Paunovic recently filmed a movie with the legendary Anthony Hopkins called Zero Contact. It tells the story of a recently deceased billionaire played by Hopkins who unites five people from around the world to defeat his greatest invention, which he fears could destroy mankind. That would be special enough on its own but the story gets even better.
Zero Contact will be the first movie to premiere as a ‘non-fungible token’.  NFTs provide digital ownership of physical products and are similar to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. A relatively new concept, NFTs have been used to create digital sports cards and art and are being developed to represent fractional ownership of everything from real estate to sports cars.
Canadian Cameron Chell owns CurrencyWorks, the company developing the Zero Contact NFT along with Vuele, a distribution platform for direct-to-consumer, full-length feature film NFTs. Owing to its uniqueness and Hopkins’ involvement, Zero Contact is creating plenty of excitement, and for good reason.
Chell believes it will radically alter how entertainment companies and celebrities interact with fans. Zero Contact, for example, will be released in a series of NFTs, including a single NFT containing two different editions of the movie, beginning with the only copy of an earlier version shot with a different actor playing Hopkins’ role. There will be other added goodies too, such as outtakes and a role for the buyer of that single NFT in Zero Contact (the part can be shot and digitally inserted into the copy). Another version with several benefits is limited to 10 NFTs, making them scarce.
This is just the beginning, Chell told me. He sees Vuele becoming a marketplace where movie buffs gather to share their love of movies and trade collectibles such as NFTs. 
Many celebrities, such as Tom Brady, Eminem and Snoop Dogg have created their own NFTs. Done properly, they offer fans the chance to collect unique memorabilia of stars they follow, such as photographs and unique videos, all of them in limited quantities. Basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie has his own company, Calaxy, that helps other celebrities create their own NFTs.
NFTs are the future of how movies will be premiered, Chell predicts. Before the red carpet gala or opening weekend, there will be an NFT release. If you want to see it first, you have to get the NFT. 
Imagine owning the first copy of your favourite classic movie and being able to prove with a digital record that it is indeed the first That is what NFTs can do.
  Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

Winnipegger Aleks Paunovic has enjoyed a great film career and once again he finds himself in a special place.

Over more than quarter-century in acting, Paunovic has been in movies and shows with Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates and Michelle Pfeiffer and played key roles in Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Snowpiercer and Van Helsing. He has appeared in a number of Canadian TV shows, and keeps a busy schedule.

Supplied photo Winnipegger Aleks Paunovic has a role in Zero Contact, a movie that will be the first to be released as an NFT. Actor Aleks Paunovic

Paunovic recently filmed a movie with the legendary Anthony Hopkins called Zero Contact. It tells the story of a recently deceased billionaire played by Hopkins who unites five people from around the world to defeat his greatest invention, which he fears could destroy mankind. That would be special enough on its own but the story gets even better.

Zero Contact will be the first movie to premiere as a ‘non-fungible token’.  NFTs provide digital ownership of physical products and are similar to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. A relatively new concept, NFTs have been used to create digital sports cards and art and are being developed to represent fractional ownership of everything from real estate to sports cars.

Canadian Cameron Chell owns CurrencyWorks, the company developing the Zero Contact NFT along with Vuele, a distribution platform for direct-to-consumer, full-length feature film NFTs. Owing to its uniqueness and Hopkins’ involvement, Zero Contact is creating plenty of excitement, and for good reason.

Chell believes it will radically alter how entertainment companies and celebrities interact with fans. Zero Contact, for example, will be released in a series of NFTs, including a single NFT containing two different editions of the movie, beginning with the only copy of an earlier version shot with a different actor playing Hopkins’ role. There will be other added goodies too, such as outtakes and a role for the buyer of that single NFT in Zero Contact (the part can be shot and digitally inserted into the copy). Another version with several benefits is limited to 10 NFTs, making them scarce.

This is just the beginning, Chell told me. He sees Vuele becoming a marketplace where movie buffs gather to share their love of movies and trade collectibles such as NFTs. 

Many celebrities, such as Tom Brady, Eminem and Snoop Dogg have created their own NFTs. Done properly, they offer fans the chance to collect unique memorabilia of stars they follow, such as photographs and unique videos, all of them in limited quantities. Basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie has his own company, Calaxy, that helps other celebrities create their own NFTs.

NFTs are the future of how movies will be premiered, Chell predicts. Before the red carpet gala or opening weekend, there will be an NFT release. If you want to see it first, you have to get the NFT. 

Imagine owning the first copy of your favourite classic movie and being able to prove with a digital record that it is indeed the first That is what NFTs can do.

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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