Director Brian Taylor says he watched the NFT marketplace go from digital paintings to big musical projects and wanted to get in on that action.
Taylor told Variety, “You hardly ever get to be first in anything in my business, Everything you do has been done 50,000 times before. So I called Meloni and said, ‘Are you in?’ and he said ‘Absolutely,’ because he’s in for anything new,’ So I flew to New York and we made a film.”
Taylor and Meloni first worked together for the Syfy series ‘Happy’. Also, the director and actor are pretty close with each other ‘no matter how wild or weird things got.’
The short film “Out” follows M Berkoff (Meloni), a “douchebag Manhattan hedgefund manager,” who learns that a vesta-sized asteroid is on an imminent mass extinction collision course with the Earth. He has only 42 minutes to tie up all the loose ends in his life before he — and everyone else on the planet — are “peaced the fu– out.” – according to a description of the movie.
When Taylor was asked about the most memorable scene with Meloni he said, “It’s always memorable to have Chris Meloni naked and covered in blood in front of you.” According to Variety, The short film is up for auction on Open Sea, one of the biggest NFT marketplaces, until Sunday. In addition to the full short film, Taylor is also auctioning 24 alternate takes, outtakes or full scenes.
Actor Chris Meloni also tweeted to promote his newest short film “Out” and wrote, ” The crypto chance of a lifetime IS HERE. Whoever wins gets the rights — you can choose to watch it alone, with friends, or even leak it to the world.”
The crypto chance of a lifetime IS HERE
OUT!!! A film by @theunrealBT is out as an NFT
a 1-of-1 of the film
25 extras- alternate endings, etc.
Whoever wins gets the rights – you can choose to watch it alone, with friends, or even leak it to the world
— Chris Meloni (@Chris_Meloni) July 23, 2021
Director Brian Taylor also revealed that “Once you own it, I will destroy all the original copies — the media, the sessions, the dailies. Nobody owns it anymore except the person who bought it.”
As per Variety – Making the movie itself accomplished Taylor’s usual goal as a filmmaker, “which is to make great movies and impact the culture in some way.”