21Million Productions Ltd is a TV production company who has made the first crypto funded TV drama, set against a backdrop of the existential risk of Artificial Intelligence that follows a team of tech entrepreneurs that make an alarming discovery. A discovery that not only advances computer science 30 years, it becomes a basilisk placing everyone that knows at immediately at risk, from it seems everyone…
“Artificial intelligence is the biggest risk we face as a civilisation and needs to be checked as soon as possible…”
Season 1 - The Story Line
The story follows an entrepreneurial team at Quantum Jump, a Cryogenic Computing Company specialising in Quantum Computing and Quantum Safe technology infrastructure. Set against a backdrop of the existential risk of Artificial Intelligence, the team led by Josh makes a discovery that will advance computer science 30 years, brining unwanted attention on them all, that doesn’t end well for some…
As the race for AI Supremacy between the US and China gathers pace, the Big Tech companies also join the race to be the first to unlock encryption sizing the promise posed by Quantum Computing, as global agencies and governments collide with a knowingly concerned public and academic community. The threat is real! The trailer episode has been filmed in Shoreditch, London as a short film and sets the scene for Season 1 story which is already written.
The trailer episode was filmed with our partners Get Shorty Ltd a specialist short film production house, famous for the acclaimed and award winning Skid Row Marathon.
The story is written by Nick Ayton, Directed by Alex Dawe and with BAFTA winning Director of Photography Lorenzo Levrini adding his personal style.
Genre: Suspense, Drama, Tech Thriller
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Executive Producer & Story Originator
Nick is a globally recognised name in the world of decentralised ledgers, Blockchains and Deep Tech. A veteran of more than 12 tech starts-ups he has spent more than 45 years in technology, is a recognised global keynote speaker, futurist and entreprenuer.
He has strong a strong belief humankind has reached an All at Once Technology Era that will drive humankind to the brink. The story he has written reflects his desire to awaken the people to embrace what is to come as an AI world approaches.
An accomplished writer and speaker, Nick has been focused on Quantum Computing, Artificial General Intelligence and building decentralised operating models for his clients.
Lorenzo is an Award Winning, including a BAFTA, director of photography who lives in London. Born in Rome, he was obsessed with cameras and making his own short films by the time he was 11. After wanting to be a photojournalist for a few years, he discovered cinematography and has been working in the industry for eight years.
Lorenzo has just completed feature film Redcon-1 starring Carlos Gallardo (El Mariachi) and is currently working on short and long form narrative while shooting commercial and music video projects. Lorenzo joins the growing team on the making of our 21M short film – The Discovery
Director & Co-Writer
Alex is a well established award winning director and business owner, with years of experience within film and digital content production. Alex oversees a highly experienced team of full service creative production specialists.
Founder of Quarantine Productions Ltd and Director of Get Shorty Ltd, Alex studied film directing and production at University and immediately saw the potential of the story written by Nick believing it must be made into a TV mini series.
Meet the CAST – “The Discovery”
JOSHUA Thomas (played by Matt McClure)
Josh has a Masters Degree from Imperial College London in Computer Science and founded Quantum Jump using money from Bitcoin mining. Josh is also a specialist Cryptographer and keen on Quantum Computing.
Samuel Wong (played by Matt Barkley)
Sam studied Maths at Imperial College where he met Josh is a bit of a dark horse. Less academic than the others he runs the sales and marketing activities for Quantum Jump where he was with Josh from the beginning.
Zachery Lewin (Played by David Wayman)
Head of Software Development &Testing
Zach has a Masters from UC Berkely in Computer Science and Quantum Mechanics, son of famous tech entrepreneurs. He is very smart and a brilliant coder.
Dafney Rogers (played by Olivia DLima)
Daffers met JOSH at a hackathon and has a degree in Maths and Computer Science is the voice of reason in the team.
Edwin Davies (played by Nic Pople)
Ed runs a global academic community called Social Realists and he follows everything. Very clever and eccentric he is the grandson of Dr Gordon Davies
Yula (played by Laura Jean Marsh)
Yula is an assassin at the top of her game. A master of disguise, speking several languages, she dislikes men and hates animal cruelty.
Darab (played by Jonathan Ojinakka)
London Based Asset
Darab is ex British army soldier, a loner and experienced agent. Good with guns his favourite a Glock 38 which he uses frequently. Unafraid of anything, hates bullies.
CEO - BIOTech Company Switzerland
Mr Reizler is the biggest client of Quantum Jump who are building a Blockchain for the BIOtech company, who are releasing a new drug that is revolutionary.
Kat Davies (played by Darcy Ayton)
Kat is a waitress part time while studying Nutrition at Bath Uni she works in the local cafe where Josh goes most days.
The Project: the journey so far
The project has had its challenges over the past two years since its inception and initial crypto funding round in June 2017. There have been some changes in personnel and strategy along the way. The original project raised sufficient capital to make a trailer episode, equivalent to an MVP in software terms. To make a product that demonstrates the viability of the TV Series but also to introduce the story and present what is to come.
As the trailer episode enters post production and editing we are planning to release the episode in early November 2019, with cast and crew attending, to attract investors for Season 1.
“I decided to re-write the story from its original path for two main reasons. Firstly the Bitcoin Blockchain industry has shifted and we wanted to story to be current, and secondly I wanted to make a prequel and short film and write the entire story for Season 1 so I knew how the story played out” explains Nick.
The trailer called “The Discovery” is a 21Million Production production, and the first TV content to funded through cryptocurrency.
The trailer was filmed in Shoreditch, the trendy, hipster area of London, which provided the most amazing locations and vibe as the team are relentlessly pursued. As we enter post production we look ahead to further financing to the making of Season 1. We are planning a cinema release in early November 2019 that will also be targeted to investors.
We are further fortunate we have a tokenised economy supported by “21M” token that delivers additional flexibility to help us further finance the next phase. 21M, is a royalty token that delivers another dynamic to raising capital, not withstanding assuring the original token holders are supported. Plans are in progress to re-list the 21M token as we launch content (trailer) and/or may complete a token SWAP rewarding early token buyers and offering the opportunity to create new liquidity for sellers and new buyers.
21M holders are also offered the opportunity to benefit from viewing access, options to visit the set and become an extra, and receive a share of royalties from Season 1.
The market for funding is wide open with lots of capital deployed to pay for content by the bigger platforms. Netflix announced a $6.2billion budget for UK content. Various conversations that include strategies for distribution and the business plans for the next phase of the project are ongoing, now that we are close to having ‘product‘. I am pleased I took the decision to film the trailer in the UK (not in Los Angeles) and there are not only significant levels of funding from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney and others all looking for great content. As we believe the story is on trend and current.
Season 1 will comprise a full 90 minute first episode 1, followed by 5 or 6 45 minutes episodes and a season finale of 90 minutes.
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Day 1 Filming Verge Cafe Shoreditch
Day 2 Warehouse The Assassins lurk in shadows
Day 2 Warehouse Josh arrives
Day 2 Warehouse Sams time is close
Day 2 Warehouse Yula closes in
Day 2 Warehouse Glock38 does its work
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