12/07/2021 Exclusive: Christopher Meloni, 'Crank's Brian Taylor Selling New Short Film as NFT and the Trailer is 'Out!!!'

The short will be up for auction on the NFT platform OpenSea starting on July 22.

Christopher Meloni Out NFT film image social

Christopher Meloni has been a busy boy during the pandemic, as the star of Law & Order: Organized Crime also found the time to make a short film titled Out!!! with Brian Taylor, who co-directed the Crank movies starring Jason Statham. Meloni and Taylor previously worked together on Syfy's dark comedy Happy! and you can watch the trailer for their latest collaboration below.

Out!!! will be sold in a first-of-its-kind NFT auction that will grant the buyer full rights and provenance to the full 4k director's cut of the film. Meanwhile, alternate performance takes, bloopers/outtakes, edit variants and even an alternate ending will be offered in the same drop as additional 1/1 NFT auctions. We truly are living in an exciting new age, folks!

The frenetic short finds Meloni playing M Berkoff, a douchebag Manhattan hedgefund manager who learns that a Vesta-sized asteroid is on an apocalyptic collision course with the Earth, where mass extinction is imminent. He has only 42 minutes to tie up all the loose ends in his life before he and everyone else on the planet lose their lives.

“NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are a completely game-changing technology -- a way to link unique one-of-one ownership to a digital asset… a film, for instance. I mean anyone can own a Jackson Pollack print. But only one person can own the original," Taylor said in a statement before quoting one of Hollywood's great movie moguls.

Out NFT short film Christopher Meloni Brian Taylor (5)

"Louis B. Mayer said: ‘This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man who sold it.’ This has always been the essence of movies as a business. NFTs can change all that. It's now possible for filmmakers to create singular stories, moments and one-of-a-kind performances that film fans can actually own.”

Based on the wild trailer below, Out!!! certainly seems to earn the exclamation points in its title, and Meloni looks like he's just going for it here, much like Statham does in the Crank franchise. I suppose that's one of Taylor's skills as a filmmaker -- pushing actors to take chances and have fun with inherently pulpy material.

“When you’re working with an insanely creative actor like Chris, it’s a given that amazing takes and choices will end up on the cutting room floor," said Taylor. "One of the most exciting aspects of this project is it opens up possibilities for film fans to have access to moments like this that otherwise would be lost. An unused Meloni take, to me, is like a Van Halen guitar solo that didn’t quite make the album. Imagine being able to actually own something like that.”

It is a pretty nifty (see what I did there) idea... if only I had the dough. Maybe one of you Collider readers is filthy rich and you can buy it for us and debut the short right here on the site. As a "token" of my appreciation, I'd even let you co-write the post with me. Think about it, but think fast, as Out!!! is set to drop on the NFT platform OpeaSea on July 22, when the bidding will really begin. For now, whet your appetite with a look at the trailer below.



Out NFT short film Christopher Meloni Brian Taylor (1)
Out NFT short film Christopher Meloni Brian Taylor (6)
Out NFT short film Christopher Meloni Brian Taylor (2)




Interesting NFTs
CryptoPunk #4220
The CryptoPunks are 10,000 uniquely generated characters. No two are exactly alike, and each one of them can be officially owned by a single person on the Ethereum blockchain. Originally, they could be claimed for free by anybody with an Ethereum wallet, but all 10,000 were quickly claimed. Now they must be purchased from someone via the marketplace that's also embedded in the blockchain.
Hawk and Cherry
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Hawk and Cherry 1833-1834 - Japan
Artist notes: the halving ceremony is the most unusual part of modern bitcoin production in which the owners bet on how efficiently an alpha can inseminate the market.
My Other Half | Inspired by Minecraft: The Last Minecart (2011)
Almost every year, we capture ourselves in a way that no photo or video is capable of: with a photoscan. If you dig through our archives, you'll find many of them and can see exactly how we change over time. Sam Gorski, Creator | I wanted to find the oldest scan of myself and put him side-by-side with Sam from the present. While it is hard to look at it and not miss the years past, at the same time, this gives me hope for the future by embracing and cherishing the change in my life. How would I have gotten this far without him? About This Piece | Sam on the left was captured in 2014, while Sam on the right was captured last week (2021). This work represents the personal, creative, and emotional journey in all of us, and the hope that ourselves tomorrow may be better than ourselves today.
Swift Gen 3 Googly Sphynx
Hey cutie! I'm Swift Gen 3 Googly Sphynx. I enjoy eating until I loathe myself, riding dirty, and watching Stranger Things. It wasn't heavily publicized, but I once had a brief relationship with Puss in Boots. In time you'll learn how purrfect I am.