Ground control to Major Tom – In 2019, the French cinematographic UFO “Blood Machines” landed in theaters. Between chiseled French-Tech and hallucinated French-Touch, the director duo Seth Ickerman gave us a new opus in an atypical format. 50 minutes of a cosmic opera in three acts, half video clip, half auteur cinema, which at the time stuck us in a dystopian future with a strong reminiscence of the eighties. On the way to becoming iconic, the “mechanical-organic” phenomenon is now projected a little further into technological allegory, at the frontiers of reality. A few days ago, a first capsule collection of NFTs from the “Blood Machines” universe went on sale. For the occasion, the famous gamified DeFi protocol Cometh decided to board the ship urgently. Let’s point our telescopes at a UFO which is about to conquer the earth.
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Blood machines: NFTs to teleport in the metaverse
Seth Ickerman and Logical Pictures, in partnership with Cascade8, launch a never-before-seen collection of NFTs based on the Blood Machines universe. The objective is to create a unique experience for fans of the science fiction film that made the headlines in underground cinema in 2019. Indeed, NFT has now become a real media, singular and recognized, which makes it possible to prolong the magic of a rich pictorial universe, in particular through video games and why not even into the metaverse(s).
Blood Machines is one of those films with a strong aesthetic personality, enjoying an engaged fan community. It naturally appeared as the perfect exploration base for these new opportunities represented by “non-fungible tokens” within the audiovisual industry. So NFT Blood Machines will feature virtual items based on key elements from the movie, such as characters, spaceships, weapons, and more.
Seth Ickerman and his producer Logical Pictures (which presents a film in official competition at Cannes this Wednesday), are therefore launching an unprecedented collection of NFTs based on the Blood Machines universe, in partnership with Cascade8’s NFT Lab. Digital objects that will be divided into 3 categories: maps, gifs and videos.
A stellar two-step partnership to conquer the DeFi universe
The news having crossed the French audiovisual and cultural space, an incandescent DeFi flying object thus aligned itself with the digital trajectory of the project. The partnership between the game Cometh, which has just raised 10 million euros, and Cascade8 seems obvious as the film’s aesthetic is conducive to the “gaming” extension.
From the first viewing, the universe of Blood Machines marked us enormously with its context of interstellar conflict, its singular designs and its strong visual identity. This collaboration will enrich the experience of our games for owners of NFT Blood Machines as well as that of their opponents.
Jerome de Tychey, CEO of Cometh
The first phase of the partnership is now activated through the sale of the first capsule collection of NFT Blood Machines. It is currently taking place on filmseriesnft.comalso available on Open sea. About forty visuals created specifically by the directors based on images from the film. Thus, historical fans were able to buy a preview of some already cult NFTs, in particular the most emblematic (and most expensive) of this collection, representing the official poster of the film.
This collection, in addition to many perks, notably allows you to be part of the whitelist for phase 2. At the end of July, it will offer an exclusive collection of Blood Machines ships and crew members, which can be used in the Cometh game. An opportunity that has already prompted many fans to acquire several of these precious digital sesames today. For full details, visit the website
Blood machines: NFTs to go back in time
This digital collection promises to be beautiful. And for good reason, the visual power released by Blood Machines will have shocked more than one. But the SF veterans are in heaven. The nostalgic forty-something is sent back to his prepubescent teenage bedroom, the walls covered with posters torn from the central pages of the cult “Métal Hurlant” and other “Mad Movies”. The work is a real tribute to the tradition of French anticipation. The references intertwine in an aestheticizing and jubilant orgy that a Tarantino on acid would not deny.
The retro-futuristic bias is very successful, catalyzed by an extraordinary photography, saturated and oozing at will. The post-apocalyptic triptych in which Druillet, Moebius and Giger seem to jostle pell-mell oscillates between mastered high-tech and totally assumed “Do-It-Yourself” freshness. A kaleidoscopic and outrageous approach that one would think filmed “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…” in highly altered super-8 quality. The powerful and granular synthwave by Carpenter Brut enhances the evocative poetry declaimed in three acts of a transhumanist and disenchanted tale. Was “lo-sci-fi” born?
Science fiction rooted in the body
The pitch had immediately raised the ears of all SF fans:
“Two hunters are tracking a machine that is trying to emancipate itself. After shooting her down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the specter of a young woman tears itself from the carcass of the ship as if it had a soul. Seeking to understand the nature of this specter, they begin a chase with it through space.
Blood Machines, a film by Set Ickerman
The period could be shortly after the end of the film “Blade Runner”. The story is billed as a sequel to the “Turbo Killer” music video that Seth Ickerman previously directed for Carpenter Brut. A video that had at the time won a huge success. From this first step will be born the project “Blood Machines”, community-funded through two Kickstarter campaigns. Two rounds that had enabled the team to raise €500,000 and to create a quasi-fanatic fan club.
Blood machines bleed. woman is god
Without trying to tell a story, the film instead takes us into an evocation, a dream with a high symbolic content. As if branded with tinplate, the women wear an inverted cross on their foreheads or stomachs. The sign of a fatal curse which seems to target their bodies and minds. They are pursued by men, in a world of men, and set themselves up as resistance fighters, sometimes priestesses, sometimes warriors, material or immaterial.
The machines are also women. They give birth and protect, like “Mother” who once governed the Nostromo. Jean-Pierre Genet, who also seems to be a major inspiration for the team, had also taken the allegory to its climax by providing the “Alien” queen with a reproductive device to give birth, just before dying. The monster was in fact a mother, strong and free. A loving, life-giving creature as much as an evil weapon of mass destruction for the established order.
Blood Machines, in addition to a dantesque and totally crazy opus, can therefore be considered as a feminist pamphlet. A sharp look where the beauty of women’s bodies is exhibited and confronts taboos. As Russ Meyer is his “super-vixens”, Blood Machines sounds the charge of cosmic valkyries attacking patriarchal well-being.
An ideal of emancipation strongly supported in the blockchain ecosystem. There is no doubt that the NFT Blood Machines will find their place in the multi-dimensional space of our imaginations. For some, digital cult objects to the glory of a deliciously outdated 80’s aesthetic. For others, unalterable professions of faith deployed for eternity on decentralized networks and soon metaverses.
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