The Story of “A Krampus Tale”, an Animated Short by CryptoFlash
The mythical creature of festive folklore takes centre stage in an animated short 12 months in the making – and you can reap its rewards!
At the time of publication, John held 39 CryptoFlash NFTs worth 7,718 WAX ($369 USD). These NFTs were acquired via primary drop, auction, the secondary market and airdrop rewards.
Since our interview 9 months ago, CryptoFlash has continued to go from strength to strength on the WAX blockchain, in spite of the bear market.
At the time, his 1-year anniversary 1-of-1 auction (which I personally purchased) was his biggest project to date, but this Christmas, he strove to hit a whole new level.
With his animated short A Krampus Tale now live, let’s dive into how it came together – and how you can reap the rewards of its success.
On December 21, 2021, CryptoFlash minted an animated Krampus NFT as a Christmas gift to all those holding a full set of his NFTs. Wanting to do something bigger, bolder and more elaborate for Christmas 2022, he started to formulate ideas for an animated short, with Krampus as the centrepiece.
This would be a challenge. He’d only got into animation around the same time CryptoFlash started in early 2021, and this would be his largest project to date – with the only goal being to just make something he could actually finish.
CryptoFlash started his research. He knew he wanted to craft a traditional Krampus tale, but needed further inspiration. He stumbled across old European Krampus greetings cards, fascinated by the stark colours, devilish creatures and haunting imagery, and with them in mind, he sprung into action.
The storyboard, animation, compositing and editing was done by CryptoFlash himself, with the profits from his NFT collection used to license music, hire a voice actor and, after many long months, enter the finished short into a number of film festivals.
A Krampus Tale has currently played at 8 different film festivals, with several others in the pipelines. So far, it’s won Silver in Motion Graphics at the Los Angeles Animation Festival, Best Animated Short at the Jorjezian Film Festival, as well as a host of Official Selection awards.
Alongside critical acclaim, the short has found a legion of fans, both within the CryptoFlash community and beyond – including one who liked it so much that he got a tattoo in its honour.
Additionally, according to CryptoFlash, A Krampus Tale has been; “a very good tool to get non-crypto people interested in the CryptoFlash project”, whilst also raising awareness of the WAX blockchain and NFT art in general. Wins all round!
In spite of its popularity, CryptoFlash won’t be minting A Krampus Tale, reasoning that he doesn’t like to mint too much of his work, and that it helps keep his NFT collection clean.
Despite this, there is a way for collectors to get involved. Three NFTs within the CryptoFlash collection are featured within A Krampus Tale – if you’re holding all three by Christmas Day (December 25), you’ll receive a share of all the profits it’s generated so far.
CryptoFlash’s collectors made the short possible, so he’s keen to reward those who have supported him thus far. On most recent calculation, each holder of all three NFTs would receive $6.38 in WAX, though that’s liable to change. Should the short continue to generate revenue in future, CryptoFlash has pledged to repeat the profit-share at a later date.
What about next year? CryptoFlash has stated he would “like to do one short a year”, but found it difficult to keep up with both his regular NFT sets and this short project this year. No promises from him, but we at NFT Insider sincerely hope he can make these shorts an annual affair!
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