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California-based film studio selling NFTs of the Alamo to San Antonio

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It was bound to happen someday. A California-based independent film studio has made NFTs of the Alamo because it’s 2022 and just about anything can happen.

A collection of “special limited edition” non-fungible tokens (NFTs) known as the “Alamo Monument NFT” series will be sold on the online marketplace OpenSea.io starting March 25, according to a news release. The NFTs were created by ZapPictures.

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The “hand-made” NFTs — based off a 1904 photo of the Alamo — will be animated. One of the images shows roaches crawling all over the Alamo.


ZapPictures is an independent film studio led by writer and director James F. Robinson, according to its website. Robinson has directed and produced several independent film projects, including the 1997 film Still Breathing starring Brendan Fraser.

It’s not known what Robinson’s connection to San Antonio is other than graduating Magna Cum Laude from Trinity University, his website claims.

What is an NFT?

An NFT is another form of cryptocurrency that allows someone to purchase digital ownership of a digital product. In this case it’s digital artwork sold as collectibles. NFT evangelists, mostly crypto bros, say the difference between a digital artwork and something physical like a trading card is that ownership of the image, essentially a JPEG, is tracked by a blockchain.

What is a blockchain? Look I’m trying not to make things too complicated, but has blockchain is a digital receipt that records data like transactions to show proof of ownership.

Fans of cryptocurrency say the blockchain never lies and proves that only the person who purchased the NFT is the sole owner of the original image.

Put simply, people are buying a token saying they own an original piece of digital artwork, and its possible for people to buy multiple units of an NFT. Any copies or screenshots of the image, however, are not original image.

Anyway. Here is another image of the Alamo NFT that will be sold soon.

The photo of the Alamo has been digitally altered and supposedly animated.

The photo of the Alamo has been digitally altered and supposedly animated.

Courtesy of ZapPictures

NFTs are being sold as the future of cryptocurrency. They’re viewed as an avenue for artists to sell their work and a way for someone to actually own digital property in Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse.

They’re not cheap by any means. An NFT called “The Merge” by digital artist Pak was sold for $91.8 million.

But it’s still an emerging technology tied to a cryptocurrency market that is highly volatile and filled with pump-and-dump scams. There are also environmental impact concerns of NFTs, or the carbon footprint of the amount of electricity used and heating pollution in the process of making and selling the digital product.

There is also the most questionable content of NFTs. Say hello to Meta Girlfriend NFTs. Their personalities range from tight-fitting nurse outfits to tight-fitting pirate outfits. Yikes.



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