By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire April 14, 2014 at 2:36PM
In Nicholas Mross' first documentary feature film "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin," the truth behind the now iconic program geared towards global economy is dissected, revealing its origins, prominence, volatility, criminal implications and ultimately its ever-evolving nature that made the subject so difficult for Mross to capture in his film.
Tell us about yourself. I am a 30-year-old filmmaker born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. From a very young age, I've enjoyed all kinds of movies, and after college I decided to pursue my passion for film. I have a positive outlook on life and very much enjoy the people I meet through different projects.
What was your biggest challenge in completing this project? Bitcoin is extremely complex and when I first began filming, I really didn't know much about it. My biggest challenge in making this project was learning the ins and outs of Bitcoin, so that I was able to make the most comprehensive documentary possible. We were capturing an ever-changing subject matter with an unknown future. Because of that, we filmed anything and everything we possibly could and never turned down an opportunity. New developments were happening practically everyday so by the end of production, the challenge became, “When do we stop filming?” We are very excited to share this film with the world, and I'm very proud of the story we were able to tell.
What do you have in the works? Making a documentary for the very first time was an incredible experience. But for my next project, I'm looking forward to making another narrative feature film. My team and I have a concept in mind and I've already begun the scriptwriting process.
Did you crowdfund? If so, via which platform? And if not, why? The project was mostly self-funded. We did, however, welcome donations through our website and received several contributions (in BTC) from the very supportive bitcoin community.
What camera did you shoot on? We primarily shot on two cameras: the Sony FS-700 and the Canon 5D Mark III.
Did you go to film school? If so, which one? Yes, I attended the Toronto Film School in Toronto, Canada. I really enjoyed the film program there and made great connections and friends with whom I continue to collaborate on projects today.
What films have inspired you? There are so many films that I love and that have inspired me, it's hard to say. But if I had to pick the ones I could watch again and again, they would be "Heat," "Sneakers," "The Game," "Bottle Rocket," and "A River Runs Through It." All of these films have exceptional moments that never get old and have inspired me through the course of my career.
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