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The Lokals: Captivating NFT collection living inside a film

The Lokals is an innovative project that brings together the world of NFTs, blockchain technology, and captivating storytelling. It’s a collection of 5,000 unique NFTs that live inside an animated film.

Lucia Vukorepa

Jul 31, 2023, 4 minute read

The Lokals: Captivating NFT collection living inside a film

Scope of work

  • Smart contract development
  • Frontend development
Quality Assurance
  • Functional testing
  • Monitoring

About The Lokals

We are proud to share The Lokals, an innovative project that brings together the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain technology, and captivating storytelling. It’s a collection of 5,000 unique NFTs that live inside an animated film. Our role on this project was to develop smart contracts for the collection, mint page frontend, and execute the project launch.

Consisting of 5,000 distinct NFTs generated on the Ethereum blockchain, The Lokals take form within an immersive animated film. Each NFT from this remarkable collection will play a significant role in The Lokals Short Film and receive on-screen credits, ensuring their individual contribution is recognized. In addition to the animated film, there are exciting plans to expand The Lokals’ presence beyond the digital realm. The project launches its very own Metaverse, allowing NFT holders to explore and interact with The Lokals' universe in a virtual space. Furthermore, The Lokals aims to offer a range of physical merchandise, including unique clothing items, enabling fans and collectors to showcase their support in the real world.

The Lokals characters

The NFT collection

The Lokals NFT collection started by creating a series of stand-alone NFTs which represented local people from the Split (Croatia) area. The art pieces later evolved into a collection of 5,000 NFTs generated on the Ethereum blockchain and each token has a minting price of 0.1 ETH. The characters showcase the Mediterranean during the 80s, New Tendencies, punk music, rebellion, and above all, the pursuit of individuality, with scenes set in different parts of the town. You can find your everyday Lokals The Townies in Split 3, the center of the movement. The Workers live and do lots of manual labor in the shipyard Shkver. Then, there are The Athletes who are always ready for action and live in the sporting center Koteks. Of course, there are some popular town beaches such as Bachvice where The Beach Boys enjoy the sun, play local sport picigin and try to pick up women. Finally, The Artists have their own meeting point, the underground club The Cube. All of these unique personalities live together in one small Mediterranean town of Split, a melting pot of ideologies, characters, and lifestyles.

The Lokals town map

The animated film

In the past decade, we have been exploring, questioning, and creating new ways of reality with VR, metaverses, AR, and more. The Lokals will be exploring just how deep that rabbit hole can go as the film is set in the metaverse and hands of the AI, which appears just as human as any other film protagonist. The Lokals film is being produced by a multi-award-winning studio PrimeRender Studios, with over 70 awards from some of the biggest animation film festivals in the world. The award-winning directors and producers Veljko and Milivoj Popovic along with the creative force Bozo Balov will work on bringing this project to the big screen. They will be sharing their progress and engaging with the community through storyboarding, animation tests, ideas, and more. Every NFT from the collection of 5,000 will be a part of The Lokals Short Film, all will get on-screen credit. While some roles are on-screen in front of the camera, others will be working hard behind it in production.

The Lokals animated film

Launch of the collection

This project has been long in the making. As we have already mentioned, the collection has evolved from stand-alone characters by talented artist Bozo Balov who shared them with the community. Quickly, they were on the front pages of various social media platforms and soon they were minted and sold. This led to the creation of the whole The Lokals universe, inspired by Split. The studio came up with a collection of NFTs, each consisting of a still image and animation in gif and mp4 format. We were happy to hop on the project and develop a mint page fronted using Next.js and React technology, build smart contracts for the collection in Solidity, and finally, take on the responsibility of launch execution. Marko Marinovic, chief technology officer (CTO) and co-founder of Blank joined the project as one of the advisors. The minting date will be announced as soon as everything is ready for The Lokals to come to life. One of the most exciting aspects of the project will be The Lokals Metaverse. We can’t wait to see how far they push the technical limits and explore the art of storytelling.

The Lokals Notebook

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