Pavel Muntyan. Freeman
- Mr. Freeman is the main character of the animated web series of the same name, which appeared on YouTube in 2009 and gained considerable popularity in RuNet. At the moment, there are 22 episodes and 10 video-questions, which have been watched by more than 98 million people! The main content of the videos is monologues, which provocatively criticize the way of life of the modern philistine. Initially, the videos came out anonymously. Creators originally deliberately supported false versions of authorship. Only a year later, on December 11, 2011, Vadim Demchog admitted that he voiced Freeman in all editions and, later, on December 21, 2012, a video interview entitled “00:00:00” was published, in which the creators of the project were revealed. They were Pavel Muntyan (the author of the idea, screenwriter), Vladimir Ponomarev (director), Anatoly Dobrozhan ( screenwriter) and Vadim Demchog (actor, screenwriter). On July 20, 2017, Mr. Freeman launched his MFCoin cryptocurrency and on August 14, 2017, through social networks, a new virtual state of Freeland was announced. We met with Pavel Muntyan and talked about freedom, neural networks, cryptocurrencies and the future of media Industry. Mr. Freeman
“There was Vadim Demchog who had a radio character, named Frankie, who, every day, woke up in a new role and broadcast from the first person. I wrote scripts for Frankie at that time and we became friends with Vadim on this basis and, since then, I shared with him the concept of Freeman. At the time, Demchog had been voicing a 7-year anonymous show on the radio, on Sundays, and, so, he immediately seized on the idea to be the voice of Freedom.
Only three episodes were done, with a little political overtones and everything else is pure philosophy and our accumulated experiences that needed to be splashed somewhere. Each series is the result of the collective intelligence of me, Anatoly Dobrozhan, Vladimir Ponomarev and Vadim Demchog. We jointly adjust each word and, only then, approve the script. Earlier, the project existed at the expense of sponsors, in particular Sergei Polonsky. For example, the last series of ‘Ode’ collected on Planeta.ru about 20,000 dollars and 90,000 dollars were raised with the help of patron, and the series itself cost $117,000”.
Toonbox Animation Studio
“Toonbox is primarily a children’s animation and accompanying components of the merchandise. We go out in 130 countries in 26 languages and on such channels as Disney, JimJim, EBS and many others. The first season of “Kit^n^Kate” cost $2.6 million, and the creation process took us about 3 years. Everything begins with the ideas mine and my business partner Vladimir Ponomarev, then it goes to screenwriters who are mostly Americans. Then, the rough voice and the animation on which the characters are developed is realised. The composition of the final, with special effects, is then written. The music we make in Canada, and then we collect it”.
Virtual state of Freeland
“The main message of Virtual state of Freeland is that a person is initially free and does not need to earn the freedom, but simply to know about it and remember. For example, I consider myself a cosmopolitan and I fight for the freedoms that are given to a person by default. If freedom does not violate another’s freedoms, then this is the main value.
As for such attributes of statehood, as the arms of flags and so on, I believe that they are long overdue. A clear example of this is the European Union: who now remembers the flags of its members? We are now temporary using the officially adopted by the world-wide bank system KYC (Know Your Customer), client identification system, and this is enough to get the citizenship of our state. The only thing we sell in our virtual state is the passport of the citizen of Freeland. We invested a lot of resources in creating a passport and this is one of the most beautiful passports in the world, packed with meanings and all possible forms of protection.
- In general, Freeland is the platform for new social and financial relations and, initially, the concept was that the state of the future is a service company. By and large, any state provides a list of services that the state, itself, does not produce. There are contract companies that perform certain functions for the state, starting from the army and ending with the cadastral registries. All are done by contracting companies. Again, we position this project primarily as an ideological story and not as a business project”.
“Neural networks will soon become ubiquitous in our lives – this is quite obvious. I’m just monitoring trends and how it is going now. Imagine if we allow, in neural networks, to download all of the literature from the Old Testament to the present day, the entire history of the film industry over the past 100 years, Shakespeare, Greek Mythology and all of the social models of people’s relationships. Then, we can generate history and create any work, cinema or any content for a specific order.
Now, the last thing for which states exist is the judicial systems, but, in the near future, neural networks can completely replace the judicial system because the decision in any law on any issues will be based on the experience of the last 200-300 years and the errors due to the human factor will become obviously several times less”.
“Absolute freedom does not exist, but this is something to strive for. Of course there are social obligations – once a person is born a child, he is already not free. There are rules that are set by society, but there are freedoms that have formed over the past 2,000 years and there is a new trend when they are taken away. A virtual state, hypothetically and potentially, can return a number of freedoms that are selected by modern society in people”.
“What is the noosphere? It is the information field of the earth and any person who meditates comes into resonance with it. I build such a resonator between Paphos and Limassol in the Pissouri area. Its main part consists of three labyrinths, one large zodiac labyrinth and two small planetary ones; one male and another female. It is a kind of art object and, at the same time, it is a purely meditative practice. You enter the labyrinth, you pass 290 steps by the number of days of pregnancy and, depending on what kind of beginning is not enough in you, you choose either a male or female labyrinth to walk. Pure meditation and purification”.
The Future of Media Industry
“When we started animating, the screen size was Pal Secam 720X576. Then, Half HD, Full HD, Ultra HD and Ultra HD 8k appeared , which corresponds to 8,000 points horizontally. In 10 years, the number of points increased by 10 rt. We can assume that in 10 years, the number of points will be equal to 80,000 points.
The cartoon ‘Cars’ was rendered 2.5 years, (‘Rendering’ is a term in computer graphics indicating the process of obtaining images on a model using computer programs), but now existing game engines, such as Unity and Unreal, create special effects on the fly. The development of technologies in the media industry is moving toward increasing pixel and instant rendering”.
The future of Cyprus as the Silicon Valley of the Mediterranean
“At the moment, Cyprus is an effective jurisdiction for us in terms of finances, but we do not know how long it will last. It seems to me that in 2021, when the current situation with preferential taxation for the IT industry in Cyprus ends and taxes become the same as throughout Europe, the cash flow that is being pumped in here and Cyprus will become less financially attractive as it ceases to flow. The trend, it seems to me, will pass, although, on the other hand, in Palo Alto, everything started in a garage for Apple and Microsoft and they have grown to their present size”.
About new projects
“We are preparing to launch two new animated series and we want to launch them together with computer games; that is, try to dive into two industries at the same time. We have already done an advanced project – the world’s first animated film in virtual reality, with multi-ending plot (i.e.: depending on where you look in the film, you have a different storyline). Nobody has done this before us. We showed it in California to professionals from YouTube, Oculus, Snapchat, but they just did not know what to do about it. We have come before our time – the market is not ready for this yet and the viewer is not ready. Everything has its time”.
“Cryptocurrency is a purely geek-ish (IT) story. The idea is very simple. The user has an open and private key. On an open key, data are coded and on a private key, they are packed for another person. He opens and sends his message to someone else with a private key. The same thing happens with cryptowallets; only hash (coded key) is still the key to solve the problem in order to get a bonus in the form of an encoded cryptocurrency’s prize for mining.
The idea of blockchain is not new at all. Take Shakespeare. His Venetian merchant sent out receipts from Venice and, in each city, made a notarised copy. This is a blockchain in its pure form and, accordingly, when he came to the place, a person could not say that he did not take money in debt because the notarised copies were already across the country. Then, on the back of the old receipts, he created new receipts, thus distributing copies of his own receipts, also inside Venice itself and this is noted in 1594. Bank secrecy is a thing of the past and no one has noticed that it happened and the modern world and solutions with crypto-currencies and blocking allow us to restore such a thing as a ‘banking secret’.
The mechanics of cryptocurrency is a solution that is not virtual, but quite a payment tool. This does not mean that this is something new, but then, it turned out at the right time and in the right place. Now, there are more than 3,000 types of crypto-currencies, which are traded on the stock exchange and fitting into this market is very difficult. In order to get in the crypto exchange, you need to pay almost half a million dollars. Our MFCoin cryptocurrency was launched as a springboard for the creation of our virtual state. We found professionals here in this field and wrote all the infrastructure around MFCoin ourselves, organised media support and invested in packaging and design, but it’s hard to go out into this market now. In our time, inventing something from scratch is very difficult. Everything has been invented for a long time, so now there is a combinatorics of solutions, with crypt and messengers; this is combinatorics in its purest form”.