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Sally Slade on NFTs

NFTs — or Non-Fungible Tokens — have hit the headlines recently after digital artist Beeple sold a JPEG for $69 million. But there are many questions about this new way of selling art: Is it a scam? How easy is it for artists to make millions with NFTs? What does “fungible” even mean?

In this podcast, digital artist and returning guest Sally Slade tells Chris everything she’s learned about NFTs in seven days. She talks him through turning one of her artworks into an NFT, beginning with buying cryptocurrency Ethereum to “minting” her artwork and listing it online. Sally digs into some of the ethical and environmental concerns about the NFT process and discusses what it could mean for the future of art and filmmaking.


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4:32 Re-introducing Sally

6:32 What is a Non-Fungible Token?

10:02 Minting

16:56 Simplifying NFT

24:11 Buying Ethereum

28:32 Minting her first artwork

34:39 Choosing Ethereum

43:07 Who can buy NFTs

54:37 NFTs and architecture

1:04:37 NFTs as the fart apps of today

1:17:09 Are NFTs a scam?

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: March 30, 2021.
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