[Retracted by hashedMae] Proposal: Smart Contract Literacy Video Series (The Anti Rug)

Title: Smart Contract Literacy Video Series (potential alternative: The Anti Rug)

Authors: @hashedMae

Squad: hashedMae, chrisfcrypto, liquidiot, EurekaJohn

Date Created: October 9th, 2021

Date Posted:

Tags: Video, Educational, Smart Contracts, Bankless Brand


A series of 6 educational videos that will teach users to read and engage directly with smart contracts, all released by the end of season 2.


One of the most often repeated phrases in Web3 is “Do Your Own Research,” but how much research can one really do if they aren’t able to read and understand the workings of a smart contract? The resources that are currently available for learning about smart contracts and solidity are almost exclusively aimed at developers. While thorough, these aren’t accessible to Web3 users without a technical background or interest in learning how to develop smart contracts. This video series will start to close that gap, showing people the major red flags to watch out for, how different sorts of contracts work, and how to engage with them directly in the event that a front end is down.


How does this project help the DAO achieve its mission and align with it’s values?

It will increase the competency and confidence for users to safely engage with Web3 products, both in and out of the DAO. These videos will help Web3 users reach the next level in their journey, achieving a strong technical base that goes beyond just interacting with websites.


6 Videos, 5-10 minutes Each

This is scoped for Season 2, if successful and there is enough interest additional videos could be made on different subjects in future seasons

Currently slated topics for each video:

Video 1 - How to use a contract on EtherScan, Brief Overview of Contract Source Code

Video 2 - How Governance Contracts Works

Video 3 - How Dex Contracts Works

Video 4 - How a Bridge Contract Works

Video 5 - How a Lending Contract Works (AAVE)

Video 6 - Malicious Contracts, Exploits


Defined Roles and Responsibilities:

Producer/Project Manager - hashedMae, Oversee and coordinate workflows and meetings, create storyboard for each video, review submissions, give notes, review revisions

Technical/Solidity Expert - unfilled, research subject of each video, provide technical explainer presentation for each subject for team, answer any questions on each subject that comes up

Voice Over Performer - Liquidiot, perform and record monologue for each video

Writer - unfilled, write voiceover monologue for each video

Capture Artist -EurekaJohn, capture screen footage for each subject, showcasing parts of smart contracts and functions in sync with voice over

Graphics Artist - chrisf.crypto, create visual graphics for each video, eg title card, any necessary captions, branding, closing card

Video Editor - EurekaJohn and chrisf.crypto, edit together final videos for release from capture footage, voiceover, and graphics

Audio Engineer/Editor - Liquidiot, coordinate with Voice Over Performer to record and master voice over track

Video Workflow

Pre Production

  • Research and then technical explainer presentation by Technical Expert, mandatory attendance from Writer and Producer, others welcome optionally
  • Producer creates storyboard
  • Writer creates monologue script for voice over, submits to Producer for notes, makes any revisions


  • Recording of voice over by Voice Over Performer and Audio Engineer, submits to Producer for notes, makes any revisions
  • Graphics Artist makes any graphics required for video, submits to Producer for notes, makes any revisions, makes final versions available to Video Editor
  • Capture Artist captures screen footage based on story board and voice over script, submits to Producer for notes, makes revisions

Post Production

  • Audio Engineer makes final edits to Voice Over track and makes it available to the Video Editor
  • Video Editor makes edits from the captured footage so it follows along with the Voice Over Track and Story Board, adds graphics where needed, submits to Producer for notes, makes any revisions

Rolling Production

Goal will be to create a pipeline so multiple videos will be in production at each stage. Anticipating first 3 stages to take up to two weeks each as we revise and establish workflow.

Weekly standup meetings with the team.

Stage 1: Start on pre pro for Video #1 (technical explainer, writing, storyboarding)

Stage 2: Move Video #1 to pro (audio capture, graphics, screen capture), Start on pre pro for Video #2

Stage 3: Move Video #1 to post pro (video editing, audio editing, mashing it all together), start on pro for Video #2, start on pre pro for Video #3

Stage 4: Video #1 final revisions, Video #2 post pro, Video #3 pro, Video #4 pre pro

Stage 5: Video #2 final revisions, Video #3 post pro, Video # 4 pro, Video #5 pro

Stage 6: Video # 3 final revisions, Video #4 post pro, Video #5 pro, Video #6 pro

Stage 7: Video #4 final revisions, Video #5 post pro, Video #6 pro

Stage 8: Video #5 final revisions, Video #6 post pro

Stage 9: Video #6 final revisions


Producer/Project Manager 16 hrs per video, 96 hr total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 96,000 BANK

Technical Expert 6 hr per video, 36 hrs total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 36,000 BANK

Voice Over Talent 3 hrs per video, 18 hrs total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 18,000 BANK

Video Editor 8 hr per video, 48 hrs total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 48,000 BANK

Audio Editor 6 hr per video, 36 hr total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 36,000 BANK

Writer 4 hrs per video, 1 hr for technical session and 3 hrs for writing per video 24 hrs total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 24,000 BANK

Graphics Artist 2 hrs per video, 12 hrs total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 12,000 BANK

Capture Artist 4 hrs per video, 24 hr total @ 1000 BANK/hr = 24,000 BANK

50,000 BANK for Bounties and Overages

344,000 BANK Total

I intend to take this proposal to other DAOs, like GitCoin and Uni, for additional grants.


Videos will be posted publicly, brand will be used in pre-roll, DAO logo in the lower right corner, and credits.


User feedback, view numbers


Fill vacancies, start on production of first video, establish workflow


hashedMae - Jr Web 3 Developer, Dev Guild Member, DEGEN Contributor

Liquidiot - Voice over specialist and audio production enthusiast, AV Guild member and Coordinator

chrisf.crypto - Graphic design and video production. Design, AV, Marketing and Education Guilds

EurekaJohn - YouTuber, Podcaster, Researcher, Host, Improv, Video and Audio editor

  • This is good and should go forward
  • This needs revisions and I’ll comment below
  • Not into it, we don’t need this

0 voters


Three questions:

  1. Do videos of this style already exist? How do we know we’re not replicating content.
  2. If this extends into future seasons, it would be good to have them sponsored. Have you thought about this?
  3. Could these videos be repurposed for Bankless Academy at some point?
  1. The short videos (sub 10 minutes) give a high level overview of what a smart contract is but don’t show any detail. The more in depth ones are 25 minutes plus, and are more so recorded lectures and presentations. These videos will be unique in that they’re succinct and compact with no fluff. The target audience is a current web 3 user that already knows how to use a wallet and dapp front end.
  2. Sponsorships no, outside grants yes. We’re definitely not going to be able to cover everything in 6 videos. Using Sponsorships and outside grants to fund past 6 videos would be great and something I can actively start pursuing.
    3)100% yes. Have spoken briefly with that team. Our format does differ from theirs but we can keep the Masters so it could be possible to re-edit to fit their style in the future without starting over. They could also be incorporated as is once finished. They expressed interest but have the focus for season 2 already so incorporating this series would be a later season possibility.

I’m going to have to vote no on this one.
I see the value, but given that we’re already strained on the grants committee budget, this seems like a “nice to have” than something that merits the 300,000+ BANK.

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I think that this content is valuable and would be good material for Bankless Academy in a later season.

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It seems like every day on reddit’s privacy and security subreddits I see people saying they refuse to use some software because it’s not open source, and recommending something else in its place because it is open source. “If it’s not open source we don’t really know what it’s doing.” But if you ask if they’ve looked at the code most people will say, “oh, no - I’m not a coder.” They’re happy that in theory someone could look at the code, but they aren’t doing it and they don’t know how. In this space we’re fond of telling people to do their own research, which rings hollow since very few know how to do that research. To new people we’re saying, “welcome to crypto - it’s dangerous here, so read everything carefully. And by the way all the signs are in a language you don’t speak.” This could be the first step toward solving that problem.

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@frogmonkee I’m retracting this proposal and will be posting one with a more focused scope. Not enough time left in the season for 6 videos so will be making a proposal for a sort of pilot series with intention of funding future series with outside grants and sponsorships. Please move this one to archive.