First of all, we’d like to apologize for taking so long to post an update about the film. A lot has happened over the last several months—both in our personal lives as well as in the life of the project. At long last we’d like to bring everyone up to speed.
In early summer, we launched into production with high hopes of telling a story about US divers’ preparation for the London games. For the first few weeks, things seemed to be going well. The support from the diving community was overwhelming; the coaches and athletes we worked with were awesomely supportive and accommodating. Everything was proceeding as planned.
Then, after less than a month of production, we were confronted with a series of obstacles—some legal, some logistical—that prevented us from moving forward on our original vision. Setting out, we knew that making an Olympic-related film presented some significant challenges; as it turns out, these challenges were greater than we’d anticipated. Put simply, we were surprised to learn that certain powerful gatekeepers objected to the idea of our film being made. Despite unwavering support from the diving world, institutional forces exterior to the sport established a series of roadblocks that prevented us from moving forward with our production.
Since then, we’ve been forced to re-think our ideas about the film. While of course we were disappointed that we were unable to execute our original concept, after months of planning and careful reflection we‘ve finally settled on what we think is a powerful new vision for the film—and right now, we’re feeling very positive about the direction things are headed. We’ve determined that the best way forward will be to expand the time frame of the film: rather than following subjects over the course of a few months, our story will unfold over the course of several years. We’ll still be working with some of the nation’s top competitive divers; and as ever, we’ll be dedicated to revealing the unique character of this remarkable, underappreciated sport. Obviously, this means that you all will have to wait longer to see the final product (and to receive of your incentives). Please know that we did not arrive at this decision casually; after all, as filmmakers, this means we’re taking on an even bigger commitment—we’ll be living with this responsibility for years to come. But at this point, we’re convinced that spending more time on production will result in a far superior film.
We realize that this news will come as a disappointment to some of you. The success of the US diving team at this year’s games was nothing short of astonishing, and we’re still saddened that we weren’t able to capture the glory of their accomplishments. We can only hope that moving forward you all trust in our commitment to making the best film possible with the resources we have. We're as dedicated to the project as ever, and determined to follow through to the very end. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch if you have questions or concerns, and thank you all for your enduring support.
The Human Energy Team