In a lot of kickstarters, it appears now is when I would send you some indicator of tragedy, refocus, excuses, or something involving my supply chain that lets you know we're DOOOOOMED.
Nothing of the sort.
The DEFCON Documentary took a lot more time than I expected, but it's pretty much done and edited. It's looking like it will be released for DEFCON XXI in the summer, and the main movie will be online for free with deluxe packages available. That part's out of my hands, and all I can say is that it's quite the movie, with something like 1500 cuts and thousands of people in it, all under two hours.
Current plans to do something like that again: None. I turned down a couple related documentary offers - I have my Kickstarted movies to make!
I've been filming off and on for the past few months, but starting in May I go into very high gear. If you've brainstormed some people you think I should be interviewing or events or facts I should be aware of, do NOT be shy. Hit me up here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In it, I announce that I'm no longer shipping my current movies internationally. As I should have guessed, a couple backers wrote me going "hey what".
Let me clarify.
I did this because the prices for shipping and the process of shipping is really onerous, and doesn't scale to the old films I have. It's too expensive and the time required is really getting to be too much.
OF COURSE all your kickstarted movies and physical packages you are due from this kickstarter are coming to you, regardless of where you are in the world!
In the future, I suspect these physical packages will be rather expensive and deluxe, and there will be ample digital-only versions. In other words, the only way to make physical packages make sense is to make really nice ones, or let people drop a few bucks and watch a streaming digital version. The middle ground is essentially caved in now.
What else have I been up to? I've put terabytes of software on the Internet Archive - it's by far the largest collection of software online in the world. I've also put up thousands of magazines, hundreds of newsletters, and countless other items. This is the year you can get your hands on computer history. It's a nice feeling. The overview of that announcement is here:
One other thing.
And you've already seen shots from the ARCADE shoot I did in January in the previous update.
While I was doing some of the final quality checks for DEFCON, going through the playthroughs and noting things like transition errors and sound level, it just kept hitting me - what a beautiful, haunting movie. Shots are in near darkness, or along crowded hallways, or having people standing alone or seated while we ask them questions. It's just a beautiful movie. I kept being struck by that again.
A lot of my previous work was a case of pretty intense compromise here and there. Obviously I am a fierce editor and I do a lot of work to polish things together, but the visuals and the sound were always a concern and in some cases I had to get by. No more. Your being part of my kickstarter ensures that the most beautiful, haunting scenes will be in the movie.
So again, thanks for that.
And one last reminder: If you ever need questions asked, if you ever have concerns or ideas or anything, e-mail me or write me here. The door is always open for you, my most supportive friends.