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I haven't followed this project in a very long time, but I was very hopeful that this project would succeed. When I first contributed to this project at the Executive Producer level, our own makerspace was just getting off the ground, and I had hoped to talk you guys into featuring our space in the documentary. I wish things could have happened differently. I had very high hopes for this project! However, I'd be quite interested in any seeing any footage you've collected. I may have missed the details regarding this, but is it available?
Yes, please post whatever you guys have! At this point, I'd be happy with that even if I don't get the partial refund.
Eep, 4 years since this was funded...
Absolutely agree that putting the raw material online as 'archival' material would be the best (and the least) that could be done.
Seriously, things happen. If the doc hasn't been made by this point, it won't be. Just post some short interviews or interesting segments and call it done. As someone else said, the Maker movement has changed so much since this was funded. Just be honest about it.
To be honest, the Maker Movement has exploded so fast since this project began that the video content is probably woefully out of date. Prices have decreased, Makerspaces have come and gone... Just wish the crew would release the raw stuff and put it to rest.
Same for me. If this was a failure it was totally OK with me. But let us be honest about it...
After almost 4 years of waiting, please someone call this one dead so we can all move on. Just make it official. Say "we tried and failed" or just give us some closure. Throw up the unedited footage somewhere, share the link and turn off the light.
Another gentle reminder that an official update would be very welcome, hopefully the project will come about eventually.
*bump* any official updates please? The last one in the updates was October last year! It was heartening to see a comment here, but that was still 3 months ago. A "don't worry, we're still here" post would be nice :)
We haven't abandoned the project, but it is definitely overwhelming us. This is (obviously) taking much longer than we'd hoped or anticipated, and there have been numerous setbacks along the way. Rest assured, there will be documentary at the end of it all.
The team is smaller than it was at the start, and though we have a lot of fantastic footage, we don't have as much time to turn it into a feature-length film as we'd originally thought we would. Feature length films, even when they have big budgets and large teams of paid and experienced staff, can take a long time to produce. While the money we raised here allowed us to buy the necessary equipment and travel, we certainly don't have enough to pay ourselves or anyone else to work on it. This means that we can only do as much as we can in the time outside of our day-jobs.
Since this is our first documentary, we've made a lot of mistakes, and have had to learn and adapt along the way. I'm sure that many Makers experience this when working on a new project, and they know how frustrating it can be (especially when there are 244 people waiting for the end result).
We really appreciate that our backers still check in with us to see how things are coming, and we hope to have something special to show soon. We are working as hard as we can, and come hell or high water, we will have it done this year.
Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Has this thing been abandoned? Over three years and no documentary. Very disappointed, guys.
Hey everyone! Thank you for keeping up with us!
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE DELAY AND LACK OF UPDATES! WE ARE TERRIBLE PEOPLE, WE ADMIT IT!
We are redeeming ourselves though... We have partnered with another production company (that has actually finished films in the past) and will be posting a major update very soon. We are making significant progress, we promise!
Thanks again for your concern!
Fast approaching 3 years. Any update?
Coming up on 2.5 years since funding. Any update?
Any updates on the project? It has been a while since you have posted updates.
Hello. I was unable to leave a comment under the most recent update for some reason, so I will post here again. Anyway, I wanted to see how the project was coming along, because it's been about half a year since the last update. I think most of us understand that it certainly takes a lot of effort and time to complete a film, especially when it's just a small group of filmmakers involved. Still, I do think that we need to be kept informed of the progress -- at this point, maybe monthly updates? We are rooting for you, of course, but we do feel there needs to be more contact, even if just to say what your short-term goals are. It sounded like you were almost done 6 months ago, but then all went silent.
Thanks, and take care.
-Matt, one of your exec producers
You promised to deliver updates on a more regular basis. However, the last one was almost 6 months ago. It would be nice to know the progress of the film. As one of the first projects I decided to support on kickstarter, this has left a very stale taste in my mouth. I will not be funding another film on kickstarter in the future. Please let us know where you're at and when we can expect to see a final cut. I very much love the maker movement, and I was very excited when this film began. I understand a lot has changed since then, but the core concepts are still there. I'm still excited to see how you've managed to capture that, so please don't make this something that we all wished we hadn't backed.
Hey Jerry (and all other backers),
You have no idea how bad we feel that the film isn't done yet! We are still working on it, but it's taking a lot longer to put the story together than we'd hoped. We want to thank all of you for your patience, and rest assured, you will get the DVDs that you were promised.
I agree! A lot has changed in the Maker Movement since the beginning of the project; but that won't make our footage stale. There are still many, many people out there that are completely unaware of the movement occurring right now, and we feel comfortable in our film's ability to inform and excite them about it. We have also done our best to keep up with the movement itself, and tweak our story and focus in light of recent developments.
As a quick update (expect a much more detailed one next week):
We are 97% done with filming, our storyline is set, and we are in heavy post-production mode. This involves a lot of transcribing audio into text, which involves watching every single piece of footage and writing down what was said. Needless to say, this can take a while, and it is only one part of the process. We are doing absolutely everything in our power to have a finished film by the end of the year!
Again, we are truly sorry for the (extreme!) delay in delivering a finished DVD. It's a lot of work making a feature length documentary, doubly so when there are only four people on the team, and triply so when none of them are paid to do it! We really want to thank you all for being so understanding. We'll do our best to post more regular updates here on our progress!
Its been almost 2 years now. The footage you took is getting really stale and lots has changed as the maker world has grown. Have you shelved the project? Gotten too busy on other projects (feeding self and rent) to complete the editing?
Of all the projects I've funded here on kickstarter, this is the only one that has failed to deliver, so far.
Please finish up the dvd and send it out, or per kickstarter rules, refund our money.
I don't think I ever got the DVD? Is it ready yet?
While waiting for the film release, I've been wearing my t-shrit A LOT. It is one of the best Maker shirts I have and I'd like to get more. Have you considered selling them? etsy? thinkGeek? or one of the maker outlets (makerShed, adafruit, etc)
Or release the artwork as CC and encourage people to make em themselves locally!!
Any updates on when we are looking at a release of the documentary? Have not seen any updates in a while! Just looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Hey folks - are you still shooting for a Spring 2012 release? Spring ends in a couple weeks. Summer?
Just got an email apologizing for the delay in sending stuff. I don't want any stuff. I just wanted to fund you.
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Awesome project! I am a maker too.. I also have a project here on kickstarter right now that I made.
Awesome trailer! enjoyed it very much.... I am also a maker so I cant wait to see it happen.
looks AWESOME! would love to see a woman or two in there....women make things too!
Marvelous! I'm Alex/Merlin with All Hands Active in Ann Arbor - we've been in contact with several of your folks from PS:1 (particularly Drew and Hank the Curmudgeon). It's great to see this happening, and you're always welcome to come visit us - not to mention us possibly visiting you...
I recommend talking to Bilal Ghalib about the Two Hands Project (it's on Facebook); he and several other AHA! folks did a US hackerspace tour for documentary purposes. They might have some wisdom to share...
Congratulations on an awesome project! I work in a not-for-profit in Australia and am currently working on ways to enhance collaboration and innovation by bringing together NGOs, academia, private and public sectors. Promising start, but the more support we can give you guys the better. The stories need to be told about the community benefits that these movements bring!
Awesome job again, I'll be pushing this out to as many of my networks as I can so you guys can raise enough cash. If you get enough, it would be cool too see you in Australia :p
Hey. Just got yr email via kickfarter. It was 1/2way stuck in my spam filter. So it goes. Anyway I wanted to say something about this: "The locations and interviews we have planned are entirely dependent on your pledges. Since each of us have day jobs, this is a weekend labor of love for us. To afford the flights to Seattle, LA, San Francisco, New York, DC and Boston, we need to be capable of sending out a crew of three, each time. As you can imagine this adds up. Our jobs limit us, but our passion to tell a wide and expansive story will get us through the day. With your dollars, we can widen that net. We wish to do this movement justice, so your help is both essential and absolutely fantastic."
Now. No doubt that would be awesome if you all could go wherever you wanted to and make the best movie possible. However, why should documentary making that different from the approach to stuff-making you seem to advocate? Can't you describe a procedure (aspect ratio, frame rate, distance from subject to camera, list of questions to ask subject, etc?) and let the "locals" at hack spaces you cant get to DIY it? Of course, you might get a lot of self-aggrandizing gooey blah blah. BUT you guys are the editors, and it doesn't seem like you are starting from an impartial pov. You can always exclude the things that don't meet your standards.
Reminds me of Burning Man! I hope you guys bring your art out to Nevada!
Lovely idea. Would be great to see some women and non-white men included in the final documentary! :)
I hope to open a FabLab a day, but today I had to support this project :)
It was a pleasure to have you guys visit the QC Co-Lab. Not only was this crew ultra professional, the DIY equipment quickly become another thing for folks to checkout during our grand opening.
It was an easy choice for me to back this project. We need more folks out in the world with awareness of all of the awesome things we can do with a little collaboration.
Almost $1000 on day 1 is wonderful, and I can't wait to recieve your next update.
Also I'm pretty sure that was the first movie trailer i've been in so bonus points for that!
Great project! In the spirit of Making, I'd love to see y'all put together an Instructable that follows the steps of your documentary process, including building your own equipment (or maybe that's a separate Instructable). Good luck, and don't miss the many hackerspaces in Michigan!