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CLOUDS is a documentary exploring creativity through the lens of code
765 backers pledged $34,123 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on March 10

      Yes! We're planning on making all the rewards available at the same time.

    2. Creator Scott Backer on March 10

      I'm guessing the digital downloads will become available at the same time the other rewards are shipped out?

    3. Creator Scott Backer on January 26

      Thank you for the update and am excited to see the project.

    4. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on January 6

      Hi Thanks for all your comments and continued interest in the project! Sorry for the radio-silence. 2014 became a year of solid touring for CLOUDS at festivals, which took so much more time than we had anticipated and caused us to continually slip our release schedule. 2015 our new years resolution will be distribution and the Backer rewards and doing fewer festival screenings.

      We have set time aside in March to complete the rewards for the project, and will be releasing betas at the beginning of the month and a distributed release by the end along with the rest of the Kickstarter rewards. This is the short answer, and more details to come!

      Thanks for your patience and continued support of the CLOUDS documentary!

      - James

    5. Creator James Hughes on January 6

      It would be great to get an update with some kind of realistic road map. The project has slipped over a year and half from the original projected ship date, and it feels like rewards will keep getting pushed off indefinitely since something else is always a higher priority.

      Some suggestions:
      1) a beta (or alpha?) download
      2) post a selection of the raw interviews (no app, just videos)
      3) record the next screening of the documentary and post that

      I'd love to play with the finished app, but I'd settle for an intermediate step of just being able to listen to the content.

    6. Creator Aaron Brown on December 21


    7. Creator John Balestrieri on December 16

      How about an update on our rewards? I'd really like to see this.

    8. Creator Julien Terraz on September 19, 2014

      Where is my REWARD ?????????????????

    9. Creator John Balestrieri on September 8, 2014

      Was the download ever made available?

    10. Creator Aaron Brown on August 27, 2014

      Any word on this? Haven't heard from you guys since May.

    11. Creator Scott Backer on August 16, 2014

      It would be great to get an update on production. Also will there be oculus support?

    12. Creator Enrico C on June 19, 2014

      Is the download ready?

    13. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on April 29, 2014

      Hi Michelle, we are working hard on fulfilling the physical rewards for the Kickstarter backers including the prints, downloadable application, and data capsules. As the project has found a home at festivals we have had to focus our energy in refining and adapting it for these initial premiers. We are now moving into production on the final version of the application and fulfilling the rewards is top on the list!

      Thanks for your everlasting patience and support of CLOUDS. The adventure continues!

    14. Creator Michelle on April 28, 2014

      Hi, I've seen a lot of updates on Twitter regarding screenings and parties in NYC, but how about showing some love for us backers that live outside the city? Is there a hard deadline for sending out the 4x6 prints to the 61 of us backers who pledged $10? It's a beautiful thing that this project is doing so well, and I'm really inspired by the work y'all are doing. However, please don't let the scope widen so much that y'all don't deliver on your original promise. I'd even volunteer my time to help create the prints if it were somehow possible. Let me know if there's anything I can do.

    15. Creator Scott Backer on February 18, 2014

      Yes, an update on production would be nice.

    16. Creator Santa Ragione on February 5, 2014

      Any update on the project development? Is there a release date for the application? No disrespect but you need to be more vocal about your work, even if they are small updates!

    17. Creator Marcus Puchalla on January 10, 2014

      Any progress ? When can we expect the video ?

    18. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on September 1, 2013

      Hi Mich,

      Thanks for your question, Mich - Yes, because we have expanded the production based on additional support and have discovered new challenges and directions along the way we extended the schedule. The updated timeline was sent to you and the other backers in the June 6th update.

    19. Creator Mich S. on September 1, 2013

      Hi, I'm confused by your update -- are you running late on commitments? Is there an updated timeline? Estimated delivery of CLOUD prints was June. Did I miss it? Please advise. Thanks!

    20. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on August 31, 2013

      Dear Backers,

      We hear your comments, and appreciate your continued investment in the CLOUDS documentary. Project updates have been sent out to our backers privately to share progress on the film, but we wanted to address your comments here as well. Over the last year, assembling a talented team of coders and designers to collaborate on the film and finding additional sponsors has enabled us to scale the project further. As Clouds has grown, we have added new interviews to the conversation, designed a Story Engine algorithm that generates sequences of dialogue, and commissioned over a a half dozen artists to create original interactive artworks for the documentary.

      We really appreciate your trust and support as we push to finish CLOUDS and fulfill our commitments to you, the open source art community, and ourselves. An interactive film takes a huge amount of development - our GitHub repository has over 1000 commits logged and counting! We are putting our hearts into and minds into this project and the production has been a tireless process.

      When you have a chance to see and own the film, we're sure you will appreciate the results which have taken the extra time and energy. We're honored to have the opportunity to work on this interactive storytelling project, and involve you in its creation.

      -- James & Jonathan

    21. Creator David Gomes on August 21, 2013

      I'm with you all. Great, interesting project but no communication. I have to say I am a little worried considering deadlines have passed without any communication.

    22. Creator Salpy Kelian on July 19, 2013

      What's happening with this project?

    23. Creator Scott Backer on July 12, 2013

      Any news guys? Please don't go silent.

    24. Creator John Zmrotchek on May 21, 2013

      Kind of wondering what's going on myself, here. Not excessively worried, but it would be nice to hear something, anything, about how the project is going, considering that delivery was supposed to be a month ago at my tier.

    25. Creator Bettina Nissen on May 8, 2013

      Was just wondering the same myself, any news on the progress of this project? Would be nice to hear from you guys.

    26. Creator Mark Karr on May 1, 2013

      I haven't heard from you guys either. I never saw a backers survey. The teir I pledged at was estimated to be delivered this past month. Granted it was just an estimate, but it would be nice to hear updates, and know how the project is going.

    27. Creator Scott Backer on May 1, 2013

      Haven't heard from you guys since the project ended.

    28. Creator Scott Backer on April 12, 2013

      Any updates on the project?

    29. Creator Jason Jones on January 14, 2013

      Congrats on making your goal. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys do with this.

    30. Creator Scott Backer on January 7, 2013

      I'm am really glad you guys made your goal. Its excitng to see that this will become a reality. This kind of project is the heart of Kickstarter, creating amazing new ideas and mediums. Keep it up.

    31. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on January 4, 2013

      Thanks Sinan! Your generosity tipped us over the 100% mark!!

    32. Creator Sinan Ascioglu - OpenProcessing on January 4, 2013

      Very honored that I just made that pledge to make you guys pass the goal! Looking forward to it!
      Sinan from

    33. Creator Andreas Wappel on January 3, 2013

      5 days to go! hope stays alive

      i have worked with the beta-version of your toolkit and it opened so many doors on a narrative and thematic level. i mean, i don't pretend to even remotely grasp the potential of this project if it is fully realized, but i sure want to:-)
      good luck

    34. Creator AMINIMAL Studio on December 27, 2012

      The experience of navigating through the information is exciting. Pioneering immersive film making could change the way we experience movies. Please keep pushing this idea further and can't wait to see all the great information your have captured.

      Also can't wait to see the Marius Watz portion of the film.
      Hope you allowed the artists to play with their data.

    35. Creator Derek Barrett on December 26, 2012

      This project is amazing! Great job team.

      I work as a database administrator for a living, and I don't know if you guys realize this, but you've just taken another big step towards the Singularity.

      Your project hit me really hard on a metaphysical level, well done.

    36. Creator Taeyoon Choi on December 21, 2012

      Great project. Saw earlier version this spring and it was fantastic.
      I was thinking about this project + tool in the context of history of 3D film making. According to this entry on wiki, the 'golden era' of 3D film was 50's
      I haven't experienced any of new 3D film experiences yet to compare it with watching 3D film at planetarium experience twenty years ago. At any rate, Excited that this project can presents new challenge for film makers.

    37. Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on December 3, 2012

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for the comment and reference, that is definitely some cutting egde research. Exploring multiple sensors is something we are definitely interested in as well!

      In our tests we've found that this substantially complicates the process of shooting and editing, especially since much of our filming has taken place on-the-go, with little time to set up. For CLOUDS we decided to stay simple with the single camera and focus on the challenge of presenting dialogue in an immersive, interactive space. Future experiments we would definitely love to get more advanced with the capturing technique!

    38. Creator Adam Luptak on November 30, 2012

      Very excited about the subject matter; lots of great names. I worry about the depth effect; however - I find the loss of information around the edges distracting. Have you considered using multiple Kinects and combining the inputs to flesh out the depth information (See: &… )? It would actually be killer to capture depth and RGB for a full 180, if not the full 360 degrees.

    39. Creator HungarianCommunistMarch on November 29, 2012

      "Minority report" ?