Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 8, 2013.

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      Creator Scott Backer on February 18

      Yes, an update on production would be nice.

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      Creator Santa Ragione on February 5

      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!

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      Creator Marcus Puchalla on January 10

      Any progress ? When can we expect the video ?

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      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.

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      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!

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      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

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      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.

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      Creator Salpy Kelian on July 19, 2013

      What's happening with this project?

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      Creator Scott Backer on July 12, 2013

      Any news guys? Please don't go silent.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Creator Scott Backer on May 1, 2013

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

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      Creator Scott Backer on April 12, 2013

      Any updates on the project?

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      Creator Jason Jones on January 14, 2013

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

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      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.

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      Creator James George, Jonathan Minard on January 4, 2013

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

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      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 OpenProcessing.org

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      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
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      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.

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      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.

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      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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_film#The_.22golden_era.22_.281952.E2.80.931955.29
      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.

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      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!

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      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: http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/kinect/Shaking-some-sense-into-using-multiple-Kinects-with-Shake-n-Sense & http://www.youtube.com/watch… )? It would actually be killer to capture depth and RGB for a full 180, if not the full 360 degrees.

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      Creator HungarianCommunistMarch on November 29, 2012

      "Minority report" ?

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    BETA TESTER PROGRAM: Gain early access to preview releases of the interactive documentary. You can help us work out the kinks by providing feedback and bug reports. This includes the CLOUDS data capsule, a ticket to the premiere, and your name in the credits as a beta tester.

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    EASTER EGG: Leave your mark in the CLOUDS universe. We will work with you during development to insert a fun concept, sound byte, or meme into our application for others to discover. This reward includes the CLOUDS data capsule, a ticket to the premiere, and your name in the credits.

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    RGBD DO-IT-YOURSELF KIT: Everything needed to get started making RGBD movies: two 3D-printed mounting rigs compatible with the Microsoft Kinect and ASUS Xtion Pro Live; a calibration checkerboard; the RGBDToolkit 1.0 software installer; and two technical support calls with our team. This includes the CLOUDS download, a ticket to the premiere, and enrollment in the beta-tester program.

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    FINE ART PRINT: Featuring a CLOUDS subject of your choice, printed at ultra-high resolution and mounted under plexiglass, ready to hang. (The format of this print is a 16’’x24’’ C-Metallic Kodak Ultra Endura.) This includes the CLOUDS download, a ticket to the premiere, and enrollment in the beta-tester program.

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    RGBD VIDEO PORTRAIT: Commission a portrait or home movie of you or your loved ones, filmed by us. You will receive a wall-mountable standalone video player to install in your home. (If you’re interested in this option, please contact us in advance to discuss what you would like to make and to work out any travel logistics). This includes the CLOUDS data capsule, a ticket to the premiere, and enrollment in the beta-tester program, plus your name and/or company logo prominently featured in the credits as a sponsor.

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    EXTENDED VERSION OF CLOUDS: Delivered on an optimally-prepared computer, ready for variable dimension display. Intended for media art festivals and screenings, this exclusive version has an expanded database of high resolution videos, much more than will fit on the data capsule. In addition, you receive the CLOUDS data capsule, a ticket to the premiere, and enrollment in the beta-tester program plus your name and/or company logo prominently featured in the credits as a sponsor.

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    RGBD FILMMAKING WORKSHOP: We will fly anywhere in the world to teach RGBD filmmaking to the members of your team, agency, laboratory, school, or hackerspace. You provide the flights and accommodations, Kinect sensors and HD video cameras; we'll bring enough custom toolkit hardware to accommodate up to 15 participants. In addition, you receive the CLOUDS data capsule, a ticket to the premiere, and enrollment in the beta-tester program plus your name and/or company logo prominently featured in the credits as a sponsor.

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