Hi everyone, thanks for your continued patience with this project. I'm busy at work setting up what should be the final round of shooting, and I'm looking for some new people to put in the film. Have a look here for all the latest:
Thanks again, have a good weekend, and as always, happy flying.
Hi backers, I'm terribly sorry for the continued lack of frequent updates. For those that don't know, I did have a baby in May – and babies tend to be a pretty good excuse, right? I also moved countries a few times. But never mind about that. My main message to you today is:
1) The film is still progressing even though I've missed a few target completion dates. Don't worry!
2) I'm only going to be done with this film when I'm convinced it's going to be good and I have everything I need to make it so, and that's taking some time. But rest assured it will be completed eventually and it will be good when it is. I want it to be worth your while (and your backer dollars). And mine.
There are plans brewing now, which I can't reveal the specifics of just yet, for a way to really hunker down and complete this film after the summer – that includes clearing the decks to be able to focus on it fully for a while, and pursuing an interesting new storyline or two.
In the meantime, for those of you who haven't seen it yet I've launched a little side project which will act as a complement to the film as well as be host to its development – altimetr.com, my new site about miles & points, flight, and the travel they make possible is where I'll be posting updates, promo spots and trailers from the film as they're ready. I'm hoping the first round of this will be coming in the next few weeks. (I'll be sure to mention it here too when it is.)
There's a dedicated film page on altimetr.com/frequentflyer/ and there's lots more content elsewhere on the site for you to browse while you continue to wait for me to get this film done. I'll be posting on the blog there pretty constantly as I do so, and I do hope you'll join me over there.
Thanks again so much for your patience and I'll be in touch again soon.
To my patient friends and backers,
I know many of you have been waiting for an update on this project for some time. I can only hope that you're all experiencing the same phenomenon as me lately, in which months go by at an alarming and ever-quickening pace, and it almost feels like February didn't even happen. But rest assured that work has been progressing steadily even if slowly, and this film will be completed even if it takes a year longer than I'd hoped. And if it takes that extra year (I think it will – I now hope for it to be finished this summer) I'm sure it will be all the better for it. A film of this length is a daunting beast and I'm learning a lot as I go along. So, thank you for bearing with me.
In fact, I'd been waiting to send an update over the past month or so in the hopes that I'd be able to reveal my other big project, a hopefully very interesting and thematically related website, but that's been taking some extra time as well. What can I say – the Frequent Flyer production team is perfectionist to the core. I trust you'll enjoy it when it does appear though, and the good news is that date is imminent. I'll be sure to send out a link to all of you first and foremost, you who've so generously made my work on this subject possible. It will be, among many other things, a place you can go to keep tabs on this project and some of the material I've gathered so far. So you won't be waiting months for updates from me any longer.
Thanks again. Speak soon.
It's been far too long since the last update and I do apologize. Rest assured that the project is progressing, if a little slower than initially planned. But the good news is that filming is around 80% complete, with about 15 new interviews logged, several frequent flyer gatherings attended, and a huge amount of flying done (and shot). I'll be working out the story and structure in the next month while planning what will hopefully be a final shoot, scheduled for October. That likely means it'll be another few months at least before the thing starts to take its final shape--but I hope you'll agree that taking extra time to make the thing as good as possible is better than rushing it out. Will hope to have some enticing video to show you before then, however, so stay tuned.
In the meantime, you might enjoy reading an article on FF miles I recently wrote for CNN Go:
Many thanks, as always, for your support.
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