I hope everyone is doing well. It's been a while since I shared the progress of the project. About a year actually.
Whats happening with the documentary?
We just screened a version of the documentary for the 2015 Airborne Wind Energy Conference at TU Delft in Holland. It went over great! We were able to get follow up and new interviews with all the major players in the field. Now we are in the process of finalizing the Kickstarter version to send out to everyone.
Here's a look at the recently screened version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_DGrwgluGw
Last year, I tried to send out all the rewards (besides of course the documentary DVD/Digital version). A lot of backers didn't respond so I have a pile of t-shirts and stickers that I would love to give out. I'm sending another message to all the backers so that I can send the DVD's and additional rewards as a thank you for being patient over these last few years.
I plan to have everything sent before August 1st 2015. This way we will be able to have the new AWEC 2015 footage as well as new animated mograph sequences that the talented animators at my work (Hack Studios) are helping me build.
So what took so long?
To have an adequate conclusion to the film we have been waiting for the field to progress from the level of infancy when we began production into actual development and deployment. At AWEC 2015, we now are beginning to see these devices move past working prototypes into industrialization.
In hindsight, my first predictions of when the film would be complete were overly optimistic. Instead of rushing out a overview video just showcasing the field, we are working on making it an in-depth documentary delving into these really important and difficult ethical and technical issues companies around the world are dealing with. We are going to continue to follow these innovators over the next few years to see what companies succeed and who don't.
My plan is to send out the final documentary to you all down the road. To fund this project we are applying for more grants and finding donors through our fiscal sponsor Austin Film Society. We are working on having a television release and just screened it for some folks that work for NatGeo.
Check out our website I've been creating here: www.awedocumentary.org
What else have I been doing?
Well, since we started I have been directing another documentary about the decline of Texas German Language and culture in Central Texas. The five minute short was an official selection on Fusion TV and just finished playing on the channel internationally.
Here's the short we made from conception to final edit in five days: www.germantexas.com
This week were were awarded a Texas Humanities Grant to begin to make it into a feature film.
So what else?
That's about it. I'll send out these DVDs (or USBs) soon so please respond. Talk to you soon!