The first two commentaries of the film are out and more are on the way! Check your email for your direct links. My dear friend and app cast member, Jay Dysart, joined me for the director's commentary. Jay has been a critical supporter and story sounding board for App from its earliest days and he's so good in the film. Veteran App all-stars Adam Lisagor, John Gruber, and Jason Snell recorded a very special commentary were they progressively get more annoyed by how good Brent Simmons is in the film—hard to blame them.
I'm currently editing another commentary with Ish Shabazz and Brent Simmons. It looks like there might even be two more commentaries from Nicki Klien and Melissa Hargis, formerly of Betagig (update on that soon). Also, Steven Frank has said that he and Cabel Sassar will likely get around to recording a commentery sharing Panic's experience with the film.
Don't worry, if you backed at the commentary level you get all these additional commentaries for free. If you didn't back at a level that includes the commentaries, you can get them all for $10 over on Vimeo. For backers who raised their pledge by $15 there is still a special commentary in the works for you.
Wednesday, Adam Lisagor's first App Story dropped, making it the fourth App Story since the release of the film. Brent Simmons' App Story is up next and likely releasing next week. All reward links are being sent out over email.
Good news for those of you who only have a few App Stories coming your way or none at all...friends of the project, Odeum, are helping us create a channel where you can stream a lot of the stories to better help you choose which ones to own. It may take a little while but everyone involved is very excited and you're going to dig Odeum (they are in private beta if you need a rad video solution).
Just a quick note, if you have missed any of the rewards mentioned here please search your spam folder for emails from email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, feel free to reach out to me via email for support. Like I say, "happy backers, happy life".
A great friend of the project came through and sponsored getting App onto iTunes. I uploaded the film to the aggregator today and will be going through the QC process for the next few weeks. Everything on this project runs late so maybe around May—I will update you once there is a firm release date. Also, keep an eye out for some special posts thanking this great sponsor!
The Developers Union
If you have had a chance to watch either of the commentaries you've heard that Brent Simmons and I have teamed up to create something to advocate for sustainability in the App Store. It's likely dropping in February and I think you're going to love it. The whole team is made up of volunteers and we are so incredibly grateful for the superbly talented help we're getting. For now, read Brent's great piece he posted this week as a primer.
All the best,