Update #49 - The 80 / 20 Rule
To celebrate the project's progress moving recently through the 80% Kickstarter rewards fulfillment mark, we are offering you -- our original Kickstarter backers -- a full 20% OFF... Read more
Update #48 - New55 FILM Resumes after Production Halt, Gen 2 material to begin shipping within a week
Ashland, MA, February 24, 2016: Production of New55 PN “Generation 2” film has started after suspension of hand coating processes forced a temporary production halt. The shut down resulted... Read more
Update #47 - 2015 Full Year Spending Report
The New55 FILM 2015 Spending Report is posted on the New55 FILM Blog ... http://new55project.blogspot.com/2016/02/spending-and-income-report-from-january.html
Note that the project is deep in debt and has a demand note against... Read more
Update #46 - Status of Progress
We have nothing new to report except that the crew of four people continue to crank away every day making, boxing and shipping New55 PN to supporters. Though our sales... Read more
New55 went through a huge R&D effort to formulate a safer formula for the coatings that works well and eliminates the need for solvent coating, which is bad for the... Read more
Update #45 - News from New55 FILM
Dear Kickstarter backers and others,
We have some news and want to share with you this outline of the status of the various parts of the project.
The slow fulfillment... Read more
Update #44 - 20% mark
Dear Kickstarter Supporters,
Just a quick update to tell you that despite the fact that we are still hand-coating every receiver sheet, the 20% fulfillment mark has been reached. If... Read more
Update #43 - YTD 2015 Spending Report
You'll find on the New55 FILM blog a recent post featuring the "Spending and income report 2015 from January 1 to August 31."
Today, about 17% of Kickstarter... Read more
For your interest - and article by Bob from the New55 FILM Blog
We thought you might like to read the post from the New55 FILM blog where Bob reflects on the basic mission of the project to the larger audience... Read more
Update #41 - Please Answer the Kickstarter Supporters Poll
Dear Supporters -
Yesterday at this time we sent out the Kickstarter Supporters Poll. Please take a brief moment out of your day to answer the short questions in the... Read more
Update #40 - Interim Update on "Trouble"
A detailed account of the failure of the essential coated receiver sheet would be too long and too tiresome to completely tell, but in general:
1. The coating... Read more
Update #39 - Trouble
We had to stop production after only two weeks when we realized that some of the receiver sheet that we have been talking about for months is not... Read more
Update #38 - A Beginning
This week we delivered the first boxes of New55 PN to the warehouse for shipment to Kickstarter supporters.
Production must begin at a slow rate. This is... Read more
Update #37 - On the Cusp
Today we have some news for you that has been long awaited and cause for optimism but not yet celebration. New55 FILM will very likely have the first... Read more
Update #36 - Update on the Update
This is just a quick note about recent progress against the points covered last month in our very detailed “most important update ever ...”
1. We have good... Read more
Update #34 - This could be our most important update, and challenge
ALERT: This is an update to the Kickstarter Supporters of New55 FILM. This is a news story. This is a technical drama unfolding now! Written by Bob Crowley
Dear Supporters,... Read more
Update #33 - Onward, March
You may wish to take a moment to read Bob's detailed summary over on the Blog, covering the upcoming Receiver Sheet coating run, the Pod Machine delays, Sleeve... Read more
Update #32 - Blizzard, Developments & Fund-raisers
Gentlemen, ladies, artists & photographers,
This update comes as we prepare for a major coating event: calculating fluid quantities and gathering shipments of the promising materials.
In all the excitement... Read more
Update #31 - Major Milestone Met & Fundraiser Planned
Backers, Ladies & Gentlemen -
The New55 FILM project met a significant milestone this week in achieving a design-freeze on a Receiver Sheet coating process that is both environmentally clean... Read more
Update #30 - Gratitudinous Administrivia
On the new website there is a CREDITS page ...
Kindly, if you will, make sure that your name registers there as you prefer it (no detail... Read more
Update #29 - PRESS RELEASE: Delay Announced
NEW55 FILM ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE DELAY, REPORTS “GOOD PROGRESS"
Ashland, Massachusetts, December 12, 2014-- New55 Holdings, LLC, announced today that there will be necessary schedule changes to its New55 FILM project... Read more
Update #28 - "Please Respond to the Email Survey ... YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS!"
Ladies & Gentlemen -
We hope this communication finds you well. This is just a housekeeping update.
A significant number of Backers -- approximately 10% - 20% from... Read more
Update #27 - "November Update"
Hi Everyone -
Bob has just posted the "Novermber Update" on the blog ...
"The work done by Ted and Jake, in particular, yielded at least two good performing formulas.... Read more
Update #26 - "October Update"
Ladies & Gentlemen -
The leaves are changing in the 40s North-Latitudes and progress in the project is mixed.
The Bad News
There is some "schedule risk" in meeting... Read more
Update #25 - "Production Ramp"
Ladies & Gents, Backers All -
It's been a while since the last update here. We have continued to be busy working on the sourcing of materials, making machinery acquisitions... Read more
Update #24 - Risk Summary
Ladies & Gentlemen -
In case you've missed it, Bob has posted a detailed Risk Summary on the blog, elucidating the project's research and procurement progress for the key components... Read more
Update #23 - Much Progress, More to Be Done
Note: The full update of this summary appears in the New55 FILM blog with links and images. We had the pleasure of a visit by Steve Herchen of ... Read more
Update #22 - "Brief update on first month"
June 17, 2014: The last four weeks have been hectic: We are still getting banking and credit accounts squared away so we can disburse the Kickstarter money more efficiently and... Read more
Update #21 - The New55 FILM Manufacturing Project is Open for Donations
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Since the event of our success here at Kickstarter, some very generous people have asked if they can donate additional funds. If you are one of these... Read more
Update #20 - Taking down funds, we begin!
Backers & Friends,
Thank you for your patience in awaiting this update. Bob will be making interim updates on the blog and on Facebook, so please keep an eye out... Read more
Update #19 - What an Awesome Feeling ... (PAYMENT FAILURES)
What an awesome feeling to know we are about to start an adventure with many twists and turns.
It is simply amazing that all of us came together... Read more
Update #18 - Hugs All 'Round ... We Begin
To our Instant Analogue Film-Lovers,
We really did it.
Bob & I want to thank everyone who pledged at all levels and we also want to thank those who... Read more
Update #17 - LAST DAY
Ladies, Gentlemen, Illuminated People -
This is the last day of the project. Even though we have passed our goal, there is still an opportunity to gain some financial headroom,... Read more
Update #16 - the Travelwide Camera
Freudian slip on my part.
I was so into patching links into the last Update #15 on antique cameras that I failed to add the most important --... Read more
Update #15 - NEW REWARD - the "Young Photographers' Bundle"
Dear Friends, Colleagues & Well-Wishers,
Some crusty older fellow-travelers of analogue bliss in our company have encouraged us to be more user-friendly to the young photographers who are just getting... Read more
Update #14 - New Reward
Due to popular demand and the increasing interest in upgrading, we've added a 3-box option at the $225 level.
Update #13 - It's about YOU! (REWARD UPGRADES)
Friends, Backers & Photographers,
This is the hour for New55 FILM.
People ask me, "Sam, do you have any aces-in-the-hole? Got any silver bullets to shoot us across the line?"... Read more
Update #12 - NEW REWARDS "The Special Museum Artist's Pack"
In order to address the unusual demand for New55 FILM at all levels, we've just introduced a new reward concept to the structure called the "Special Museum Artist's... Read more
PRESS RELEASE: "NEW55 FILM REPORTS CROWD-FUNDING PROGRESS AT KICKSTARTER"
Ashland, Massachusetts, April 29, 2014-- New55 Holdings, LLC, today announced that it is narrowing in on its $400,000 crowd-funding goal for New55 FILM at Kickstarter. The project is approximately... Read more
Update #10 - We Can Do It! (NEW REWARDS)
With only 7 days left in the campaign we've got our work cut out for us.
The necessary $175,000 gap feels like a lot to cover, but it's not really... Read more
Update #9 - Bob & Sam's Interview with the Film Photography Project
Dear Friends, Supporters & Expressive Photographers Everywhere,
Those of you who are hoping or anticipating or dreading another update from me punctuated by smashed crockery will be disappointed. The project... Read more
New Reward Levels
Ladies & Gentlemen, Backers & Others -
Kindly note that we have added new reward levels to the New55 FILM Kickstarter reward structure. This is a filling out, rather than... Read more
Tobias Feltus: video from the field
Tobias Feltus discusses here his New55 FILM reagent experimentation, which took place over many months in his kitchen in Scotland.
Tobias' early enthusiasm and contributions were instrumental to progress... Read more
New55 FILM: The Strongest Community We've Ever Seen!
Dear Supporters, Backers & Onlookers
Performance at Kickstarter this week was outstanding.
In response to our reality-check in the last Update #5, everyone rallied. So many people are doubling down... Read more
We Probably Won't Make It
Dear Supporters, Backers & Hopefuls,
Yes, I'm managing expectations. They are not good. Despite a gain in momentum this week, we have just too much to do before the May... Read more
Update #4 - View from "The Trough" | Pathway to Success
Monday, April 7, 2014 | 9:00 am
Photographers, Artists, Friends, Supporters & especially SIDELINE BYSTANDERS -
As we enter Week Three of this Kickstarter endeavor, the feeling is honestly that... Read more
Update #3 - Announcing the New T-Shirt Reward Option
Backers, Colleagues & Friends,
Due to the popularity of t-shirt reward combinations, we've added a new t-shirt design -- the "Polly".
Backers selecting any of the t-shirt rewards will be... Read more
Update #2 - Wherefore-art-thou, photographers?
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Backers, Friends & Fellow-Travelers -
With 20% done, we cast our hearts & seeing vision to all the 4x5 users who might support such an improbable... Read more
Update #1 - 17% Funded in 12% of Time
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 5:01pm
Kind Supporters, Friends & Fellow-Travelers -
At close of business (Eastern Standard Time, US) we're 17% funded after the first 5 days. It's a... Read more