May 2015 Cicada update!
Once again months have passed since the last update. The past 6 months have been a frustrating time, and I had been waiting in the hopes that I... Read more
Important Update - Please Read
First off I want to say without your support none of what you'll see in this update would have happened, and I'd still be poking along on... Read more
Cicadas go to Europe!
Things have been happening, and I know I'm overdue on rewards; but some interesting developments are in process. I was invited last month to a TED-like conference in... Read more
Australia/New Zealand Trip completed
I finally got home a few days ago from the very long (nearly 10-week) trip down under that you helped make possible. I'm exhausted and in possession... Read more
Leaving for Australia January 6th!
Hope everyone had happy holidays; I've been busy mailing out gold and silver cicadas to several dozen people who pledged for them on kickstarter. If you haven't gotten yours (and... Read more
cicadas in Australia and NZ
Been wanting to get an update out about the planning and intent for the Australian part of the project, since that's where most of the kickstarter support... Read more
Silver and Steel cicada prototypes finally unveiled!
Hey everyone, once again thanks for your patience.
The first rollout of the metal 3d printed cicadas designed by Brian Chen (http://www.twitter.com/chosetec) is finally here. There is a... Read more
sorry for this overdue update on recent filming, but it's worth a wait!
I've been on the road filming the past 4 weeks, and just got a chance... Read more
annual cicadas are out
I've spent the past week filming annual cicadas, which are getting near peak activity. A few photos are at the bottom of the post.
The location I film... Read more
Silver Cicada Sneak Preview!
We've been working hard with a very skilled artist named Brian Chan (an MIT Grad) who is an expert in not only 3D printed designs, but is one of a... Read more
Cicadas make it to the NY Times
FInally, I got some of my cicada filming into the New York Times for a little video they commissioned me to do for what might be... Read more
787 supporters, $31,000 in 5 weeks, I can't hardly believe it!
I've been tinkering away on my cicada film for the past 6 years, and often I thought... Read more
$30,000 goal reached!
many thanks are in order to Donald King, who upped his pledge last night and became the project's first Associate Producer! And he has assured that all of... Read more
cicada time-lapse and future
Just to clarify briefly about the cicada sculptures that were added yesterday; they will be approx. life size (body 2-2.5 inches in length, + wings).
We're just about 40 hours... Read more
Sterling-Silver Cicada Sculpture Added!
We've got about 60 hours left on the campaign, and are SO thankful for reaching almost $30,000! A huge thanks to the 755 and counting of you.
We wanted to... Read more
$30,000 stretch reward announced as we head into the final days
I am humbled as we continue to hit goals that seemed out of reach just a month ago! In honor and appreciation of your support, I now reveal yet... Read more
Staten Island cicadas
I finished yesterday filming the periodical cicadas for 2013 on Staten Island (and once again it appears that the below pics don't appear in the emailed update, need to... Read more
Cicadas and Sam Orr featured on PBS NEWS HOUR tonight (wed)
Another update is coming, but in the meanwhile I just got word that an interview I did a few weeks ago is finally airing tonight on the national... Read more
3 New Reward Levels!!
It's been a busy week, I've been filming in New York and Connecticut, and meeting with people in NYC about the future and distribution of the finished documentary film.... Read more
Filming report #2 - rainy day
OK, today was not cicada weather.
(be sure and view this update on the kickstarter page if you don't see the photos in the emailed version)
I'm in Connecticut. Yesterday... Read more
In the field at last, filming cicadas
I finally got into the field last few days, doing time-lapse and macro-photograhy. Here are a few of the first raw shots. Just got a fantastic Zeiss macro lens thanks... Read more
First Stretch Goal Made!!
It's happened! Return of the Cicadas has surpassed the $20,000 mark! A special thanks to Laura King for submitting a pledge and getting us there. This means a couple of... Read more
Stretch Reward Added + CBC Interview!
Hey everyone! Benedict, here. First, a huge THANK YOU for all the support! Sam is extremely humbled and grateful to be receiving it across all fronts; countless mentions in the... Read more
Cicada project kickstarter video up!
Many apologies for getting the actual project video (as opposed to the 7 minute cicada short on vimeo) finished so late. But it's finally done, so please take a look... Read more
Some people out there love the cicadas too!
Wow! I was not expecting this kind of support, definitely not this fast. Barely 3 days in and the "first" goal level is already here. Thank you so much everyone!... Read more