On November 1st 2004 I met Kaku Ito from Japan on ichat.
The day after, I received an email from a man called Jim Jannard. He had a dream: build a camera. It was November 2nd, 2004.
A few days later, I was on a flight out to Japan for Interbee. Kaku was my host and I told him about this crazy idea.
On the first day there, I took Ted Schilowitz out to lunch (a sushi lunch he would never forget).
I also contacted Graeme Nattress, Stuart English and others and after a few months, Ted and I devised a business plan for the "O-CAM".
Jim's dream was much, much bigger. I eventually told Jim that I had to get back to filmmaking. I kind of thought he was a bit nuts.... He would probably agree that he is (mad scientist).
Today: 7 years, 9 months and 26 days later, I am drinking wine, watching the Olympics and learning how to use my new EPIC!
Jim, I admire you so much for what you've done. I know you didn't do it alone, Jarred and many others helped... but it is your vision and your genius that gave birth to this marvel of technology.
I don't think it's bad luck to say the following but on the contrary, I believe it contributes to forging reality: Soon, I will open a bottle of champagne when you win your Scientific & Technical Academy Award.
Thank you and congratulations Jim. I am in awe of what you've created.