Back in February of 2011, I felt a strong personal charge to make some kind of effort to preserve the American art-form
I was in my kitchen having breakfast with my wife and I asked her opinion, "What would be a good project to do?". It was then that she remembered last Halloween in which we happened to encounter a performance troupe that called themselves the League of S.T.E.A.M. They were a group of talented people who love Steampunk and who make their own costumes and props and who even made their own short-films and post them online. My wife described how "enchanted" she felt to be in their presence and I felt, if that same enchanted feeling could be captured in an animated film, that would be the ticket!
So I came up with this...
I started designing characters and showed them to a few people and the response was overwhelmingly positive!
The next logical step was to come up with a full story however, someone suggested that I just start animating. So, I did. I did a single test that left the character in peril falling over the railing of an airship without a parachute. I figured, I can't show that to people and just leave it at that, I need another shot for closure. That's when I came up with a second character (with a retractable wing jet-pack) to save the other. Then I added more shots to answer the question as to why are they are on the airship together? Are they there to defeat a villain? what if they discovered how to make the combustion engine and that knowledge fell into the wrong hands?,etc.
I shared what I was doing and people and they enthusiastically volunteered to help, mostly due to their affinitive love for the Steampunk genre.
For this short-film, I did all my own storyboarding, layout, animation, Clean-up, Backgrounds color models and ink & paint.
Before I knew it, I had this short-film project that was truly a Labor of Love.
Here's some screen captures from my film:
MORE TO COME...