Steampunk project


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...



18 comments:

mayageneralist said...

I love your style

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John Willaford said...

Are you bringing this to full release?

Quentin Todd said...

Hi,
1. WOW
2. I want prints. I have money, see the sale ability here.
3. I wish you could do this as more than just a short, but I suppose that is script, life, and profit dependent.

GA_Wolf said...

This is absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing it. If you really wanted to take it to Production, and can't get it approved somewhere else, I bet you could get it funded through Kickstarter.com.

Agrona said...

Please, please, please say you have a Kickstarter. I would fund the hell out of this.

SteamINK said...

It´s great.

Timothy Smalls said...

Love the winged jet pack, am musing on building just such a think for a Steampunk gathering, Googled for some images, and yours is kinda like what I had in mind, complete with 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' stripey extending wings :-)

Timothy Smalls said...

Love the winged jet pack, am musing on building just such a think for a Steampunk gathering, Googled for some images, and yours is kinda like what I had in mind, complete with 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' stripey extending wings :-)

mark sonnenberg said...

is there anywhere we can see the short?

kelli belli said...

I love the Nightmare Before Christmas bi plane! It's so cute!

Luke said...
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Luke said...

Looks like the latest information on this project is on the Facebook site. Seems it's still in the works!

Patrik Spacek said...

I would like to help you with some 3D models...who shall I contact?

Ken Rankin said...

I really hopes this comes together. It looks wonderful. I'm excited to see more of it. People have had a sort of steampunk feel to their stuff before, but I've never seen anyone go all out. I love the feel to the clips I've seen already. This rocks!

Kali Kozlousky said...

When can we expect to see this awesomeness???
So excited, I cant wait

Nick Simmer said...

Holly cow! I love it! I can't wait to see the final product. 2D is not dying, it's slowly but surely recovering!

Achille Talon said...

So here's where this Hulaballoo project came from ! Bravo, congratulations my dear fellow.