About this project
What is steampunk?
Steampunk fuses modern technology with Victorian aesthetic -- try Googling "steampunk motorcycle" or "steampunk laptop" and you'll see what we mean. What began as a literary movement with H.G. Wells and Jules Verne quickly spread to music, fashion, and film.
With this 20-minute documentary, we desire to capture some of the unique stories of individuals who have adopted steampunk as a lifestyle. We will shoot 5 consecutive weekends starting October 20th, 2012. Editing will be done in November and December, and the official premiere will occur in April 2013, with nationwide festival submissions to follow.
Your donation at work
The $1200 we hope to raise will purchase a 2TB G-Tech hard drive, Canon lens rentals for 5 weekends, CF cards, location permits, hiring a composer, food, gas, expendables, promotional expenses, festival submissions, and duplicating and mailing DVDs.
Travel is a huge portion of our budget. Our ultimate dream is to be able to fly up to Seattle in October for SteamCon. We also definitely want to make it out to Vegas for the Vegas Valley Book Festival's Steampunk Ball in November. Since gas prices just hiked up 40 cents overnight in California, gas money to get to events, conventions, and interviews will be essential.
While we will get into some of the history of steampunk, the goal is to understand how steampunk works as a tranforming influence in the lives of modern individuals. For instance, a group of steampunk anarchists in England have adopted steampunk in order to teach themselves how to understand technology on a basic enough level that, if World War III were to occur, they could survive on the technological flotsam and jetsam of an imploded global society. Others are attracted to it because it bridges the gap between generations -- bringing together grandmothers and granddaughters to talk fashion, keeping alive family histories and legacies, and reawakening an interest in the past.
There is also conflict among different factions of the steampunk community over what steampunk is and where the future of steampunk lies. We want to explore as many of these viewpoints as possible to understand the passion of the subculture as a whole, and the devotion that people on all sides of the issue have for steampunk.
Please consider your financial support and come along with us as we attempt to understand steampunk's potential impact on modern society. You also have our full permission to donate just because steampunk stuff looks really, really cool.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges of any film, whether fiction or non-fiction, is finding a compelling story. Luckily, we have already contacted a number of steampunkers in the LA area who are eager to tell their stories. The other difficult part of a film is finishing it -- our team has the track record, however, of festival-winning films. When we start a project, it is a matter of pride to us to finish it, and finish it well. While we know this project is a large undertaking, we have the skill sets and drive to make it the film it deserves to be.
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