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You say you want a revolution? Climb aboard the airship Absynthian and join a mercenary crew, for the flight of your life!
You say you want a revolution? Climb aboard the airship Absynthian and join a mercenary crew, for the flight of your life!
You say you want a revolution? Climb aboard the airship Absynthian and join a mercenary crew, for the flight of your life!
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Sick of Hollywood remakes and a lack of original ideas? Well  Absynthia is a new original idea with strong female characters, the men who love them (who have secrets of their own), AND a drama to rival all dramas!

A few months ago we shot a trailer to show what the series would look like if it got picked up. You can check out that trailer below our story. Although 5 episodes are currently written, we are only fundraising to film the pilot at this time.

The Story of Absynthia:

The series is about a crew of mercenaries aboard the airship, The Absynthian. It is set on a mythical planet in the future. The overall mission of the Absynthian crew, under the orders of the secret Organization known as Tri-Aengle, is to destroy the government - a monarchy. 1st mate Commander Vaja de Cardia, an assassin for the Organization, receives orders to kill prominent socialite Reeve St. Clair, to whom she just so happens to be married.

Former Tri-Aengle hit man and Vaja's ex-lover, the ruthless Narius de Vaulte, has his own motives, including taking over Tri-Aengle, exposing Reeve's family, creating an army of Cybertrons, and getting Vaja back. He just so happens to play by his own rules.

Meanwhile ship's engineer Tea' Embrosia is on the run from her abusive past.

The seemingly innocent cargo run puts the entire crew in harm's way, and the shipment Narius gives Synthia could be the answer to everyone's questions.

Everyone will find out that Trust is Finite, and Loyalty is Six Degrees.

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What We Need & What You Get:

Despite the many resources we have been able to muster between our team, there are still costs that cannot be avoided in making a project come to life. We need to get funding to make this happen. Your kind and generous contributions will go towards:

Location fees, sets, & permits - We have to rent locations, build sets, and get permission to shoot in certain locations (permits).

Insurance - In case one of our actors or crew gets a boo-boo!

Props - Props for science fiction are custom made, and that costs money. We have to pay people to make them, and we have to buy them.

Wardrobe - Steampunk corsets aren't cheap, b/c steampunk is a specialized genre. Specialized wardrobe in general isn't cheap, and we need to put clothes on our cast!

Make-up and Special effects makeup - For those of you who don't wear make-up, cost can add up. Add in aliens and FX, and it goes higher. The makeup artist needs to buy their supplies, and make a living.

Post Production (sound mix, score, editing, etc.) - paying an editor and FX artist.

Storage Drives - So we don't lose footage! We have to back up the data, and hard-drives are about $100 each.

Craft Service (film lingo for “food”)

Pay for Actors and Crew - After all is said and done, it would be nice for the cast and crew to be able to pay a bill or two for all of their hard work. This is a project of talented and dedicated cast and crew, and they are deserving of being credited and paid for their time and talents. We all LOVE what we do, yet we all have to pay our rent so we have a place to live and are able to keep bringing you art. Your contribution will make this happen! We have amazing and unique perks to get you excited!

Your contribution will make all the difference between a good project and a great one!

This project is valuable not only to those of us involved, but to the world. We need more projects with racial and gender diversity. We need projects with strong female leads who do the fighting and protecting. We need projects with racial inclusion instead of stereotypes. This is your chance to bring diversity, talent, and power to life. If you're tired of too many special FX taking away from the story...if you're tired of seeing the same faces in movies...if you're tired of only the 1% of actors being used in 99% of the film/TV projects...then help us make this real for you. These characters are lovers, haters, fighters, parents, friends, workers, challengers to the status quo...these characters are YOU! Help us bring YOU to life.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand times are tough, and some people aren't able to contribute financially. But that doesn't mean you can't still help support us. You can help us in other ways such as:

Get your friends and family, those on your social media, to get the word out and make some noise about our campaign! Share our links and pages on your social media pages - Remember (and remind others) to use the share tools!"

The cast and crew of Absynthia and I greatly thank you for your support!

 

Risks and challenges

Busy Bee Productions is confident this WILL be a great project, and this will happen with the cast and crew we have. The challenges we might face are the costs associated with indie film, and getting this out to the world. Since this is a TV pilot, we understand it has a different market than a feature film. We WILL overcome these challenges by creating a science-fiction/steampunk drama that no network has on TV yet, and pitch it to as many networks as possible. WE are going to fill a niche networks don't realize (yet) exists!

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    We'll be your Valentine!

    Special Valentine perk just for you! A cast member of your choice will personalize a Valentines card just for you! - with lipstick marks, too if you want! We may also throw in a piece of chocolate ;)

    We know you won't get it until after Valentine's Day, but don't worry - our love is still true!

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    Travel/accommodations not included. Please note this will shoot in/near the New York City area

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    SteampunkProp Wings - 1 Available!

    Want the prop wings we use as a guide for our FX artist? Now you can have them! Steampunk handmade wings made by Crystal Chau (playing Tea' Embrosia) worn by the Steampunk Angel. (Please note these are not the wings in the trailer, they are the wings used for reference purposes. Photo upon request)

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    Eat with the Writer/Director!

    You get to have lunch/dinner with writer/director Seregon O'Dassey. You get to pick Seregon's brain, ask all sorts of filming fun questions and get to know them as a person. How did she come up with the characters? What made her create her own project? Meet at restaurant. Travel/accommodations not included. This will take place in/near New York City.
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    Steampunk Corsets from shoot

    Love the steampunk corsets? Now you can have one! Steampunk style corsets** worn by one of the 5 women in the project.
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    Special Business Publicity Sponsorship

    Your business will receive special deliberate mention on all social media accounts including (but not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram,etc.

    On all publicity material and in end credits of film your business will be seen as "sponsored in part by".

    Cast and/or crew will create a short promotional video thanking your business and advertising it on youtube, and all aforementioned outlets.

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    Executive Producer Credit!

    You will be an executive producer credit on the project AND on IMDB! YOU will be a major backer and producer! Talk about bragging rights! You get to be on set with us and see the magic happen!
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Funding period

- (30 days)