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In the probably-alternate 1970s, scientist heroes fight robots with rayguns and disco. Support Season 2 of this retro sci-fi adventure!
In the probably-alternate 1970s, scientist heroes fight robots with rayguns and disco. Support Season 2 of this retro sci-fi adventure!
182 backers pledged $8,731 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE 5/13/2014: All backers $5 and over now receive a digital soundtrack of our ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK!

Once Upon a Time in the 1970s is a retro sci-fi adventure featuring scientist heroes, robots, and rayguns. Check out Season One, which just went online, and help us make Season Two of our weird transistorpunk webseries.

For Season One, each “year” from 1972 to 1977 is an independent short arc or standalone film that tells small parts of the larger mystery. We were able to do a lot of worldbuilding with the early episodes, but we didn’t get into really telling the main story until the 3-part 1977 season finale. We kept the shorts a bit disconnected because budget and related scheduling limitations kept us from shooting a single long arc all at once.

Check out our Season One teaser trailer on YouTube:

Season 2 picks up in 1978, and it has been a rough decade for our heroes. Paranoia and government oppression grip the city as the children of prominent researchers go missing. The strange electrical anomaly that has long been a boon to industry is acting increasingly erratic, and our heroes are forced to choose between their loved ones and the fate of the continent as the 1980s loom. 

Series poster by comic artist Dan Dougherty.
Series poster by comic artist Dan Dougherty.

This Kickstarter is specifically going to cover production costs for season 2 and allow us to make the season as a unified story.  $8,000 isn't a whole lot for a project of this scope, but we have a lot of great people on board who want to see the story through to its epic conclusion.  This goal is the minimum we need to get everyone in the same place, keep everyone fed, and ensure that our practical effects and production design are appropriately ridiculous.

Even if you can't help financially, please check us out on Facebook and Twitter at the links below:

http://facebook.com/transistorpunk

http://twitter.com/killvamplincoln

The first season can be watched in its entriety on our Youtube or Blip.tv pages!

http://youtube.com/transistorpunk or http://blip.tv/1970s

OK, GET TO THE ROBOTS AND RAYGUNS:

One of the things that set us apart from other series, and other low budget sci-fi in general, is our production design. We focus on puppetry, practical effects, and using vfx software to make practical effects look awesome. We're also totally in love with the 70s technology aesthetic - everything was so big and clunky during the transition from vacuum tubes to transistors (we like to self-define our genre as "transistorpunk").

Spring Heeled Jack valiantly gets bopped by the robot
Spring Heeled Jack valiantly gets bopped by the robot

Once Upon a Time in the 1970s has been a labor of love for years, funded out of pocket by taking on extra for-hire video work to pay for production costs. We've shown episodes of the series at comic conventions and film festivals across the country and are proud to finally bring it online. We just wrapped our weird, looping, season one story, and we have big plans for when we go back into production! We truly feel like we're bringing something unique to the science fiction genre and would love your support.

REWARDS:

Many of our campaign rewards are based around our distinct production design. Our Blu-ray rewards come packaged in handmade repurposed 5 1/4 inch floppy disc cases. We also have vacuum tube spiders, rayguns, and more! 

Blu-ray in floppy disk case! Possibly the most anachronistic Kickstarter reward ever!  ($35 pledge)
Blu-ray in floppy disk case! Possibly the most anachronistic Kickstarter reward ever! ($35 pledge)

As for standard rewards, we have great retro pimpbot t-shirts designed by Matt Wiley and retro history postcards.

Shirts come in tan ringers and 70s yellow. Men's and Women's styles available! Check out the pitch video to see them in action! ($35 pledge)
Shirts come in tan ringers and 70s yellow. Men's and Women's styles available! Check out the pitch video to see them in action! ($35 pledge)

All tiers above $10 include a DRM-free HD download of the entire series, ad free, and cut together with all credits at the end to not break up the viewing experience.

Vacuum tube spider bot is ready to terrorize your desk and/or cat!
Vacuum tube spider bot is ready to terrorize your desk and/or cat!

One last thing we are crazy excited to announce is that we are doing an extremely limited edition print of a 2-6 player strategy/battle board game that we have been designing over the last year. We’re not sure we’ll ever do a wide release of this game due to production craziness, but we’re incredibly excited to offer a small number of them.

Once Upon a Time in the 1970s - The Home Game! ($150 pledge)
Once Upon a Time in the 1970s - The Home Game! ($150 pledge)

The game features 13 figures, over 200 cards in 6 unique decks, 2 boards, and more!

6 custom character decks make for unlimited replay value and variation!
6 custom character decks make for unlimited replay value and variation!

We love the idea of pitching "a complete night of entertainment" as a movie/game night tie-in!

UPPER TIER REWARDS:

Crazy production design has always been the cornerstone of our story, and while we enjoy having a raygun-filled display case in our living room, we’d love to part with these hand-crafted screen-used props to help cover the costs of the shoot.

At the $500 level, we are offering one of our hand-made rayguns used on screen in the series. 

Choose your favorite or we'll build a custom one for the new episodes!
Choose your favorite or we'll build a custom one for the new episodes!

Finally, we're offering one of our robot puppets for your personal collection or future film/theater project. These robots are like children to us. To fund season 2, we will sell you our favorite child.

Here we are at a comic convention with the robot! He did not do autographs.
Here we are at a comic convention with the robot! He did not do autographs.

Producer Credit and Creative Input

We are also excited to offer producer credit for this season. Beyond being listed on IMDB and in the press as producer/executive producer for the series, if you support us at a producer level, we really are interested in your input and want to hear your opinions about the direction the show or its marketing/promotion.  If a producer is interested, we'll set up monthly Google Chat sessions and keep you copied on emails about all aspects of preproduction, production, marketing, and distribution.

EXCEEDING THE GOAL:

Every penny beyond our $8,000 base goal will go into producing additional episodes, preposterously large robots, and (most importantly) compensating the cast and crew that have awesomely volunteered their time on this project.

WHO WE ARE:

We are Chris and Anne Lukeman and, together with a ton of amazing filmmakers, musicians, and actors, we released season one of our story.

We have released a number of supernatural comedy short films that have played at film festivals and comic conventions across the country. Between our various YouTube channels, we have over 400,000 views, and we are committed to playing with the boundaries of web video storytelling as the medium grows.

The first season of Once Upon a Time in the 1970s was a piece by piece experiment in storytelling and worldbuilding. From that, we want to take the story to its ridiculous and powerful conclusion.

Risks and challenges

There are always risks when making a film or webseries. You can lose an actor, a location can be torn down (yes, this has happened to us), or other projects can distract your crew.

We've built a really close community of friends making the first season, though, and we're sure we'll be able to find alternate locations or crew if needed. Also, the great thing about making a time travel movie is that it wouldn't be impossible to rewrite characters out of the story (or replace them with their younger or older selves) if necessary.

Aside from season 1 of this series, we've produced a feature film and dozens of short films over the past 10 years. We are 100% confident that, whatever we need to do, we will complete season 2.

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    BEEP BOOP - Our heartfelt thanks! You are awesome and will be listed in the credits and on our website as a backer.

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    DATA TRANSFER - You will receive an HD download of the entire series! (And be listed in the credits and on our website as a backer.)

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    PROPAGANDA - In addition to an HD download of the entire series, we'll send you a nifty handwritten postcard with some cool robot art on it! (And be listed in the credits and on our website as a backer.)

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    1970s THE DVD - You'll get a DVD copy of the ENTIRE series in a standard DVD case. Also you will receive the HD digital download and be listed in the credits/website as a backer.

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    BLU-RAY FLOPPY DISK COLLECTOR'S EDITION - Signed special edition Blu-ray of the entire series in a repurposed 5.25" floppy disk package! This disk will have tons of special features and behind the scenes video! Plus the HD digital download, credits listing, and thanks on our website.

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    1970s THE T-SHIRT - Physical media is dead, but you still have to wear clothing! Just an awesome 1970s pimpbot t-shirt in the size of your choice. Available in tan ringer OR solid yellow. Plus the HD digital download, credits listing, and thanks on our website.

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    TOTAL SWAG PACKAGE - Signed DVD or Blu-ray of the entire series in a floppy disk package, plus a sweet 70s pimpbot t-shirt! Plus the postcard, the HD digital download of entire series and thanks on our website/being listed in the credits.

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    SPIDERBOT PACKAGE - You get a handmade vacuum tube spider (similar to what was stop motion animated in the episode "1977"), a DVD/Blu-ray of the entire series, plus a sweet 1970s robot t-shirt!

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    "THE HOME GAME" PACKAGE - You get a limited edition ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE 1970s adventure/battle board game. The game is for 2-6 players, features over 200 custom cards, 13 figures, 2 boards, and more! You also receive a DVD/Blu-ray of the entire series, an HD download of the entire series and thanks on our website/being listed in the credits.

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    RAYGUN PACKAGE - You'll receive an actual raygun prop used in the movie, handmade from probably-not-dangerous recycled electronics! This includes RAYGUN NAMING RIGHTS - we'll stamp it on the handle and try to feature it in a closeup.

    We'll also include a display stand and a signed photo from the scene it was used for!

    Finally, we'll hook you up with a DVD/Blu-ray of the series, an HD digital download, and massive thanks on our website and in the credits!

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    PRODUCER PACKAGE - You'll be credited as a producer on IMDB and in the series credits, and will have an opportunity to chat with the creators about the direction the series is taking!

    We'll also make sure you're totally hooked up with a DVD/Blu-Ray and a shirt, as well as MAJOR thanks all over our website and social media and an HD digital download.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - You'll be credited as the Executive Producer for Season Two on IMDB and in the series credits.

    We'll also work with you to create a 30-second video suitable for broadcast or the web for your business, brand, story, or sci-fi/fantasy property.

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    THE ROBOT - This is literally the big one. For fully funding this season, you will get the first robot we built for the series. His name is Bruce...please treat him well. The robot is 8 feet tall and will include a stand and detailed instructions for assembly.

    You'll also receive an HD digital download of the film, a DVD/Blu-Ray, and we'll also list you as a major backer in the credits and on our website.

    ADDITIONALLY: we'll let you name the next robot we build! If the name isn't too ridiculous, we'll include it in the series, but either way you can rest assured we'll talk about it as such in interviews and 100s of times on set.

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