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The World of Steam is a set of Twilight Zone-like episodes set in a Steampunk universe.
The World of Steam is a set of Twilight Zone-like episodes set in a Steampunk universe.
The World of Steam is a set of Twilight Zone-like episodes set in a Steampunk universe.
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BACK SOME GREAT ART!!!

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Steam-folkses!

Just came across this amazing kickstarter. Support art! And these guys are great artists! Astronauts! Sentient melons! What's not to like?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blackholes/black-holes-0?

More update-y stuff coming soon.  I'm meeting with Henson this Thursday and hopefully will be able to say more word sounds then.

In steam, 

Matt

/rant

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Hey, it's Matt.

Thanks for being great fans as always.

Just a word or three on ethics...

I was recently contacted through kickstarter by a company that claimed huge success using the kickstarter platform. They had made a backpack and were picked up by a bunch of magazines as the newest-coolest-geek-thing and were approaching me about my backer list. They wanted to have the names and information on my backers in exchange for this:

"We can provide you with the names, job titles, telephone numbers and email addresses for the right contacts for retail distribution at JC Penney's, Sears, Walmart, Macy's, Amazon, Best Buy et. Al. If you are interested in corporate sales revenue, we have all of the Fortune 1000, Global 500, Inc. 500 and millions of others. You can review our massive online database."

and then this little gem:

"There are many no-cost ways we can work together. The first step is for us to receive an export of your backers and in return we will provide you with an excel file containing retail, corporate, education contacts including phone, title and email addresses. "

Now, this campaign was a success. They have made in excess of a million dollars for their product. The more digging that I did, the more that I found that their product is flawed, and where it is not flawed it seems pretty much like an outright scam. And now they were parlaying their monetary success into suckering successful creators into data mining kickstarter for more potential gain, and I could easily see well-intentioned artists getting taken in by this.

This is modern day snake oil salesmanship under the guise of entrepreneurship, and it sincerely ticks me off. As a creator who has literally had to decide whether or not I should create this month or feed my kids (sorry, the kids always win), this drives me nuts. I have spent over 5 years in pursuit of bringing The World of Steam to television, stretching every dollar I got to the fullest, and the inevitable delays, reductions, cuts, sacrifices, adjustments, and eventual successes that I've had in order to make this show a reality, while these guys just use kickstarter as a piggy bank really gets me furious. I love kickstarter. I do. a lot. I think that crowd funding artists is one of the coolest things that the internet has allowed to happen. It took a simple dream that I had to putting it in a place where it looks like it can become a reality (GO JIM HENSON COMPANY!!!).

The fact that these guys are sullying this platform and making people have to be cynical with their altruistic desire to help artists and dreamers is outright opportunism at best and frankly scumbag behavior at worst. I don't really have a point here, other than to say that there are good artists doing amazing work out there. We try to highlight them on this page when we can. And we should all still try to support them.

As to the hucksters, if I was to give the words to one of my characters, it would go something like this:

"You are mumbling coves, mutton shunting hornswogglers, and you deserve naught but disrespect and ire. The smell of you sickens me. Get out of my sight."

/end rant

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Who is WoS partnering with?!?

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Hey and sorry about the long time without an update...

Thanks for the support for the show Steampunk’d as well. Bunch of big news – smallest to largest First, The World of Steam – The Webseries.  Going to reiterate some things and going to bring up some new things as well, so keep your ears open. Seriously wait for it...

 We have amazing news!!!

WoS: The Webseries news

  • Tommy Aagaard our editor/producer had to go on to work as lead on a 100 million dollar movie, and we think that’s an okay career move, so we’ll allow it. Plus we’ve taken up years of his life, pushing this thing along bit by bit, so we figured a scenery change was good to keep him sane.
  • We’ve also brought on a new editor named L Dillon Thomas who has been gracious enough to lend his time to us. He just left working on the new Pirates of the Caribbean, so we’re in good hands.
  • We’ve integrated 99.99999% of the pickup shots into the cut, and we’re going to get the last couple of little inserts this upcoming week.
  • Long story short, the number of CG shots in this is topping 250 at this point. But it looks great, and I’m proud of it. We’re getting there.

Second, The World of Steam TV show

I am proud to announce that World of Steam will be partnering with The Henson Company!!!! yes, that’s Henson studios to bring The World of Steam to television. Yes, you heard that right, The Jim Henson Company! We’re specifically working with an amazing producer named John Hyde who you might know from a couple of films that he did like Short Circuit, Flight of the Navigator, The Ralph Bakshi Fire and Ice, The Lost Boys and Neverending Story. He was also the animation executive producer on the animated Hellboy movie and a small show called The Simpsons. We’re also incredibly excited to be working with Lisa Henson, the CEO of Henson studios who took a liking to the project early last year, and we’ve been working together on getting it out. Now, other than the fact that I’ve wanted to work with Henson since I was four years old, why does Henson dovetail well with The World of Steam.

For some of you this is a duh, but some others only know the Hensons through the muppets, so lemme explain. I met Henson as a kid through the muppets. But I came to LOVE Henson through Labyrinth, Jim Henson’s Storyteller and of course The Dark Crystal. Even later I became an uber fanboy of Farscape. It is that dark world blending of magic, machines, myth and mayhem that I hope we can create together with this partnership. So, there’s news, that’s what I’ve been sitting on for a while now, and I hope you enjoy what we bring out. We really want to hear from you though.

So if you like Henson, and you like Steampunk and you think this is a match made in heaven like peanut butter and jelly, fish and chips, sun and moon, thunder and lightning, or… Steampunk and Henson Studios. That fan noise goes a long way to helping us get distribution or for a major studio like Netflix or Amazon to pick us up. So, seriously, if you like this idea, make some noise and spread this far and wide.

As always, thanks for your help with this, you guys are the best fans in the world.

Matt

The Eyes Have It! - Please Vote!

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The Eyes Have It

Hey guys!  We are continuing down the CG rabbit hole.  I was wondering which of these eyes that you guys like more?  Please vote for one!

EYE SHOT 1

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 EYE SHOT 2

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 Each one has things to recommend them and I have been staring at them for two weeks.  Which one sings more to you? Please put your vote for Eye shot 1 or 2 in the comments below!  Thanks so much!

-Matt

Interpretations Competition - PREY

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Hey!

By the way, I did a short for the Interpretations Competition. Had to use the same 4 lines written by David Henry Hwang.  It's judged by Justin Lin (Star Trek).  If I win this it would be a huge help to me and the show.  Can you go watch the short and like and share it! Please!

Thanks so much.

Matt