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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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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

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

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UPDATES!!! The Work and the World continues...

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HOW WE'RE PROGRESSING...

Four months since my last update, huh? (sheepish grin)

Well, a lot of stuff has happened in that time period.  Let's break this down. It's going to be a little vague because I can't use the names of the entities until everything is done, but I'll do my best to explain.  Feel free to PM me if you want a bit more clarity.

The two directions...

The show is basically moving in two different directions right now.  There is the webseries, that I am in charge of and that I am continuing to do work on (more on that later), and the TV show.

The TV Show

So, due to interest into making The World of Steam into a larger TV show due to the partner that we picked up (see last update), we changed the format.  The reasoning was this:  An anthology series is an almost impossible sell in the current TV market without an existing name or franchise that the anthology is building off of (eg - Amazing Stories, Tales from the Crypt).

This is because having a non-recurring cast, with non-recurring story lines in a Victorian Science Fiction world is REALLY COST PROHIBITIVE. Basically asking a studio to lay out a few million on crazy costumes, sets and CG that they are never going to use in another episode when they have to compete with 200 other channels...

...makes for a really hard to sell business model (obviously). Sooooo. We kiboshed the anthology as a format. And being told that my idea was dead in the water... well that stank.

However.

Everyone we have talked to really likes the idea of The World of Steam as a SEASONAL ANTHOLOGY (American Horror Story, Fargo, True Detective). The seasonal anthology is now a proven model and people are tuning into them. For the uninitiated, a seasonal anthology is a series that tells a single story over a season, and at the end of that year (be it 10, 13 or 24 episodes) it resets to a new venue/location/storyline. It allows us to cast the show with bigger names that are only going to be around for a season and then turn around the next year and send the show to another realm. Sooooo, our writing team got together, we broke script, we expanded one of our existing episodes into a larger 13 episode arc and we sent it on to producers, and they...

We then took the shows out to networks and we have gotten an amazing response.

(This is the point where I move further into NDA* area)

*NDA = Non Disclosure Agreement

We've had some serious interest, a few networks have passed, and we've also gotten a "who's this Matt King guy who's heading this thing?" response.  So, we're also targeting heavy hitter directors and show runners to move the ball and bring name cred to the project (with the caveat that I still want creative control - this is not an easy pitch in Hollywoodland).

So, without dropping names, I have to say, we're in bed with some heavy hitters, we're moving the show forward, this is my day, night and weekend job, and it's moving forward, albeit at a pace that drives me crazy and makes being a husband and father a more difficult job. When I finally get to drop the names and basically tell you the same news but say who we're involved with, hopefully your heads will spin off your shoulders.  But in the meanwhile, please please please, keep the faith, help us get the word out and keep the interest alive because it really does help take the show over the finish line.  The more vocal and the more visible our followers are, the better and more likely we do this quickly. Thank you in advance.

Hello from the other side...

 And then there's the webseries.

I have continued on with the webseries, although we are tacitly out of money and I am doing this out of pocket.  We still have a few pickup shots to go, we need to do ADR and music, and we're slogging through a ton of CG shots.  Check out some stuff that we are doing:

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 Inside baseball here, we're building in all of the reflections in the glass, the dirt on the window to make you think that there's actually glass in that window and not just a wood frame, we're working on the matte painting for the stuff out the window and eventually will be doing more work on various items in the room and movement of the airships outside, etc.  But this gives you a sense of the incremental steps.

And this...

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 I love this shot, and I think that we're moving in the right direction. Still too video gamey in the background, but considering we started with just a simple greenscreen and we are moving toward airships etc... And speaking of airships...

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 These are just placeholder silhouettes, but it gives a sense of our bigger world.  And it is going to be a truly big world.  And here you can see the progression towards Chad Weatherford's design of the air carriage (especially from the last update)...

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 You can see how the carriage is going to move and all of the mechanics of the horse (I had our CGI artists really do work on the internal mechanics of the horse) movement that we are going to build in as well...

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 I hope you enjoy these few tastes.  Please share them around and drive eyes to us.  Every little bit of help pushing this show forward is wonderful.  Thank you as always, and since I am (weirdly) funding this whole thing by being an actor, check out the various projects that I am going to be starring in in the near future and chirp about them please!!! 

Thanks so much.

In steam,

Matt