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A short, steampunk comedy film with a mad scientist loose in Victorian England. Unfortunately she has to stop for tea... Read more

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A short, steampunk comedy film with a mad scientist loose in Victorian England. Unfortunately she has to stop for tea...

Louisville, KY Shorts
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The Links.

We'll be keeping this page updated as we go, but you can also get more details and behind the scenes info by liking our Facebook page or following us on Twitter.

The Story.

Set in the fanatic alternate history of the 1800s, Tea Time is a comedy that follows a conflicted mad scientist. Elizabeth is in a proper and strict world where inventors are held in high regard, but only ones that fit in. Her work has been rejected (again) and she has had it. Her Aunt Judith wants nothing more than for her to give up this foolishness, marry a proper gentleman and get out of her house (taking her machines with her). On this particular day Judith has a different potential suitor waiting for her. A man Elizabeth is somewhat familiar with.

The World.

Steampunk can mean many things. We are sticking to the traditional definition and this is set in Victorian England somewhere between 1860 and 1890. In this version of England, however, anything is possible. Technology leapt forward faster than in our own history and inventors and scientists are boldly shaping their new world will all manner of gadgets that push the limits of everything we think is possible. With crazy machines running on steam, analog, and other mysterious power sources, anything goes.

The Art.

We have some very talented people doing some amazing artwork for us. For now we are only going to share a little of it with some more on the way. All this in high resolution (plus some exclusives) will be available in our Digital Art Bundle for backers of $50 or higher.

Early mad scientist Elizabeth concept.
Early mad scientist Elizabeth concept.
One of many ideas for the Inventor's Institute logo.
One of many ideas for the Inventor's Institute logo.

The Characters.

Elizabeth: A brilliant, if not a little unstable, young woman whose only goal is to invent and change the world around her. Although she is good at pretending to fit in, she is far from interested in society and finds dealing with the rest of the world to be quite frustrating.

Aunt Judith: A fine, proper woman of the Victorian world. With social standing at the very top of her priority list, having an inventor in her house (with a lab in the basement) is not an ideal situation. She loves her niece, but she strongly believes marrying Elizabeth off is what is best for everyone. 

George: The suitor. Elizabeth has no idea this is the man waiting for her. He is also unaware of Elizabeth's true nature as an inventor. There's more to him....but lets not spoil anything...

The Production.

We're still in pre-production right now and are hard at work assembling the rest of the cast and crew. We've already got some really talented people helping out on the project and we're getting more help every day.

There is a lot we already have in the way of gear including cameras, mics, tripods, lights, etc but we are hoping to rent some better gear for the final film to really push the production value to a whole new level. 

A lot of the production choices will depend on the final budget. That's why this kickstarter is so important. Everything adds up quick.

Historic setting: Although this is a steampunk version of the 1800s, we still need most of it to look like it's from the Victorian era. That means everything needs changed for the set. From furniture to cups, to everything decorating the walls. Also, one of the biggest expenses, costumes! Rentals that look good enough on camera are expensive and so is making them from scratch.

Locations: Louisville Kentucky is a great place to film a Victorian setting! There is an abundance of Victorian style homes and bed and breakfasts. Good news: we won’t have to travel far for our locations. However, locations will require deposits and rental fees to secure the location for a period of time (it would be better if we can avoid modern day-looking people traveling through our scenes).

Props: In a steampunk world there are a wealth of gadgets and machines that are everywhere. We are going to need to make a few for the production. 

Production Costs: The general costs that come in making any film. These include equipment rentals (gear is expensive to buy), meals for the cast and crew (it's the least we can do for their generous time and effort) and other miscellaneous expenses. These range from make-up to gaffer tape to all sorts of things. 

Risks and challenges

Shooting a film, even a short one can come with a whole host of problems. On the plus side, this is not the first film our crew has attempted. We have years of experience and several awards under our belts including Best Picture and Audience Choice of the 24 hour film race in the Twin Cities.

The biggest challenge to the film overall is time and money. Unfortunately we all have day jobs and are making this movie in our free time. This is limiting, but we have a lot of passion and don't mind losing some sleep over it.

Unfortunately this means it might take some time for us to finish the film. We can't make any promises as to when, but we are trying to enter this into festivals for next year (whose entry deadlines start in January). So we will do our best to get it done as soon as we can but it might take to the end of the year. We're hoping for sooner, but films are notorious for taking longer than planned. We just want to be honest with everyone up front.

As for the budget, even if we don't reach our goal, we will do our best to get the film made anyway. We really want to make this film and we hope you can't wait to see it.

For our backers, we have put a lot of thought into the rewards we are offering. We had to carefully weigh everything we wanted to offer everyone with the realistic cost of making and delivering everything. When we narrowed down our list we made sure to double check that everything we were offering was within our means of achieving.

The biggest issue is the server space and bandwidth. Sometimes servers go down at just the wrong moment without warning. If that does end up happening (I certainly hope not) then we'll work with everyone to make sure that each backer gets what they are supposed to.

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