TINKER: A Steampunk Adventure Series
Tinker by name, tinker by trade. The international adventures of San Francisco inventors Sho and Kimi Tinker. Action/Drama/Humor
WHAT IS TINKER About - The 1st Season
The wealthy and eccentric Lady Cushing of Hong Kong, in an effort to complete her late father’s life’s work, has engaged the Tinkers to build a device that will provide cheap and abundant power to the masses. The corrupt Ministry of Water and Power have dispatched their agents everywhere in an effort to maintain their control over the nation’s power resources by thwarting Lady Cushing and her entourage.
Now when you say ‘Web Series…
The Web Series will consist of 14 first-season ‘Webisodes’.
TINKER aims to expand the boundaries of Steampunk science fiction by transforming it from just an aesthetic to evolving it into a multi-ethnic, culture- exploring, collection of stories that does for Steampunk what Star Trek did for science fiction back in the sixties. This includes: mature themes, exotic locations, sub-plots, drama and action (instead of just action), making the effort to put the 'punk' back into Steampunk by going outside currently established 'rules' of the genre, and fusing the diverse talents of several industries into a new kind of steam-powered animal. Even if you don't actively follow the subculture of Steampunk, there is still something here for you as long as you have an appreciation for: Science Fiction, Action, Martial Arts, Humor, Drama, Intrigue, Alternate History and Music.
TINKER videos will be available at Tinkersteampunkseries.com, YouTube, and other aggressive aggregator sites. Viewed on a computer with a broadband connection or downloaded and watched on most mobile devices including, Android, Tablet, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Who Are These ‘Tinker’ People?
TINKER by name, TINKER by trade…
Kimi and her father, Sho, are tinkers, both by trade (tinker) and surname (Tinker). That is to say they invent, repair, and even retrofit mechanical items both large and small. From engines to watches; from household appliances to medical equipment; no project is too big or too small for the Tinkers as long as you have the coin to engage their services. That’s because the Tinkers are different. They are not mere hobbyists and they are not fools. What they are, both individually and collectively, is a talented hybrid of scientist, craftsman and artist.
The Tinkers are also adventurers, though not by profession, it just seems that the mantle has been thrust upon them if only recently.
What’s All This Then?
It’s 1899 and we are closing in on the end of a century and the end of an era: The Victorian era. The Age of Steam is beginning and with it a whole new way of life and a faster pace for living that life.
The Tinkers live in the foggy, overpopulated city of San Francisco in an alternate-reality, late 19th century where they operate a unique showroom of mechanical oddities for sale to any buyer with the right wallet. Known by many the world over, Clockwerks Emporium is that very workshop and showroom where the Tinkers have modified electrical devices for royalty and repaired machines for heads of state and wealthy businessmen and women from all over the world. The Tinkers have even marketed their own quirky inventions and weapons. They enjoy a collective reputation for being the very best at what they do and they do a lot.
But it’s not an invention of their own that has drawn unnecessary (and unfriendly) attention to the Tinkers. It’s a device they built under contract. That’s why the ex-patriate Lady Cushing traveled all the way from her compound in British Hong Kong on her private dirigible just to find and hire them. That’s also why The Ministry of Water and Power is trying to interfere and believe me, it’s not an invitation to tea or a ceremonial key to the city. That's why Lady Cushing’s friend, Professor Haverhill was murdered and why Lord Buxomly, the wealthy pawn of Madame Ji Li of the Gasworks, is trying so hard to eliminate the Tinkers as possible threats. The Tinkers’ collective reputation is why the Mayor and the City Council are meddling as well. All this over an invention designed to help mankind.
If it weren't for the two-timing, double-dealing of the duplicitous Countess Vandermeer (aka Jawbreaker), coupled with the coincidental and unrelated meddling of the dim-witted Mr. Henderson and the slow-footed Mr. Kite, as well as an assortment of villainous agents of greed and excess, the Tinkers and Lady Cushing would probably be captured, or worse… dead.
But if it all went smoothly then Lady Cushing would never have found the Tinkers and never have achieved her true purpose in life; Sho Tinker would never have found redemption; Captain Alexandra Victoria Brian Pelham would never have found her mother; Keane would never have found a paying job; Medford would never have been able to retire; the Guild Girls would never have had their Guild Book returned; and Kimi Tinker would never have found Giancarlo…
Sho Tinker, a legendary mechanic and inventor played by JOHNNIE SAIKO
Kimi Tinker, a genius tomboy & gun enthusiast played by SAMANTHA SURTIDA
Want to know more about the character's of TINKER? Check out their story Bios --> here <--
And meet our Cast --> here <--
When does the series launch?
The first season of the Web Series is currently under development by CONTAINMENT FIELD at their North Hollywood, CA studio, under the instruction of STEAMPUNK PARTNERS, the licensee of the original intellectual property. Principle digital cinematography is expected to commence in mid-June 2013 and the Webisodes should go live by the end of the summer.
Where is your hard earned money going, and why do we need your support?
As a small independent studio we've spent nearly 3 years developing TINKER on the side. Many of our team investing their own time & money. It's now time for TINKER to emerge from the fog of our fictional San Francisco, and for you to decide if it should sail, or sink to the sea.
Our goal of $69,500.00 will cover: Pre-production, Production, Sound, Musical Score, Original Music for the Soundtrack, Wardrobe, Props, Sets, and all other essentials to create our Pilot.
If we raise funds beyond our goal, then the next expense is the all important Marketing. After that will come more production value on the pilot, then the next priority will be the episodes planned for the first season (estimated at $20,000.00 per episode after initial wardrobe, etc expenses covered by KS), and even more production value by bolstering the current budget in all areas, all only possible with your support!
We support the http://kickingitforward.org/ movement!
- Creator/Executive Producer/Showrunner - Michael Taglianetti
- Visual F/X Supervisors - David R. Hardberger, Paul M. Smith
- Editor - JK Realms
- Special Mechanical F/X Supervisor - Johnnie Saiko
- Producers - Paul M. Smith, Arthur Belokonov, Don Allen, Gil Ramirez, Clint Worley
- Episode Directors - JK Realms, Tibor Szakaly & Sean Williams
- Director of Social Media & PR: Lucid Luminos
- Fan Club Coordinator - Emily Green
- Music Supervisor - Lucid Luminos
We will release a soundtrack of musicians featured in the Tinker pilot and 1st Season episodes. The music will be as diverse as the Tinker's travels taking the audience on journey's of beauty, adventure, classical, the darkness of a corrupt system, and of course just plain fun! The music of TINKER and the soundtrack will be funded by a PledgeMusic campaign following our Kickstarter campaign. A double disk featuring the original score on disk 1 and bands tracks on disk 2. Our bands are steampunk themed, or steampunk fans themselves that want you to hear their vision of our steampunk inspired world.
Featured in our Kickstarter fundraising videos are:
3 Piece from Southern California known for their sonically massive choruses, and constrained electronic verses. Inspired mainly by film rather than music.
Orchestral rock quartet from Brighton/London, UK. Birdeatsbaby are far from your average rock band. Incorporating a varied collection of influences, the band combine piano-lead power-pop with orchestral and melodic rock, resulting in something that sounds hauntingly original and delicate.
Other Artist's on board Tinker are:
More to be announced!
Some of the wardrobe, jewelry & accessories in TINKER will be by: Generations of Art, The Blonde Swan, Steampunk Obscura, Nonconformity, Dr. Brassy Steamington, Kelly's Heroes, and Wonderland Corsets, Silver Leaf Costumes.
Will be created in-house and provided by:
The Pitch Video
The content of the pitch video does not reflect the final production value and feel that will be TINKER. In fact, Mr. Hardberger had no involvement with it. Mr. Hardberger will become involved in TINKER once it has reached it's funding goal. It is a conceptual video of minimal budget featuring costumes provided by some of the cast. The majority of wardrobe will be completed after the completion of our Kickstarter.
Additional music by www.pacdv.com/sounds
More rewards viewable & larger images ->HERE<-
Take your pick of the TINKER behind the scenes documentary "Behind the Gears" (Digital Download), TINKER Pilot HD Digital Download, TINKER Season 1 HD Digital Download, or even the TINKER Season 1 Deluxe Collector's Edition Blu-Ray / DVD Combo!
Our creative team has also thought up many other fun "rewards" for you to receive for supporting TINKER as our special thank you! Some of which have been contributed by our collaborators.
If you're feeling generous please remember you can request more than one reward if you've Pledged the total amount equal to them. For example for $100 you can choose up to 7 Reward packages! Just send us a message with your additional choices. :)
A Set of 6 TINKER Collectible Character Illustration Cards. (A Kickstarter Download Exclusive)
An autographed copy of Violet's album "The Violet Steam Experience"
Jawbreaker's mask (Leather Version) worn by actress Madisen Grey and signed after filming! Plus ALL Rewards (that are not limited quantity)
Dark Beauty Magazine's 3rd Annual Steampunk Issue
An assortment of treasures for Men & Women by Dr Brassy Steamington ™!
Captain Pelham's Journal - Impress your friends with Authentic Victorian period Exotic Drink Recipes, Humorous Anecdotes, and Delicious Recipes! As told by The Dragonfly's airship Captain during her travels. (132 page book)
A Watch Bot Sculpture hand crafted by AVE ROSE! (Magical, miniature, realms of clockwork. Watchbots are miniature robots made of watch parts. Each sculpture contains a world where the watchbots live, work and play. They are made up of watch parts, clock parts, glass domes and lighting fixtures.)
Birdeatsbaby "Feast of Hammers" Album
- 1. Intro
- 2. Love Will Bring You Nothing
- 3. Anchor
- 4. What The Water Gave Me
- 5. Feast of Hammers
- 6. The Sailor’s Wife
- 7. Incitatus
- 8. Interlude
- 9. Double Nine
- 10. Through Ten Walls
- 11. Tastes Like Sympathy
- 12. Victoria
- 13. Finale
(Included with most $30+ Pledge)Tinker Reusable Shopping Bag
Steamcoil Bracelet by Dead Pleasures Design
Lovelace Collar (Brown) by Dead Pleasures Design
A handmade Mechanical Heart Necklace by Actress Emily Green who plays Amaryllis!! (wind up girl in video)
Good Co's album: Electro Swing for the Masses Limited Edition, signed by them and Abney Park!! (including Nathaniel Johnstone)
- 1. Tumbling Down
- 2. Postage
- 3. Jazz Player
- 4. One Of These Mornings
- 5. Good Advice
- 6. Nobody But Me
- 7. East St Louis
- 8. Carnival
- 9. Swing It Brother
- 10. WSD
- 11. Comes Love
- 12. St James (featuring Abney Park)
- 13. Zebra Donkey
- 14. Good Company (featuring The Honeyville Rascals)
A one of a kind steampunk key pendant by Starla Moore!
Savi0r's album: Weapon of Choice signed by Adam.
- 01. Cataylist
- 02. Doom
- 03. Forbidden
- 04.In Command
- 05. In Your Own World
- 06. Kissed by the Night
- 07. Purity
- 08. Seduced to nothing
- 09. The Verdict
- 10. Titan's Watch
- 11. Vertebrae
- 12. What You Have Lost (Somber Mix)
Thank you for taking the time to read. We hope you will join us on this adventure!!
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges to producing a series, however we have a strong team with many years of experience, who know their crafts. Our diverse cast & crew are not only actively involved in the worlds of Film, and Sci-Fi, but in the worlds of Fashion, Art, Music, Radio, all things Geek, and of course Steampunk! With nearly 3 years in development we've done our homework, TINKER's track is well laid out, we just need funding to get our train rolling!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter