About this project
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Prepare for a high-flying steampunk adventure in this all-new Sci-Fi / Fantasy series about a pair of talented inventors called, the TINKERS. Set in an alternate history timeline that picks up in the late nineteenth century, the world of the Tinkers is one of smog, acid rain, fog, steam, over-population, bland food, booming economic growth, scientific achievement and unbridled capitalism. The story follows the lives of the Tinkers, a father/daughter engineering duo, who have achieved a level of notoriety as inventors in their native San Francisco of the Northwest American territory. When a wealthy and eccentric expatriate, now residing in British controlled Hong Kong, named Lady Cushing engages their services to build a device from the incomplete plans left behind by her late father, also an inventor and gentleman explorer, they are thrust headlong into a world of intrigue, lies, deceit, greed, and eminent danger in which the balance of worldly power rests unaware, alternately in both the calloused hands of Sho Tinker and the gloved hands of Lady Cushing.
1st Season Overview
The wealthy and eccentric adventure-seeker, Lady Cushing, attempts to complete the life’s work of her late father and older brothers, with the help of a well-known father and daughter team of inventors called, the Tinkers. This innovation however threatens the status quo and for that there are repercussions.
The corrupt energy utilities of Western America, most notably the Ministry of Water & Power and the Gasworks, have each dispatched their agents in an effort to thwart the Tinkers and Lady Cushing. Her well-equipped entourage, lead by the courageous Captain Alexandra Victoria Brian Pelham, intervenes but Lord Blackwelder has a plan to maintain his dictatorship over the American nation’s valuable and extensive power resources. With an energy war on the verge of erupting, an additional obstacle surfaces, provided courtesy of the notorious masked criminal, Jawbreaker, who runs interference at all parties, by playing both sides in this emerging battle for power and the wealth that typically accompanies it.
Now when you say Web Series…
The Web Series is planned to consist of 14 first-season ‘Webisodes’.
TINKER aims to expand the boundaries of Steampunk science fiction by further transforming it from what many know as 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, always making the effort to keep true to the 'punk' in 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.
TINKER will feature stylish Victorian era-inspired wardrobe, lavish sets (both practical and digital), custom props, unusual locations and just enough technology to make Jules Verne and H.G. Wells proud.
STEAMPUNK PARTNERS plans to distribute the show initially on the Web. The episodes would be available on both the TINKER Web site: www.TinkerSteampunkSeries.com as well as on Vimeo. Regardless of the different outlets that will eventually carry the episodes, the individual, first-run programs would always be free to view on the Web site. Collections of episodes or seasons would be available on Blu-Ray for purchase at a later date.
If funded when would the Pilot launch?
Pre-production for 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. Principal digital cinematography for the Pilot if funded would commence in February 2014 and would go live March 2014.
Meet some of our diverse cast
Sho Tinker, a legendary mechanic and inventor played by JOHNNIE SAIKO
Kimi Tinker, a genius tomboy & gun enthusiast played by ERIKA MARIKO OLSEN
Keane (Tommy Mack), Miss Wei (Chewie Mon), Alexandra V.B. Pelham, Captain of the Dragonfly (Katie Hotchkiss), Ajax Wallace, Dragonfly Radio Man (Al Snow), Dr. Londonderry, The Dragonfly’s Doctor (Cheo Jackson), Phoenix Jones, The Dragonfly’s Cook (Fawn "Phoenix" Tran), George Buzzle, Dragonfly Bosun (Travanti Waller), Ginger Bacon, Dragonfly Chief Engineer (Ryan Burke), Armatrading, Dragonfly Tail Gunner (Roger Edwards), Anton Breit, Dragonfly Engineer’s Mate (Del Zamora).
Lord Blackwelder, The Minister of Water & Power Played by AZMYTH KAMINSKI
Countess Vandermeer/Jawbreaker, wine heiress with a secret / Jawbreaker, master criminal and costumed super villain. Played by MADISON GREY
Carnelian (Natasha Benko), Hesperia, (Stephanie Danielson), Mr. Kite (Patrick McCarthy), Mr. Henderson (Darren Kendrick), Eldine Herzhaft (Katarina Leigh Waters), Lala Deák (Angie Gega), Mr. Fitch (Sam Lock), Lord Martin Morgan (Martin Borg), Lady Catherine Morgan (Tempast Wolf), Delphine Severin (Chanel Ryan). Other Parties:
The Stranger (Matthew Brenher), Finn Farold (Ross Johnson), Guild Girl: Cherry aka The Geisha (Candace Kita), Ylang Ylang: “The Candlestick Maker" (Elle Sonnet), Amaryllis (Emily Lawrence), Elmira Perkins (Strix), Guild Girl: Flordelis aka The Librarian (Jessica Sonneborn), Admiral Tilden (Barry Ratcliffe), The Quartermaster (John Mawson), Jack Cheese (Garret Fox), Cong (Eugene Choy), Guild Girl: Fineas aka The Whip (Kat Sheridan).
- Creator/Show Runner/Executive Producer/Head Writer - Michael Taglianetti
- Co-Visual FX Supervisor/CG Supervisor/VFX Art Director - Paul M. Smith
- Series Director of Photography/Co-Visual FX Supervisor - David Hardberger
- Series Post Production Supervisor/Series Supervising Editor - Russell Denove
- Special Mechanical F/X Supervisor - Johnnie Saiko
- Series Producers - Paul M. Smith, Arthur L. Belokonov, Don Allen, Chanel Ryan, Corena Gibson, Tempast Wulf
- Episode Directors - Tibor Szakaly & Sean Williams
- Director of Social Media & Crowdfunding: Lucid Luminos
- Fan Club Coordinator - Emily Green
- Music Supervisor - Lucid Luminos
- SF Historical Adviser - Aaron Almanza of the SF Steampunks Works
Models, Miniatures and Specialty Props
Will be created in-house and/or provided by:
McCune Design, Founded by the legendary Oscar winning Grant McCune of Star Wars fame, their past work has included: Cabin in the Woods, Iron Man 2, Serenity, Spider-Man 2, Minority Report, X2: X-Men United, Robocop 3, and more!
Dale Mathis, master sculpture & multimedia artist.
More to be announced!
We will release a soundtrack of musicians featured in the Tinker pilot and planned 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! As this Kickstarter is for the Pilot. The remaining 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.
Birdeatsbaby 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:
Some of the wardrobe, jewelry & accessories in TINKER will be by: Aneroc (Corena Gibson), Generations of Art, The Blonde Swan, Steampunk Obscura, Nonconformity, Dr. Brassy Steamington, Kelly's Heroes, Wonderland Corsets, Silver Leaf Costumes, and Hades Footwear.
Where will your hard earned money be going, and why do we need your support?
Some of you might be thinking we have talent involved that has worked on big movies why do we need your money, we must be rich right? While we wish we were rich, we aren't. Times are tough for creatives, and those big names don't come free, no matter how much they love our project.
Our minimum project goal of $10,000.00 will cover: Pre-production, Production, Sound, Musical Score, Initial Original Music for the Soundtrack, Wardrobe, Props, Sets, and all other essentials to create our Pilot. Without your support TINKER will develop at a crawl.
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, and even more production value by bolstering the current budget in all areas, all only possible with your support!
Bare minimum once we have our high quality Pilot other opportunities to sustain, and continue the series will be available to us. Aside from the soundtrack, it is our preference to not rely on crowdfunding after this initial kick start. We will try our best to utilize alternatives, or in the least greatly reduce the funding we need from future crowdfunding until the series develops a strong following.
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Choose your flavor of the TINKER Pilot:
HD Digital Download, DVD, Blu-Ray DVD Combo, or the Deluxe Collector's Edition Blu-Ray / DVD Combo! Deluxe Collector's Edition features behind the scenes documentaries "Behind the Gears" hosted by Elle Sonnet.
TINKER Gear Logo T-Shirt (Available in Men's Premium Fitted Sizes: Small, Med, Large, XL, XXL [add $2] in Colors: Black, Dark Chocolate, Military Green - Woman's Perfect Tee Sizes: Small, Med, Large, XL, XXL [add $2] - In Colors: Black, Dark Chocolate, Warm Grey)
TINKER Soundtrack Artist CDs:
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.
More rewards viewable & larger images ->HERE<-
If you're feeling generous please remember you can request more than one reward if you've Pledged the total amount equal to them.
Risks and challenges
There are always challenges to producing a series, no matter how well funded or experienced you are, however we have a strong team with many years of experience, who know their various crafts quite well. Our diverse cast members are not only actively involved in the world of film and science fiction, but in the worlds of Music, all things Geek and of course, all things Steampunk! TINKER's track is well laid, we just need funding to get this train rolling!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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