TINKER Steampunk Web Series Pilot
Think: Dr. Who + Blade Runner + Firefly, all rolled together in a Film Noir, Victorian Futurism that would make Verne and Wells proud.
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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 in the late 19th century, TINKER takes place in a smoggy, overpopulated San Francisco where the TINKERS ply their trade to the wealthy and famous. When a wealthy and eccentric noblewoman from British Hong Kong named, Lady Cushing, hires the father/daughter duo, they are instantly thrust into a world of intrigue, lies, danger and excitement 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.
By engaging the services of this world-famous duo, Lady Cushing hopes to build an unprecedented device from a set of incomplete plans created by her father 15 years earlier. The ‘contraption,’ as she calls it, is supposed to provide sustainable energy and is to be demonstrated at what will surely be a triumphant presentation at the 1899 World Exposition in Paris. If successful, this device will provide cheap and abundant power to the general public and likely change the world, but this innovation threatens the status quo and for that there are repercussions.
Word of this device has even caught the attention of renowned inventors and energy pioneers, Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, as well as cutthroat businessman and financier, J.P. Morgan. 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.
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.
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 mid-September 2013 and would go live by the end of Winter.
Who Are These ‘Tinker’ People?
TINKER by name, TINKER by nature…
Eldine Herzhaft, the frustrated wife of an inventor determined to out tinker the Tinker's played by KATARINA LEIGH WATERS
Lord Blackwelder, The Minister of Water & Power Played by AZMYTH KAMINSKI
The Stranger, A time traveler from the future, or a madman? Played by MATTHEW BRENHER
- 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 L. Belokonov, Don Allen, Tempast Wulf
- Episode Directors - JK Realms, Tibor Szakaly & Sean Williams
- Director of Social Media & PR: 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!
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.
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, Wonderland Corsets, and Silver Leaf Costumes.
The Pitch Video
The content of the pitch video does not reflect the final production value and feel that will be TINKER. McCune Design & Mr. Hardberger will become involved in TINKER once it has reached it's funding goal. It is a conceptual pitch 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, to finally begin this ambitious projects world creating.
Narration by Shelley Avellino, and Tommy Mack.
Additional music by www.pacdv.com/sounds
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. As evidence that this is our 3rd attempt at crowdfunding. Times are tough for creatives, and those big names don't come free, no matter how much they love our project.
Our goal of $20,000.00 will cover: Pre-production, Production, Sound, Musical Score, Inicial 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, Blue-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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