This project's funding goal was not reached on August 31, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 31, 2013.
Update 1: Yes, we will ship international on all tiers, please read the FAQ at the bottom of the page for more details. Also the cost of shipping domestic is included in all Pledges. We just state what shipping you get with your Pledge.
Update 2: Listen to the creator & crew discuss Tinker (Download)
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
We support the http://kickingitforward.org/ movement!
More rewards viewable & larger images ->HERE<-
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.
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
On our previous Kickstarter we did offer international shipping for most of our Rewards, though we did not notice any pledge requests from outside the US from what we assumed was the high shipping cost.
Ironically this time we have been receiving some requests, however Kickstarter won't let us add an international shipping option to Rewards that have already received pledges, so here is what we will do.
Should you want a Reward and live outside the US simply send us a message during, or after the pledge process with your shipping address, and add the cost of shipping to your pledge total. (It is crucial you update your total before the Kickstarter ends.)
International shipping costs:
$5.60 US = $23.00 International
$16.85 US = $77.00 International
Be mindful that the default Reward Pledge totals include US shipping when calculating your additional Pledge total for International.
Why so much? We are using US Priority Mail Flat Rate shipping to save us time during the shipment period. We are on Kickstarter to make a Web Series, not a mail order business. We hope you understand. :)
Once the series is online. Merchandise shipping will be cheaper as we'll have someone else handle that.
‘TINKER’ is the surname of two of the main characters, the father/daughter duo of worldfamous
inventors: Sho and Kimi Tinker. They are Tinkers by name and tinkers by trade.
‘TINKER’ is about the numerous, late nineteenth century exploits of those
well-to-do inventors, Sho and Kimi Tinker and their wealthy benefactor, Lady Cushing.
‘Steampunk’ can be summed-up in two words: Victorian Futurism.
In a few more words: Steampunk is science fiction as authors like Jules Verne and H.G.
Wells would have envisioned the genre through the lens of the 19th century.
Or, in even more words: Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and it is often framed
from the perspective of either alternate history or a future, which emulates the culture, and
scientific achievements of the late 19th century. Steampunk can also be described as the type
of subject matter that authors Jules Verne and H.G. Wells wrote about.
K.W. Jeter, the science fiction author who coined the term Steampunk in April 1987, in a
letter to an editor at Locus Magazine, used the term to describe the retrotechnology/
alternate history-themed stories that he was working on at the time along with
friends, James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers. Here is the content of that letter (as seen on The
Dear Locus: Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I'd appreciate your
being so good as to route it to Faren Miller, as it's a prime piece of evidence in the
great debate as to who in "the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate" was writing
in the "gonzo-historical manner" first. Though of course, I did find her review in the
March Locus to be quite flattering. Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to
be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective for Powers,
Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of that era; like
"steampunks," perhaps.... --K.W. Jeter
Presently, STEAMPUNK PARTNERS in association with HARBINGER MEDIA GROUP and
CONTAINMENT FIELD have engaged a casting director and are approaching agents for
several actors in whom we have interest. Some of these actors have appeared in television
shows and movies with a long history and rabid fan following.
‘What If The Future Came Early?’ – or – ‘Tinker by name, tinker by nature.’
At the time of publication of this FAQ Sheet, the primary cast includes: Johnnie Saiko (costar
of SyFy Channel’s Monster Man) stars as Sho Tinker; Julienne Davis (Mandy in
Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut) stars as secret agent Elmira Perkins; and many
others. There are several other characters played by talented, up-and-coming actors who
give an authentic look and feel to the unique, alternate universe of ‘TINKER.’ At this time,
‘TINKER’ is not completely cast and there are several characters that remain available.
Don’t think for a minute that we wouldn’t like that! TINKER would make an excellent edition
to the SyFy Channel line-up or HBO, Cinemax, Showtime or Starz. Anything is possible; it’s all about whom you know. TINKER is an intellectual property (IP) that is being developed to
have many different iterations, beginning with a Web Series and moving beyond that if
possible. If all goes as planned there will be other branches of the ‘TINKER IP Tree.’ For
now, it’s the Internet first and that’s where our efforts are concentrated.
It is our ultimate goal to have TINKER grow to franchise status, eventually becoming a comic
book, TV series, feature length movie, console video game, online video game, hand-held
video game and several major retail ancillary products, from clothing to jewelry and more.
However, in entertainment, as in life, things don’t always go as planned. The first step is to
make the best Web Series we can with the budget we have raised.
Our ability to create and deliver meaningful characters that the audience will actually care
about and root for is why this franchise will ultimately take off. From the sexy and
provocative Guild Girls, to the mysterious agents, to the nefarious villains all the way to our
personable heroes. The people that populate the world of TINKER are its driving force.
There isn’t anything like TINKER out there (not so far, anyway). Steampunk themed Web
series are just starting to emerge on the Internet, largely due, in part, from successful crowd
funding campaigns. But none of these emerging shows, for better or worse, are anything like
More specifically, there are two things very unique about TINKER, one on-screen and one
off-screen: The most unique aspect of TINKER on-screen is its character development and
how the characters interact with each other through the course of their various story arcs.
They are not ‘usual’ when compared to the standard television series character. The offscreen
uniqueness of TINKER is that is has been created and developed by people who are
not part of the ‘studio system’ and therefore are not hindered by the rules of “Hollywood”
or trying to make a homogenized show trying to appeal to everyone. TINKER is made by
people trying to make a show that they, themselves would watch.
STEAMPUNK PARTNERS will distribute the show initially on the Web. The episodes will be
available on both the TINKER Web site: www.TinkerSteampunkSeries.com as well as
on Vimeo at: Vimeo.com/TinkerWebSeries. There are other possible resources for
distribution that are being negotiated, some of which are connected to corporate sponsors.
Regardless of the different outlets that will eventually carry the episodes, the individual, first run
programs will always be free to view on the Web site. Collections of episodes or
seasons will be available on Blu-Ray for purchase at a later date.
What is next for TINKER? The pilot is ‘next’ because it hasn't been completed and released
yet. After that, in order of hope and expectation, are: the first season; then hopefully, with a
large enough audience, a transition to a cable series and comic book (simultaneously); then
a feature film will follow; and ultimately a console video game.
We are an independant production, keeping true to our vision without a big studios backing, and far from wealthy (we are artists). To create a quality series it takes a lot of money to ensure everyone is paid their worth. Let's not forget that an Oscar winning visual effects company recently filed for bankruptcy. That should be a good indication that those in the industry are not wealthy, but work for passion like any other artist.
The creative team is our current core team that has been developing the series up to this point. We'll be hiring a full crew at the completion of this Kickstarter.
Our previous Kickstarter was not only for the Pilot as this one currently is. We've also given the Pilot an overhaul and made cuts to work with a lower budget keeping in mind the results of the previous Kickstarter.
While there are of course many Chinese people in Hong Kong and San Francisco, the Tinkers themselves & the actors who play them are half Japanese, so their inventions will be a fusion with Japanese aesthetic, and this of course will also bring other Japanese elements into the story.
Fear not, there will be diversity in peoples, weapons, and of course objects only possible in a steampunk world.
- (36 days)