Friday, 20 November 2009

Last chance to appear in 'Steampunk - the movie'

Those who have inadvertently wandered up this cul-de-sac of the aetherweb previously may have seen the posting upon the marvellously exciting prospect of Steampunk - the Movie.

Those of you present on Facebook may be interested to know that the production team have a page which is well worth visiting. As the movie's homepage illustrates, the intial footage is promising, although the page itself is still somewhat lacking in content.

The movie's premise?

imagine a city in the year 1897, but the world is different. Steam-powered airships prowl the skies, Inustrial cities that stretch to the horizon. Brass cufflinks and tophats with clockwork mechanizms that pop out umbrellas when it rains. Handlebar mustaches, party dresses, all the trappings of victorian society enmeshed in a clockwork technocracy.

Now imagine it all came crashing down. The airships stopped flying. The industrial complexes shut down. The lights of the world faded and grew dim, and in the slums it became harder and harder to get by. This is the story of four such people, trapped in a dying city, desperately seeking a way out."
If you would like to be part of this as an extra, (and are near Kentucky!) then Billy Boyd has sent out the call:

Saturday, 21 November 2009
Time: 08:00 - 16:30
Location: 1200 Old Frankfort Pike

This is your last chance to get in on Steampunk! We're looking for extras, ages 16-243 (no older!) who want to be a part of this thing. We need as many extras as we can get, so spread the word! Bring a friend! We'll have some food on hand, and there is a chance for some pretty decent screen time if you hang around for the chase scene! Come dressed in your funkiest steampunk attire (emphasis on Punk more than Steam). If you don't have Steampunk clothing, come in a dress shirt or tanktop, dark dress pants and shoes and we'll try to cover the rest. We can't put you in the film if you wear jeans and tennis shoes. The location is 1200 Old Frankfort Pike.

We start filming our first scene of the day from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, then we will shoot the second scene from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. Sandwiches and water will be served at 1:00 PM. If you have any questions, please reply on the event thread!

If you are unable to make the shoot, but are still interested in being involved, then Billy says:

It's deceptively easy. You simply e-mail me and say "Heya, I want to be involved!" or something like that. We're mostly looking for extras and crewpersons. If you want to help crew, it's important that you have some experience, and any equipment you can bring will be a bonus.If you want to extra, it's great if you have a costume. If not, you can just wear dress shoes and dark slacks and we have whatever you'll need to be in costume!There will be notices from time to time as to when a "public" shoot will occur. These are scenes where we'll be asking for volunteers to be extras. Some parts are still available, and we tend to pull from people who show up to be extras, so if you're interested in taking on a big role, come by to extra-- it's a good way to get exposure if that's what you're after.

So, if you want to be involved, get over to the websites or e-mail Billy!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

20,000 Leagues down...

With many thanks (I think!) to Erasmus, lamentably it looks like the plug has been pulled on Disney's new 20,000 Leagues under the Sea: Captain Nemo movie. With $10m already spent, and locations and sets about to be built, this seems a bizarre move by new Disney chief Rich Ross.

The new movie was originally to be fast-tracked for release in 2010, although this was later revised to 2012. A successful movie was envisaged as the first in a new franchise along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean, exploding across the Disney franchise with new attractions at their themeparks as well as other media and merchandising.

Terminator 4 director McG was on board to direct, with script by Bill Marsilli (with revisions just completed by Michael Chabon), with the movie being a prequel to 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and based upon Jules Verne's disclosure of Nemo's origins in The Mysterious Island.

More information on the movie itself may be found over at the excellent Voyages Extraordinaire and on the demise of the movie here.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Steampunk Matrix

With many thanks to 'yousibtube' for bringing this to the wider world's attention, the genius of the Russian actor's group "Big Difference" (Bolshaya Raznitsa / Большая Разница) has finally come to my attention.

The group specialise in parodies of famour shows and films on Russian television, and Matrix 1905" presents a fine piece of their work, wonderfully crafted, and drawing upon key elements of early cinema to tell the story of a Matrix set in an earlier time. More of their work on Russia's "First Channel" may be found here.

In the meantime, enjoy Matrix 1905!