One of the many facets of Fantasy and Science fiction is a somewhat newcomer called Steampunk. It originated as a full blown subset of speculative fiction in the late 1970s, although its origins can be traced back to the likes of Jules Vern. Even though many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the 1960s and 1970s, the term Steampunk originated in the late 1980s as a tongue in cheek variant of cyberpunk. Several works of fiction significant to the development of the genre were produced before that time including Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake, published in 1959, which anticipated many of the tropes of today’s Steampunk adventures.
The genre is actually a type of historical fiction where technology that did not really exist in a given time period is produced through ingenious devices. Incorporating elements of science fiction and fantasy Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is widely used as the motive force.
Most often this plot device is used in an alternate history of the the Victorian era, set in the Wild West or employed in a post-apocalyptic time. For example clever though cumbersome computers of the post-Civil War years powered by steam rather than electricity are built with materials and the technology that really did exist in that time period. The stories, most often populated with authentic historical individuals, are filled with unique gadgetry, adventure and horror.
Enter Christian Schwier and Jeff Zampino. The two believe they have the inside track to bring a Steampunk tale to the big screen and a way to finance their pet project.The pair have mounted a donation program to help finance the movie, The Skyship Chronicles, with the help of a generous public.
What chance then does a small independent production company have when it tackles the likes of Steampunk? Let’s have Chris and Jeff fill you in.
The short is a spoof of the movies concept to shop around to private investors. Chris and Jeff are planning to have a screenings of The Skyship Chronicles with other filmmakers at multiple film festivals prior to public release. Their current plan is to have filming wrapped by November.
And if you’ve got deep pockets you can opt-in to become part of The Skyship Chronicles production company.