Tuesday, June 16, 2009

As some of you already know, I'm embarking on an interesting hobby.

I might be crazy, but still. I have to do something creative to feed that effusive muse that I've tried locking away for the last two years, and Teresa gave me a mandate: Whatever I start, I have to follow it through to the end.

That being said, I'm a huge fan of Jules Verne, who is about as Steampunk as you can get. I've written three treatments and have started the scripts for making them into short films. The trouble is, as I've been brainstorming with friends and designing props, vehicles and costumes, they have all sort of evolved into one longer film made up of a prologue followed by the three interrelated chapters.

So, the entire thing will be wrapped in a title called Adventures in Science. The prologue sets the era and the characters that will act out their destinies in the following episodes. The Descent tells the tale of an intrepid inventor and his manservant as they search for a fabled treasure in the Atlantic Ocean. Huzzah, the Moon is the story of the same pair of adventurers, who, well, go to the moon. The manservant proves treacherous and his jealousy spells doom for those left back on Earth. And finally, The Sky Pirates Revenge is about a wealthy industrial tycoon and his right hand man engaged in an aerial dirigible battle against one another over the mountains of Kentucky.

I'll be doing the first two as practicals with only a little bit of computer animation and the third story will be almost entirely digital- only the actors will be real. It's going to be an interesting experience, that's for sure.

I'll be posting updates, designs and pictures as they come in.

Cross posted from Infidelicacy

Monday, June 1, 2009

Welcome to Adventures in Science

This is a blog about the film I am working on.

Decidedly Steampunk, it's an homage to one of my favorite authors, Jules Verne. My wife told me that if I started it, I would have to finish it.

Despite it's low budget, it's going to have high production value and hopefully a clever combination of practical miniature, full sized sets, and a lot of computer graphics. I have been in the visual effects business for almost eighteen years and hopefully some of that will rub off in this film.

It's going to be a silent picture. That is, there will be a soundtrack and sound effects, but the dialogue will be displayed on cards. It will also be a sepia toned picture.

This is a diary of sorts, to showcase the work that will go into it. I hope you enjoy.