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Aether Dancer Steampunk show
Now in crowdfunding over at IndieGoGo is Aether Dancer Steampunk.  This will be the pilot for a TV show set on an airship, the Aether Dancer, after a historic Earth gets pelted with asteroids.  Also check out the very talented actresses they have lined up. There is a brief trailer on the main site.

Do you want to see this?  I want to see this!  This sounds like TV that is not crap.  WANT.  Donate if you can.  Boost signal if you're broke.

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jadedeath From: jadedeath Date: July 21st, 2011 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks for the Boosted signal!

Best,
Steven Lambert
Jade Lens Productions
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 21st, 2011 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Claudia Christiansen! Awesome. ^_^

Amanda Joy Lim looks adorabubble too. I find it interesting that this now has three apparent female main characters and one male, who I hope strongly will not follow Gaius's path from Battlestar Galactica.

I doubt Claudia Christiansen would accept a Charlie's Angels sitcom, though, which would be my worry.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 21st, 2011 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I was pleased to see good acting skill and what looks like a strong character set. Bonus points for a mixed-race cast too.
jadedeath From: jadedeath Date: July 21st, 2011 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, the male character is the creator of the clockwork character that is being played by Amanda Joy Lim, he's going to be an interesting character and nothing like Gaius Baltar I assure you.

The series itself with have a few more main characters {I believe 7 in all} some more of which will be announced in the next few days.

But don't just take my word for it because I'm the producer. *LOL* I jest, but there's only so much that my co-producers and writer will let me tell about the series before we start filming, I'd rather keep as much of it hush hush as I can but funding is limited with a top secret 'just trust us' type thing going on.

Best,
Steve
tuftears From: tuftears Date: July 21st, 2011 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Good to know! Thanks for the heads-up. ^_^
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 21st, 2011 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

>>Actually, the male character is the creator of the clockwork character that is being played by Amanda Joy Lim, he's going to be an interesting character and nothing like Gaius Baltar I assure you. <<

This sounds promising.

>>The series itself with have a few more main characters {I believe 7 in all} some more of which will be announced in the next few days.<<

I look forward to discovering more. Actually, if you parcel out details like this over time, that should help keep people coming back to your website and maybe encourage them to donate more as well.

>>But don't just take my word for it because I'm the producer. *LOL* I jest, but there's only so much that my co-producers and writer will let me tell about the series before we start filming, I'd rather keep as much of it hush hush as I can but funding is limited with a top secret 'just trust us' type thing going on. <<

*laugh* I had no idea that applied to movie producers. We were just talking, over in crowdfunding, about how a crowdfunded project is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get. So far you've told us it's chocolate (a steampunk adventure). We know an underlying theme is survival (Earth smacked by asteroids). If you introduce each new character with one hook to the theme or another character, that will start letting the audience put things together ...

... without giving away any of the plot.
jadedeath From: jadedeath Date: July 21st, 2011 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

That's totally it though, there's SO much more to the plot... I haven't even gotten into the government{s} that pop up after the destruction.

I'm taking a great deal of inspiration from Babylon 5 as well, I have a 3 year story arch in mind, the entire first season is practically plotted out already.

The plan right now is to parcel out details as the actors are named to the series, telling a bit more about their characters and where they're from {some of the tidbits are in the sections describing the actors}

And if you check out the makeup test for Amanda in the blog, you see just a taste of what she will look like as that Clockwork creation.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 21st, 2011 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

>>That's totally it though, there's SO much more to the plot... I haven't even gotten into the government{s} that pop up after the destruction. <<

Do we get weird governments? I'd like something beyond the usual batch of monarchy, democracy, tyranny. There are dozens if not hundreds of possibilities.

>>I'm taking a great deal of inspiration from Babylon 5 as well, I have a 3 year story arch in mind, the entire first season is practically plotted out already.<<

YAY! *happydance* It's great when a show has some kind of progression, not just jogging in place. Because then you can go places, characters grow and change, events can have lasting impact.

>>The plan right now is to parcel out details as the actors are named to the series, telling a bit more about their characters and where they're from {some of the tidbits are in the sections describing the actors} <<

I shall have to keep an eye on this.

>>And if you check out the makeup test for Amanda in the blog, you see just a taste of what she will look like as that Clockwork creation.<<

Ooo ... that is cool, and a little creepy, and it has just the hint of proprietary style. I can see where it hooks into steampunk as a genre, but I think you've also got the beginnings of a style that will be unique to the show. Airship has it too. Can't quite pin it down with just the two samples, rrr, need more input. I'll watch for more images to appear.

By the way, thanks for the pointer. I hadn't noticed the blog on my first sweep of your website.

And then I found the interview: "Rocks fall from the sky. All of global society falls with it." *laaaauuuugh* You started a story with "Rocks fall, not everybody dies." Yeah, that's going to make for a fascinating ride.

You realize you're affecting me like caffeine for Hammy the Squirrel. This project is addictive.
jadedeath From: jadedeath Date: July 21st, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

There are a few governments in there that might not be the status quo even if that's the way they're presented, does that answer your question?

To be honest, I've always hated the 'at the beginning of the episode things will be the exact same as at the end of the previous episode' rubbish, like Star Trek the Next Generation, what REALLY changed? the only notable thing that jumps out is that Dr. Crusher became a Bridge officer, that's it... in 7 years... oh and Worf got a promotion.

More images will be appearing soon, very soon in fact.

Also, as for how addictive this project is, I've been working on it for 3 years with the writer and a few other people... I didn't want to attempt to release it unless we had all the ducks in a row, and a complete series bible read because while some things won't come up in the series, I want to make sure that behind the scenes we don't end up with really bad errors that affect our viewers enjoyment...

Like the latest iteration of BSG... things that make you go 'what the f*ck?" are all over that series and the finale really couldn't have answered everything to everyone's satisfaction.

That's something I desperately wanted to avoid.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 22nd, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ooo...

>>There are a few governments in there that might not be the status quo even if that's the way they're presented, does that answer your question? <<

Close enough. I'm likely to be enertained if the social structure is bent into some peculiar configuration, however it got there.

>>To be honest, I've always hated the 'at the beginning of the episode things will be the exact same as at the end of the previous episode' rubbish, like Star Trek the Next Generation, what REALLY changed? the only notable thing that jumps out is that Dr. Crusher became a Bridge officer, that's it... in 7 years... oh and Worf got a promotion. <<

Well, Worf did also manage to knock someone up, but in general, I agree that Star Trek tends to run static-loop series. I like series with arc progression better.

>>More images will be appearing soon, very soon in fact. <<

*happydance*

>>Also, as for how addictive this project is, I've been working on it for 3 years with the writer and a few other people... <<

You know, just that fact makes it promising. If it's held your interest that long, as a team, that means it's likely to hold audience attention too. There's a shared world project I'm involved with, Torn World, where we spent well over a year on the back end before we opened the project to the public and new contributors. That kind of groundwork really makes a difference...

>>I didn't want to attempt to release it unless we had all the ducks in a row, and a complete series bible read because while some things won't come up in the series, I want to make sure that behind the scenes we don't end up with really bad errors that affect our viewers enjoyment... <<

... especially when you spell it out in a reference that everyone can use, and update that with new discoveries as you go along. Not only do you avoid mistakes, but the stuff you don't mention will still subtly influence what happens. It's one of those things that makes it look like a whole world is out there, even though you can only show a subset of it.

>>Like the latest iteration of BSG... things that make you go 'what the f*ck?" are all over that series and the finale really couldn't have answered everything to everyone's satisfaction. <<

*wince* Yeah. I loved the original, corny as it was. I wanted to like the remake. I ... couldn't get past the trailers. They murdered the tone that made the whole concept appealing in the first place, and it just obviously didn't hang together even from a couple minutes' sample.

>>That's something I desperately wanted to avoid.<<

So far, so good.

I'm sufficiently hopeful that I scraped up a donation. It's my way of saying, I want TV that doesn't suck, and this looks like that. I want to make it happen. Even if it doesn't come together, at least it's a vote for intelligent content and people who actually bother to do their homework. It's a chance to tell the entertainment industry, "Watch my dollars going to the pitch with the innovative idea, strong female characters, and cohesive foundation."
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