The Crossroads of the Aether
Hey Guys! First up I'd recommend watching it full screen.
Secondly my name's Jeremy, and I'm new to The Steampunk Empire.
We have recently completed a 30 minute Steampunk Action Adventure film called 'Aurora'
It can be seen completely free at www.aurorathefilm.com or at www.youtube.com/aurorathefilm
It was shot in and around the Adelaide area in South Australia on a budget of $1800.
Using 9 locations, with over 80 costumed extras and 375 VFX shots it has been a fun and tiring undertaking in indie film making.
Now we have released the film online we want to get it out to the entire steampunk community. Your enthusiasm, creativity and ideas have been a great help to us as film makers over the last couple of years while we wrote and made this movie.
"After his wife Alina (Nikki Gaertner-Eaton) is kidnapped by a group of slave traders and put up for sale to the highest bidder, Emerson Marks (Peter Rossi), captain of the airship ‘Aurora’ flies out in search of her. With his crew’s opinions divided and the ruthless slave trader LeMaher (Mark Aitchison) in his way, Emerson must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice in order to bring back the one he loves."
If you have any questions, thoughts or feelings then feel free to post them in this thread or send them to me via my email at email@example.com
Really hope you like it guys!
Glad you liked it guys!
We'd certainly like to see more of the crew too.
Hopefully with enough public interest and support this wont be the last we see of Captain Emerson Marks and his crew.
This is a very small chapter in a much wider and exciting world
Hey guys, if anyone was interested in how some of the effects were achieved here's a short behind the scenes clip on how we created some of the larger landscape shots. We had been doing VFX for quite a while at this point and the video was kind of sprung on us so I'm a little more unkempt than usual. Enjoy!
For anyone out there who loves an airship we have this behind the scenes clip on how we constructed the airship 'Aurora' for our film... also called Aurora.
If you like what you've seen then spread the word and tell your friends. We hope to share this with as many folk who'll enjoy it as we can!
Wow that was brilliant! I thumbed it up and added to favorites (I believe that helps rank up youtube videos).
Also how did you talk Steve Jobs into playing the bad guy?
Jahred thank you for such a wonderful response!
You are precisely the kind of person we want to reach with this film, we really couldn't ask for anything more than to spark people's enthusiasm and imagination.
In terms of the characters and the world of 'Aurora' what you saw is an incredibly small and edited down snippet of a much larger world, full of mighty nations and lawless frontiers where Captain Emerson Marks and his crew have a very integral part to play. All of whom have very interesting back stories and dramatic character arcs to fulfill.
We'd all love to see this become a series one day so we can give the characters and the world the time and attention to detail it deserves. If the film continues to spread perhaps one day we'll have the chance to show people the grand cities, sky bases and airship battles we've only been able to write about.
Chris Kellett (the director) and I recently did an interview about Aurora for the blog 'The Process Diary' run by Paul Caggegi.
Its our first interview specifically for Aurora and we had a great time doing it.
If you liked the film and want to hear us talk for AGES then check it out (be warned it is a seriously long interview)
And if you're not in the mood for listening you could just watch the film again! It would take less time.
I'll be totally happy to photoshop up a flyer for you! Thank you so much for offering.
In terms of money we're not racing into funding another Aurora project just yet. We're currently just promoting it around as best we can and gauging the response from the people who see it. Encouraging folk to give their thoughts and feelings as much as possible.
We do have a festival fund we've put together to send the film out to various film festivals and conventions around the world (though we haven't started yet) and if you're keen to contribute instead of just donating money you can buy a DVD or a copy of the soundtrack which we'll gladly post your way. From memory I believe they're $10aus each. I'll double check on that and get working on a flyer :D