ChattaCon and then some
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We are proud to say that despite the silence? We are hard at work. Unfortunately, no one has killed one another yet, making the set a relatively fun and creative environment instead of a much more entertaining Battle Royale of gossip, intrigue, and murder.

On that note, updates!

We recently stopped by ChattaCon for some film promotions, and to connect with our DigiTribe neighbors in ATL. We had a bit of a schedule mix-up, which resulted in the gang posting panel posters whilst in a beer-induced state. Well, all but Hunter. He was the designated… whatever the designated version of that would be.

Lisa, then, promptly turned into a zombie and ate Dave's brains.

 

This, however, did not hinder our panel. Arthur emerged in full Professor M regalia, and Hunter spoke at length with some excellent cabin footage in tow. We later met up with Emilie Bush from Steampunk Chronicle for an interview on the state of the film, and whatever else manifested in our frontal lobes at that moment. We were all crammed on one couch, and now Hunter is pregnant, we just don’t know by whom.

Our guess is Arthur.

Before such a weekend, we squared our heroes off against a larger than life foe. Re-entering a familiar studio space was excellent. The intricacies of a fight sequence can be demanding, but the pay-off is getting to see the fight scene unfold, the likes of which a lot of us on EoD fell in love with when we were little and in awe of how Indiana Jones was going to get out of his latest mess.

This would not be the way.

And even before that, we converted our friend Chuck‘s studio apartment into the Professor’s lab. There is location shooting, and then there is set building. Since we are working out-of-pocket for this film, we were delightfully surprised to find that building the set saved us more money than if we had shot on location at Sloss Furnaces. If you have the means, if you have the tools, and if you have the space? Build the set. This has worked for us time and time again.

We do still plan on shooting within the rusty bowls of the furnace, but more on that later.

More to come down the road!

 

What We’ve Been Up To…
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An independent film-maker’s work is never done. No, really, it’s never done, because pre-production eventually bleeds into shooting, and once shooting wraps, there’s all kinds of editing and more layers within that than Inception would know what to do with.

But EoD has been going through a lot.

The first cabin sequence has been shot out.

It may look like a sunny day turned wrong, but it is in fact way past everyone's bedtime as we shoot night for day in this first sequence.

Followed by the second, shot within the confines of Hunter’s basement.

Editing and post-production on the first sequence has only a little fine-tuning left before we have our hand at Kickstarter, which if you haven’t gathered from previous posts could be, in a word, nightmarish.

But also full of beer nuts, so not so bad.

The most recent shoot had the team back in Phil’s basement, tackling the office scene.

 

At the end of the day we all agree that Thai‘s new look could not get better than this:

Too. True.

More updates coming!

Something New!
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Steampunk. Steam, and Punk. Perhaps…scheme, and funk. Schemefunk! There! Now I created a new subject for what will amount to be another black hole for Hunter Cressall’s time! Your welcome, Hunter!

Hat Arrives as Fortune Cookie
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Yep, I got in last night only to find that UPS had delivered The Commodore’s top hat using a steam roller. The result was amusing if unwearable. I’m hoping we can find some use for the thing as neither the company which shipped it nor UPS wants this one back.

 

It looks like an over-sized fortune cookie…

First Cast Photo of Engines Of Destiny
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The cast of Engines Of Destiny

Our crew aboard the Chimera.

From the left, Rachel Marshall (Lady Victoria), Brian Pace (TR), David Woods (The Commodore) and Arthur Hinds (Professor Deter Metz).

 

Photo and comp work lovingly provided by Chuck St John, photographer and adventurer.

 

We’ll be updating the cast photos and wardrobe tests as they emerge. We are VERY close to shooting this beast.

The Painful Birth Process
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So I wanted a WordPress Blog about our film.

Little did I know “Easy to set up” and “Simple, intuitive interface” meant “basically you’ll need to learn a new web markup language with a strict, limited and unforgiving interface”. You can hear the joy in my voice.
SO this is the first awkward version of the Engines Of Destiny Blog and website. I promise reading will be easier than creating. I don’t want any more bodies on my hand than absolutely necessary.