Backing Steam: The League of S.T.E.A.M. goes into Season 3! Created by mgcolbaugh on 9/9/2013 10:14:09 PM
Correspondent Gabriel Colbaugh takes over Backing Steam for a spotlight on The League of S.T.E.A.M.
The League of STEAM is a group that needs little introduction to many in Steampunk. For people who are newer to the community, they might not yet know who these pioneers of the culture are. Actors, craftsmen, and all around amazing people, the League burst onto the Steampunk scene with their award winning web series. They have since become convention mainstays, podcasters and a group who is more than willing to give to the community.
Now they are asking for some help back. They have launched a Kickstarter for the 3rd season of their web series. Steampunk Chronicle wanted to give them a chance to introduce themselves to those who might not yet know them.
Please introduce yourself to those who might not know who you are:
Nick Baumann: I am Nick Baumann, I play Crackitus Potts, the non-lethal weapons expert, ghost hunter, co-founder of the League and crack pot inventor. I have been involved in the entertainment industry for over a decade and specialize in specialty costuming and prop design and fabrication.
Robin Blackburn: I'm Robin Blackburn, one of the management team of the League of S.T.E.A.M. and I also play Lady Ameliorette Potts. I'm also one of the original founders of the League.
Andrew Fogel: I'm Andrew Fogel. In the world of the League of S.T.E.A.M. I play Baron von Fogel, the zombie hunter. Behind the scenes, I'm one of the directors of The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M. web series. My professional background is in filmmaking, so I also work on writing, cinematography, editing, and post-production for the web series.
Sheyne Fleischer: I am Sheyne, and I play Ellie Copperbottom! You might remember me from "Bitter Gnomes and Gardens," which is basically one giant nod to Doctor Who's “Blink” episode... but with Gnomes!
What project are you looking to get backed?
Nick Baumann: Season 3 of our Steampunk comedy adventure web series, The Adventures of The League of S.T.E.A.M!
Robin Blackburn: Our Kickstarter campaign is for our Season 3 web series. We've had great success with our first two seasons and we're ready to create and produce the third season! We've been tossing episode ideas around for months and we even have some ideas which have been with us since season 2 but just didn't have enough funds to produce the bigger budget episodes. We also have some surprise stretch goals which will be revealed as we get closer to our goal!
Where would the money go to if you are funded?
Andrew Fogel: Last season we were able to deliver a high-quality 9-episode season on a very limited budget. Our last Kickstarter project provided funding at around $1,000 per episode which enabled us to create some amazing creatures and props, purchase some basic tools and equipment, and provide meals for our volunteer cast and crew. However, we were still limited to creating stories based on what resources (locations, costumes, equipment) we knew we already had available. This season, we'd love to have a little more creative freedom to tell bigger and better stories - and in many cases, that will require a slightly higher budget. The majority of our expenses will still go towards covering our basic production expenses like insurance, meals, and hopefully some upgraded audio gear - but our projected budget would also allow us to afford some fantastic locations, creatures, and props, which we know our audience will love!
Sheyne Fleischer: Aside from the very boring but incredibly important budget sucker [known as] Production Insurance, last season we discovered we did not have nearly enough put aside for locations. The only reason we got such a variety of nice locations for season two was because of friends, luck, and having a spotter to keep an eye out for the authorities! It would be splendid to not have to worry if we were going to get shut down because a park ranger spotted us. We also want to keep bringing you professional level props, costumes, monsters & gadgets.
What can fans expect for backing your project?
Nick Baumann: We want to bring you the next installment of nine exciting new web series adventures by The League of S.T.E.A.M. This season will introduce new characters, special guest stars, amazing locations, cool monsters and fantastical Steampunk gadgets. We plan on expanding our resources and increasing our production quality to bring you an exciting new experience. In addition to the production of the series, we have some awesome rewards for backers! A bunch of artist friends from the Steampunk Community have donated to help us out! Artist like Brian Kesinger, and Claire Hummel and crafters like Black Hand Mercantile and Dr. Brassy Steamington as well as authors like Gail Carriger! We've got signed books from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, memberships to The Artifice Club and an exclusive 'Steampunk Essentials Album' featuring music from Abney Park, Steam Powered Giraffe, Professor Elemental, Unwoman, Veronique Chevalier, Strange Artifact, The Gin Rebellion, The Dread Crew of Oddwood, The Cog is Dead, Frenchy and the Punk, and The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. And of course we always have League of S.T.E.A.M. buttons, pins, DVD's and t-shirts!
Sheyne Fleischer: Nine more fun filled, wacky episodes of the Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M. which will air on our website & YouTube. Working gadgets & props that are made in a way that can be enjoyed in person as well as in our web series. We want to bring in more Geekie celebrities, shoot at different awesome locations, and feed our crew every single day!
Is there anything else you would like to say to current or potential backers?
Robin Blackburn: I'd like to say thank you! We're all lucky to be part of a new paradigm in video entertainment; the public gets to choose what entertains. For those of us without the means to hit the big leagues (yet), we have the fans to encourage us with our passion project, always giving us the opportunity to grow in our craft. Without the fans, and the gifts of support, we wouldn't be able to do what we do, do what we love. Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, we are truly grateful you give us the opportunity to entertain you.
Andrew Fogel: We've come a long way since we started the Adventures web series. Our first episode took 5 hours to film with 5 people, shooting guerrilla-style with some costumes we already had and the special effects magic of fishing line. The finale of our second season took 4 days to film with 90 cast and crew, with 3 locations, over 40 original costumes, and a ton of elaborate special effects. And it shows - all of that adds an unprecedented level of production quality, great visuals, and thrilling action. We wouldn't have been able to pull that off without the generous support of our Season 2 Kickstarter backers. I know that with your help, our Season 3 Kickstarter campaign can be a success, and we'll be able to rise to new heights, bringing you even bigger and better adventures. Thank you all for your support!
You can support the League of STEAM at their kickstarter found here.
M. Gabriel Colbaugh spends most of his time serving as a technical writer for a waste-water treatment firm but otherwise spends time writing about steampunk and enjoying fine haberdashery. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and two furry children, River and Isabela. He also serves as one of the brand managers for the Las Vegas Steampunk Tea Society.