Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleassure I announce yet another Steampunk-themed web series on this blog, and this time it is a very special occasion in deed. For the first time it is not an English-language series, but rather a German one. Also, a significant number of the crew are friends of mine, so I can vouch for the quality of the production and the background material.
As soon as the first video is out, I will of course share it here, in the meantime, this is the official announcement and press release:
We are a community of artists called »Evil Kraken«, with seven active members from various artistic walks of life united by one vision: We want to show steampunk from Germany is alive and kicking!
On the 27th of December 2013 the teaser for »Aetherangelegenheiten« was shot. The primary set and filming location is Essen (Rhine-Ruhr area) but the setting is actually Baden-Baden in the foothills of the Black Forest in 1912. More episodes will follow in 2014. »Aetherangelegenheiten« is of course a German language production but all episodes will receive English subtitles.
»Evil Kraken« are:
- Stefan Holzhauer, webdeveloper, publisher and journalist, Remscheid
- Sylvia Kretschmar, artist, Remscheid
- Jörg-Sven Pispia a.k.a. George P. Schnyder, film maker and screen writer, Tönisforst
- Mathias Heilmann, webworker and actor, Essen
- Stefan Pfannmüller, maker, props, Gelsenkirchen
- Nino Bagus, maker, leatherwork and props, Essen
- Anja Bagus, author, Essen
Inspired by the »World Of Æther«-novels by Anja Bagus we had the idea to visualize those in short movies. The novels are set in a parallel world, where a mysterious substance, the Aether has appeared and is both a blessing and a curse. With it, you can create airships and other advanced technology, but it also spawns monsters.
The »Amt für Aetherangelegenheiten« (i.e. »Aether Affairs Agency« or »Ministry of Aether Affairs«) is an excellent startingpoint for any number of adventures. Wolfmen collide with Prussian civil servants, and »modern« technology and gadgets with uber-correct archiving procedures. In the laboratories of the Agency, the things the intrepid agents recover from their expeditions into the aetherial fog are analyzed with typical German efficiency. Soldiers protect the populace and the Ministry is always listening for reports of strange happenings out there. And since every Kraken has eight tentacles, the final one is the steampunk scene, which we want to get as involved with the project as possible.
Apart from professional actors for the main roles many steampunks will join the cast and crew because there is great demand for employees at the Agency. Everybody can apply for a vacant position in the Ministry. Our goal is to show that steampunk is alive in Germany, that Steampunk does not have to be set in Victorian London and the British Empire. We showcase German steampunks, their wonderful creations and of course we want to provide great entertainment!
The website is growing day by day and we will upload pictures and other material soon. An english version of the site is in the works.