Confront the Past, Change the Future: that’s the tag line of an in-development independent sci fi web series, The Tempest. Created by three Phoenix Suns employees, all sci fi fans, The Tempest is currently in production, and its release is not yet determined. But the group has released a teaser, shown below, and is looking for both fan support and potential distributors.
In a universe where former bounty hunters, dubbed Drifters, enforce a newly imposed system of government, a Drifter thought to have relinquished her role makes an unexpected return.
Created by Nick Williams, Steve Mitchell and Brad Faye, and written by Williams and Faye, the first episode has been roughed out and the next three are written. “All of us work for the Suns, and we really enjoy what we do, but we’re also kind of geeks, we love sci fi. We get to do all this cool stuff at work, but we want to apply it to something more up our alley,” Williams said. “This started as a short film, like a sci military type thing, but it became bigger and bigger. At one point, we thought, ‘let’s do episodic TV.’ ” While the series is currently planned for 4 44-minute episodes, “there would be no problem to expand,” Williams said.
The Tempest is currently looking for distribution, not sure at this point where or how it will be seen. Nick Williams, one of the series’ creators and a TV producer for the Phoenix Suns, said, “Since I do work in the TV industry, we have people who hopefully can make connections for us. We’ll shoot for the moon to start. We have no expectations of anyone picking it up, but we’ll get it into the best place first. If it ends up on YouTube, and people like it, that’s great too.” The production group is considering a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for production and distribution expenses, because, Williams says, “This is expensive, and we’re doing it out of our own wallets. We’ll put it out there and see how people like us.”
Williams calls it “Battlestar Galactica meets Batman.” The main character, Talos, the former bounty hunter, is played by Deanna Moore. Tommy “Tiny” Lister, who has been in many movies and TV shows, also stars.
The title “is a combination of everything,” Williams said. “The name originally came up because it’s a song title by the British group Pendulum. It sounded electronic, and the name means ‘violent storm,’ ” he added. “It’s a really neat play on words, too, and describes our main character coming out of nowhere, creating a storm in an otherwise calm world. (Shakespeare’s) play too figures in – our screenwriter read the play, and tried to make references throughout. He tried to throw in a couple of nuggets here and there, and we hope the audience will make the connections.”
Here at threeifbyspace, we love the independent producers who have a vision and work to make it a reality. Editor Tom Gardiner has brought you information about one independent production, Nobility, which is currently looking for a distributor. We’ll keep you up to date on any further information about the release of both The Tempest and Nobility.
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