A Steampunk Western

Cowboys & Engines

Here it is. We’ve finished our festival run, so here’s the complete proof-of-concept short.

Cowboys & Engines is a steampunk western short that stars Richard Hatch (Battlestar: Galactica), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Libby Letlow (Masked Rider), newcomer Kaila Katesh and screen legend Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).

The film is an extended pitch piece, aimed at turning the concept into either a film or a series. As such, it isn’t a linear narrative; it’s a selection of scenes from the feature that give the viewer the story arc, and a sense of the world and its characters.

Our goal was to create a world that lives and breathes; an old west framed by a steampunk aesthetic that is at once fantastic and yet completely believable and real. A full feature script and a deck outlining a 13-episode 1-hour adventure series are available.

Set in an alternate 1876, Cowboys & Engines follows Cade Ballard, the former Texan ambassador, as he encounters Guinivere Wheeler, a sexy gunslinger and con artist. Together, they form an uneasy pact to stop Dr. Clay, a would-be conqueror who wants to unleash the destructive power of the Temporal Engine, a machine that threatens to lay waste to the entire city of San Francisco.

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    A small gallery of shots from the finished film. Coming soon!

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