Quick Links

•September 23, 2011 • Leave a Comment

And now, all the information you need to follow along with our various adventures – in one handy blog post!

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Aeronaut Productions – the official company website.

See behind-the-scenes clips and wacky hijinks at our YouTube Channel.

Get up-to-the-minute updates via Twitter at @AeronautSF and @Steampunk HBI or like us on Facebook.

Visit the Muzeo website for tickets, hours and exhibit information.

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And as always, feel free to contact us with any questions at info@aeronautproductions.com.

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination Opening October 23rd

•September 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, everyone – our Kickstarter  campaign was successful, and we at Aeronaut Productions have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination. It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, we’ll be headed down to Anaheim!

And now, some details.

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Preview week for the exhibit is October 15 through the 21st. The official media day will be Friday, October, 21st. A public opening event will take place on Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be a ribbon cutting, special guests and some fun themed activities. We’ve heard rumors of some of the local groups coordinating costumed outings to the museum – we would love to see you all in your steampunk finery on opening day!

While you’re there, be sure to check out our sister exhibit in the main building. The Queen’s Gallery is a stunning collection of Victoriana from the private collection of Dr. Howard and Linda Knohl.

Visit the Media Page to view our official press release.

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Admission to MUZEO is $13 for adults, $9 for children 12 and under, ages 3 and under is free. Group tour discounts (for groups of ten or more) and senior discounts are also available. Admission allows visitor access to both Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination located in The Carnegie Building, and The Queen’s Gallery, Victorian Art from the Private Collection of Dr. Howard & Linda Knohl; an exhibit exploring the history, masterpiece paintings, literature and 19th century lifestyle of the Victorian era, located in the Main Exhibition Building.

MUZEO is located in the heart of downtown Anaheim, at 241 S. Anaheim Blvd., just two miles from the Disneyland Resort. Validated parking is available in the parking structures on Center Street Promenade. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets online go to www.muzeo.org, or call 714-956-8936.

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We have been truly touched by the outpouring of support for this project, and we look forward to seeing you at the Muzeo!

Louise

Steampunk:HBI – Alliance Member Profile: The League of S.T.E.A.M.

•July 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

That’s right, those challengers of the supernatural, The League of S.T.E.A.M., are joining us in Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

Mr. Crackitus Pots and his daredevil team have been saving the world from supernatural threat through sheer ingenuity since 1874 … and now they will be helping the exhibit by showing off their exploits in our gallery of neo-Victoriana!

The whole gang is gearing up for a second season…However, they’re looking for help with funds for their second season of their YouTube videos. They too have been working on a Kickstarter project … And as we’re all one big bunch of Steampunk buddies, we thought we would help spread the word. So, take a moment and pledge your support to The League of S.T.E.A.M., and they just might return the favor and keep those horrible invisible monkeys away from The Muzeo, and Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination!

Visit the LEAGUE OF STEAM’S KICKSTARTER PROJECT

Good get ’em guys!

 

Steampunk:HBI – Alliance Member Profile: Scott Cassell

•July 22, 2011 • 2 Comments

Capt. Scott Cassell is a good friend to many of the members of Aeronaut Productions, and has graciously offered to help us with the exhibit!

Why is an oceanographer like Scott interested in helping Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination? Well, as many a Steampunk will tell you, an iconic image of the genre is Captain Nemo, from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea,  battling the giant squid. Capt. Cassell, like Verne (whose nautical novel inspired his pursuits in diving when he was a young man) has a keen interest in these “monsters of the deep”…so much so that he has become the first human to photograph to successfully film the Giant Squid in its natural environment! His love and concern for the world’s oceans has led to the founding of The Undersea Voyager Project, and numerous missions with the intent on raising awareness of the Earth’s seas.  If Verne were alive today, he would probably base his mysterious Captain Nemo off of Scott Cassell.

Here’s a little bit about our friend, Scott:

From Undersea Voyager Project (of which Scott is the president and founder)

Scott Cassell is a commercial diver, and explorer-film maker with over 12,000 hours of dive time. Diving since 1977, Scott is an accomplished cave diver who has spent hundreds of hours deep in the caves of the Yucatan Scott’s film and documentary credits include undersea cameraman for nearly 20 documentaries and host/presenter for several documentaries on several networks including Disney, MTV Wildboyz, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, BBC and the History Channel.

He is a 20+ year veteran of Closed Circuit Rebreather technology and is a USCG Qualified Submersible Pilot/Captain with over 800 dives on the SeaMagine SeaMobile and 400 dives of other hulls. Scott holds the world record for longest distance traveled by a diver (52 miles in 9.5 hours non-stop). He used a diver tow-glider he invented to cover more range for open sea underwater filming. The world record was his way of “testing it” and used the event to raise money for a children’s charity.

Scott taught for years at the College Of Oceaneering and is a former Advanced Diving Medical Technician Instructor (1 of 10 in the USA), Commercial Diving Instructor, Hyperbaric Medical Technician Instructor, and a PADI Instructor. He is one of the few civilians to earn the U.S. Navy Diving Supervisor and Dive Medical Technologist ratings. He worked in Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations where his secret operations involved ‘High Risk’ world regions.

More recently Scott developed a method to attach a camera to a Humboldt squid, which is prey for Giant Squid, and in November of 2006 led an expedition team that made history by being the first to successfully film the Giant Squid in its natural environment. The footage captured showed an estimated 40 foot long Architeuthis dux in predatory behavior.

Scott is currently planning his latest mission…a 30 mile dive! Scheduled for September of 2011, the goal of Scott’s 30 Mile Dive is to to swim unassisted underwater at 20 feet deep for 30 miles non-stop during one continuous SCUBA dive using state of the art equipment. The dive is estimated to last 24 hours during which he will perform several scientific experiments (and have some done on him). Learn more about his dive HERE.

The Undersea Voyager Project is also attempting to raise funds for Scott’s 30 Mile Dive – As of this post’s date, they are just $500 shy of their goal. Please take a moment to visit the 30 Mile Dive Kickstarter Project, and show your support!

Scott has graciously offered to help us with interviews and footage of these mighty creatures in a section of our museum. You’ll be seeing more of him as work on our exhibit progresses! We are honored with his participation. Thanks, Scott!

Captain Cassell meet's Captain Nemo's mighty pet!

“Steampunk HBI” – Prototyping

•July 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

With some of the complicated designs we are planing for the exhibit, it’s only natural that we should make some prototypes of the various displays so we can make the necessary adjustments. This will save us time, and a LOT of money, when we’re ready to begin building.

Now, as Aeronaut Browning likes to say…ON WITH THE SHOW!

Special thanks to The TechShop in San Francisco for training me and letting me use their amazing shop. If you would like to learn how to use a laser cutter, visit one of The TechShop‘s locations and find out how!

NOTE: While filming the laser cutter sequences, I was very careful to have a fellow maker help me watch over the machine so we could film a safe cut.

“Steampunk H.B.I.” – THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS OUT THERE!

•July 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Aeronaut Productions, L.L.C. is proud to announce that we have begun the first official stages in producing Steampunk:History Beyond Imagination!

Check out our announcement video!

To learn more about this exhibit, visit THE INFORMATION PAGE.

To become a Sponsor of this exhibit, visit our KICKSTARTER PAGE.

“Steampunk HBI”: Sponsorship Incentives

•July 14, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We’ve begun accumulating incentive items for our impending Kickstarter campaign. Here is our “thank you” button!