Wow, this looks like it's going to be fantastic!
An independent film called "The Marionette Unit".
Teaser trailer is here:
The Marionette Unit - Inception Trailer from Fun Size Studios on Vimeo.
Suddenly I am thinking about Billy Idol.. "With a rebel yell, she cried more, more MORE!!" - can't wait to see the finished product.
Here's what they have to say about the film on their website, go check out the concept art and other goodies:
This film is set in an alternate Victorian England, a world where steam-punk technology has developed rapidly and in a world where all creativity, art and individual expression is state-controlled. The Marionette Unit is a theatre show where machine and human have been fused together. A musical machine that resembles a twisted tortured church organ, run with valves, steam and electricity, is connected by a mass of electrical cables to three ballet dancers, who have the wires fused into their bodies. The dancers are controlled by the machine much to the amazement of the Victorian audience.
We follow the story of Smith, an enigmatic character connected to an underground society of artists, hunted by the police. He has come to watch the prize ballet dancer, Georgette try and escape the wired clutches of The Marionette Unit. Will she be able to wrestle free and escape with Smith, or will she succumb to the powerful forces that hold her captive? What follows is a stunning and imaginative display of the human spirit fighting to be set free.
This is an ambitious film with cinematic aspirations. For a while now I've wanted to make a film whose scale - in terms of ideas, design and execution - belies its budget. With this in mind, I set about writing a film that would move away from the typical gritty, urban landscape of British filmmaking and into a world that has always interested me: science-fiction and fantasy. Within this genre, I will be exploring steam-punk. The story will be set in an alternative Victorian England, where steam power is still widely used, but with prominent elements of science fiction.
At the centre is a powerful story of the human spirit breaking free from oppressive forces and in turn we see the expression of self and creativity with no barriers. This film allows me the space to tell an effective story with this theme and allow audiences to connect emotionally to the characters as they would in any drama. Co-written by myself and Paul B. Adams, we feel that the narrative captures these fundamental human desires but places them in an inventive and fantastic setting.
As you can see from the extraordinary concept artwork, there is also a huge emphasis on the look of the film. The film will have a distinctive visual style, with a great attention to detail in all aspects of the look. The visual side coupled with a strong story and nuanced performances will make this film stand out on the festival circuit.