I happened across the complete version of Airlords of Airia recently. The last I’d heard, they were campaigning for funds but I never found out if they accomplished their goal. They clearly did because here’s the complete video on YouTube. What a wonder it is! It has a feel of Sky Captain, which as we all know is more of a Dieselpunk film. The cars in the opening scenes have a glint of Art Deco about them. The airships are clearly steampunk and are fantastic creations. From the gorgeous detail work on the nose to the propulsion methods of spiralling propellors.
“Airlord Karak, Admiral of a fleet of airships, discovers a powerful ancient weapon on an expedition. After he conquers the Wodnik 7 naval base, he plots to seize power of the Airia Republic and drag the entire continent into war. Lura the Chief of Police joins forces with a gang of smugglers in order to thwart the power-hungry Admiral’s plans.”
The film is in German but this version has been dubbed in English. Because it’s a short film, there are some large chunks missing that would normally be footage and judging by the narration of what happened along with the montage that went with it, it would have made for some lovely scenes. The film is clearly made on green screen with the backgrounds and sets superimposed after. Despite this, the cast do well to stare as airships fly over head or watch as dragons retro fitted with mini guns shoot down the enemy snub fighters.
Airlords is written and Directed by Dirk Müller and I normally stay away from productions which appear to be vehicles for the director to be a star, but this is very well made. There’s a lot of care and attention gone into the production to make sure that the funding crowd get a worthwhile product for their cash.