Oz's Tin Man Retooled in Awesome Steampunk Prequel

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Oz's Tin Man Retooled in Awesome Steampunk Prequel

A fan-made movie on the Web tells an amazing origin story for the Tin Woodman from the Wizard of Oz. One word: "Steampunk."

Once upon a time, there was a tin woodsman who helped a girl from Kansas (and her little dog, too) find her way home. We all know how this story goes, thanks to Frank Baum's novel, the classic movie we all grew up with, and so many other retellings of this tale. The story we don't know, however, is how the woodsman got stuck in the woods where Dorothy found him. A new indie movie tells the Tin Woodman's origin story. Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man may very well be a case of a fan adaptation surpassing the source material.

The Oz books say the Tin Woodman was a man who was targeted by the Wicked Witch of the East, who cursed his axe in order to prevent him from marrying the girl he loved. The curse caused the axe to strike his body, and each damaged part was replaced by a tin smith until there was nothing left, not even his heart.

The movie takes this story and expands on it, fleshing the story out and making it infinitely more beautiful, tragic, and - at the end - utterly heartbreaking. Try not to tear up at the end, I dare you.

Heartless was made by White Stone Motion Pictures, a group that has a truly impressive collection of short videos on their site. One can only hope someone sees this company's work and gives them enough money for a big-budget movie or a fully-funded TV show that lets them run wild.

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Veruy intresting...original idea at least. Novvel idea!

Pretty neat.

That tin-man suit is awesome.

I like what I watched so far , the scenery, costume, i like. However, just something i found funny, when the ax flew off the handle and struck the woodman's arm, the facial expression and the light gait when he rushed for help said "ah, not again" to me

That was really good!

Damn you Wicked, you'd put some kind of false canon in my head! Damn you to Hades, you fantastic musical you.

OT: Interesting retelling, and Steampunk makes everything better. :)


pretty good, I would like to see more for the other members of the group though.

Damn right Steampunk makes everything better. I use it as an illustration inspiration al the time.

See that was pretty awesome. I feel the old films kinda butchered the dark material, but oh well.

Oh man, it'd love to see a whole film, just a proper version of the books in a steampunk style, they'd pull it off real well.

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Oz's Tin Man Retooled in Awesome Steampunk Prequel

A fan-made movie on the Web tells an amazing origin story for the Tin Woodman from the Wizard of Oz. One word: "Steampunk."

Once upon a time, there was a tin woodsman who helped a girl from Kansas (and her little dog, too) find her way home. We all know how this story goes, thanks to Frank Baum's novel, the classic movie we all grew up with, and so many other retellings of this tale. The story we don't know, however, is how the woodsman got stuck in the woods where Dorothy found him. A new indie movie tells the Tin Woodman's origin story. Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man may very well be a case of a fan adaptation surpassing the source material.

The Oz books say the Tin Woodman was a man who was targeted by the Wicked Witch of the East, who cursed his axe in order to prevent him from marrying the girl he loved. The curse caused the axe to strike his body, and each damaged part was replaced by a tin smith until there was nothing left, not even his heart.

The movie takes this story and expands on it, fleshing the story out and making it infinitely more beautiful, tragic, and - at the end - utterly heartbreaking. Try not to tear up at the end, I dare you.

Heartless was made by White Stone Motion Pictures, a group that has a truly impressive collection of short videos on their site. One can only hope someone sees this company's work and gives them enough money for a big-budget movie or a fully-funded TV show that lets them run wild.

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..........

Wow....

That was really good

I almost cried. I miss love...

That blew me away. I have not seen anything that well done in such a simple form in a long time. Why do we continue to have an honestly slow and getting to be kind of lame story like A Good Knights Tale when we could get these guys to do some stuff?

Never been a big Oz fan, and typically I hate amateur fanvids, but I have to admit that was pretty good. With a proper budget the tale could be fleshed out, but I don't think there's enough to it to ever do an actual movie, but three such tales, one for each of Dorthy's Oz companions, could do for a Kill-Bill'esque compilation-prequel.

As a big fan of the Tin Man (I'm heartless myself) I think this was a wonderful adaption.

That.. was wonderful
=')

I like!

The tin man was my favorite character, anyways. Unless you count some of the later Oz books, they had some pretty cool stuff too.

Not a fan of generic heart = love symbolism, because it's retarded... But tin-man is like a magical/steam-punk cyborg who goes beyond. As a transhumanist, I approve fully.

I like it.

That was really cool, thanks for sharing.

Damn... That was awesome... When I saw how long it was going to be I didn't think I'd end up watching it all but I did and am pretty glad. Thanks a bunch.

Wow, that was amazing.

Great job. Good acting, good cinematography, good music, and a fantastic retelling a simple beautiful story. Two thumbs up.

Interesting tidbit: The Wizard of Oz was actually a Populist allegory of the woes of the workers and farmers of the late 19th century under the oppressive heel of the corporations, banks, and the federal government.

The Wicked Witch of the West was the cruel robber barons of the East.
The Silver Shoes were the Silver Standard, which would have helped farmers financially.
The Wizard of Oz was the ineffective and false federal government.
The Scarecrow was the farmer who was unable to deal with the banks and railroads.
The Cowardly Lion was Populist congressman William Jennings Bryan, unable to stand up to the oppressors.

And the Tin Man was the industrial factory worker stripped of autonomy and made into a machine himself.

I'm all for a steampunk remake that tries to convey those themes more clearly. That would be awesome, to say the least.

...........*jaw drops* Hear that sound, that's the sound of me crapping my pants in awe.

Simply amazing.

No matter what the charlatan of Oz would say, The Tin Woodsman would forever lament that he had no heart left to love...

The Oz mythos is one we should explore more of, I think, for there is much opportunity. A wonderful story, well told, with many characters yet unexplored. We have the story of the witches, we have the story of Dorothy, we have the story of the Tin Man...there is much yet we could still gladly hear of.

Really good. Definitely pulls at your heart-strings, pun intended.

I did expect a darker ending, though. One where the girl protests and gets in the way of the tree in an effort to stop him. He'd hesitate, then keep chopping at the tree. Pretty gruesome, right?
Then again, the ending wouldn't have been nearly as sentimental.

That was a great video! It always amazes me at the amount of detail that is put into these fan fiction movies. Bravo good sir (or maam), bravo.

Incredibal.

Simply Incredibal.

That was truly superb! Great credits music, as well.

Also, dude was a hottie!

wonderful! It's better than the original movie and possibly the best short movie I have ever seen.

That was BRILLIANT.

Yes I got a tear at the end....with him. All alone. Singing.

That.....that got me

=(

Superb

The annoying part of me wonders why he didn't get another axe....

I think I'm going to send this to a few friends of mine that will appreciate it.

Wow, that was amazing and sad.

Excuse me, while I stop crying...

This was magnificent. And I do not think there is any other word to describe it. Possibly the most perfect rendition of a character from Oz.

Is it me, or has anyone else noticed that the Internet is succeeding where Hollywood is failing?

Jbird:
Excuse me, while I stop crying...

This was magnificent. And I do not think there is any other word to describe it. Possibly the most perfect rendition of a character from Oz.

Is it me, or has anyone else noticed that the Internet is succeeding where Hollywood is failing?

Yeah, the stuff is generally funnier, cleverer, deeper, and just more high-quality on the internet. I guess that's just the benefit of people getting together to do something they care about, without their clear vision being hampered by demographic demand, financial anxieties, tight schedules, and suits breathing down their neck.

Jbird:
Excuse me, while I stop crying...

Sums it up, I think.

That ending, where he hums the tune....and his voice cracks.

Makes me well up every time :'(

Beautiful

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