Steampunk gives artist a leg up

ROSA STUDHOLME
Last updated 15:59 25/06/2011
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BRONZE BLING: Damien McNamara and his Exo Legs he created for Steampunk Fashion show.

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An Oamaru man's entry in the Steampunk Fashion Show this month has captured interest from American film-makers.

Damien McNamara, who established the Libratory Steampunk gallery in Oamaru, created a pair of "exo legs", complete with steam and flashing lights, for the event held at the Oamaru Opera House.

Since then, he has been fielding calls about his invention.

The solo father received an email last Thursday from a representative for a production company in Canada wanting to know if he would be interested in letting them use the legs for an upcoming television and web series called Aether Dancer.

"He is currently seeking funding for a pilot episode to take to major TV networks," Mr McNamara said.

"He got back in touch with me, informing me he wants the legs for the pilot episode, and wanted to know if I'd be interested in becoming his conceptual designer for the rest of the series if he gets the green light."

The next day, Mr McNamara received an email from an American production company in Indiana wanting to know if he was interested in designing weapons for a short film they were planning.

"They are planning for the short film to go to Sundance, Cannes, etcetera. What he wants to do is he's had a look over what the story [behind my character] is ... and wants to incorporate his story with my story, and put my story on the big screen."

It was a four-year plan and was still in its planning stage, Mr McNamara said. "These things take a bit of time."

Mr McNamara said he had been "taken by surprise" by the interest.

"I built the legs to enter in the fashion show; I never expected them to have as much attention as what they've had.

"In five days I've gone from this 'solo Dad' artist to being wanted in the US."

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- The Timaru Herald

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