Steampunk & The Guild! - The Guild Behind-The-Scenes S5 Ep 11

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FELICIA DAY: The whole time I was shooting this season, I
was like why didn't I give Codex the steampunk storyline?
Because I'm seeing these costumes, and I was like, I
want to wear that.

I knew I had to have a whole storyline for
the steampunk milieu.
And I really just thought, hey, it would be really funny
to see Clara get a moment to sort of shine in a way.
ROBIN THORSEN: When I read the script, I was stoked, because
we went to Gen Con.
They had rows and booths filled with
this steampunk thing.
And I hadn't really never heard of it that much.
So I was stoked.
I wanted those goggles.
I wanted everything.
I was like I want that, that, that, that and that.
I think maybe Felicia saw how excited I was about this whole
new steampunk life.
Maybe that's why she wrote the whole steampunk thing for me.
DONNA RICCI: Season five of The Guild kind of had these
great characters that Clara stumbled upon.
And they were just the epitome of Victorian finery.
But they were snobs.
They were utter snobs, and they were just full of
And they knew they were the best.
DOUG JONES: Reading the script and reading how she formed
these three characters, I just laughed my ass off.
I think we think that we're sort of the cool kids of the
con circuit.
The looks are so cool, so shaped, and so beautiful that
it does make people take notice, and so they do become
the cool kids.
We're just pushing it to the edge.
We even affect British accents or as close as we can.
I'm not saying that I got there.
GREG ARONOWITZ: I love working with Sean Becker.
He thought it'd be fun if they were elevated.
It was just kind of a metaphor.
They felt they were above us all.
And so we built this platform.
And then I thought it would be funny if the platform had all
these working gears and cogs.
DONNA RICCI: It took it to the extreme and
turned it on its side.
And that's what made it funny.
And not everyone gets that it was supposed to
be so over the top.
But it was.
And they were just so fun to watch.
FELICIA DAY: They just took my lines and just took it to an
out-there place that I don't know.
To me, that's the funniest part of the script.
That's the thing that I look forward to most sharing with
the audience.
And I'm not making fun of steampunk.
I'm just having fun with it, just like I do gamers with The
Guild themselves.
ROBIN THORSEN: It was really, really awesome to see the
whole set, that little steampunk section booth thing.
That was a good sentence.
First of all, all booths at conventions look like that.
Can you imagine just all those clock pieces and what does
Clara say, the wind-y bits, and all that fun stuff.
The shiny parts.
GREG ARONOWITZ: Everybody loves the steampunk booth, but
that's just because it's human nature to love those shiny,
coppery, bangley goggles.
It's all about the goggles.
And that's pretty much where we started.
And it's always funny working with Felicia.
Yeah, we'll just put a bunch of googles in there, and it'll
be the steampunk booth.
And I'm like, hmmm.
Yeah, that's not how I'm seeing it.
VINCENT CASO: When I first walked to the
aisle , I saw it.
I spent like 10 minutes just looking at that thing.
I was like what?
There's a frigging steampunk car in this thing.
You pump it like this and it goes.
It's ridiculous.
JEFF LEWIS: And it was so perfect.
And they dressed just like it.
It was awesome.
It looked very similar to what I've seen when I would go to
other conventions, all the suits and the spectacles, the
goggles and the time pieces.
I had no idea.
Budget is small, but the
production value looks amazing.
Our booth is incredible.
And that's all Greg Aronowitz.
He's putting little contraptions in everything.
And that only goes to show that he's into it.
It's so impressive.
It looks like a real con over there.
JILLIAN ARMENANTE: Oh, it was awesome.
It was a great booth.
They really smacked it out.
The props as well, the working props were just genius.
The pen was pumping ink.
And it was really high-tech.
Low-budget, high-tech, which I appreciate, because there's
actual artistry and craft in that.
DOUG JONES: He really filled every nook and cranny and gap
with something mechanical, gears, Victorian dresses.
It's beautiful.
And he always does it in like three days.
Here's your budget.
Oh my gosh.
Here's how much time you have to do it.
Oh my gosh.
And Greg produces ahhhh miracles.
GREG ARONOWITZ: I wanted that booth really to contrast to
the game booth.
They're a little more modern, a little
more sleek and designy.
I feel like even cons are like entertainment.
I don't want to see just tables with some racks.
I want to have this photo op mini immersive opportunity.
DOUG JONES: My favorite prop for myself is
going to be the monocle.
For some reason, I've always wanted to sport a monocle.
I like the eyepatch, too.
In my introduction scene, the eyepatch with all of its gear
work on it.
GREG ARONOWITZ: Just all the little props, it was a lot of
fun to be able to do things, like the telegraph machine,
the automatic inkwell pen.
Those are all just things I made with stuff
I had laying around.

CLARA: Hey, hey.

KRISTIN INGRAM: The steampunk portion of the script was
super exciting to me.
And so they contacted Donna, who's the owner of Clockwork
Couture and said here's the request.
Now she's a big fan of the show.
DONNA RICCI: My involvement in season five was I got to
provide all the clothing for the steampunk characters.
And I worked with her costumer to come up with the looks and
even some custom-designed pieces.
And they were all so lovely to work with.
And I'm just so glad to be involved.
KRISTIN INGRAM: Maurissa, I was thinking of her as like
Alice in Wonderland, like falling
through the rabbit hole.
And then with Doug, his whole idea was he was very like the
Different eye pieces is what I thought would
be funny with him.
And then we had the more quintessential steampunk,
which is like girlie boyish look.
And Clara's was custom made.
And I wanted hers to be her avatar colors.
We kind of went from there.
So it was kind of a collaboration with Clockwork
Couture and her corsetiere to make the design that I
ultimately wanted, which I thought was rad, because you
never get that experience.
MALE SPEAKER: Hey, is that the door to my van?
CLARA: Oh yeah, we got crazy creative.
FEMALE SPEAKER: Uh, what number are you?
KRISTIN INGRAM: Robin just looked amazing.
I couldn't have been more happy with
that design if I tried.
GREG ARONOWITZ: It's in the script that she wears goggles
when she's having her test.
And one of the coolest pairs, it's the one where Clara runs
up and says, ooh, what are these things called?
They're right there.
And I was like you have to wear these.
And she was like, um, maybe I could just wear like the
regular kind.
I'm like no, please.
You have to wear these.
And it's just the funniest thing.
We finally talked her into it.
And she just looks like a little kid with these big
magnified eyes and the things flipping all around.
ROBIN THORSEN: I didn't even think that I was going to wear
the goggles.
And I couldn't see.
So that's why I think it plays off so well, because I'm like
I can't even focus on anyone.
And then Sean's like, can you step down?
And I was like, mmm, I'm not sure, but I'll try.
That's how much I love this show.
I would break a foot for it.
DONNA RICCI: For anyone who wants to get involved in
steampunk but doesn't know quite where to start, I think
just googling images.
There's always a prom dress that was Victorian that needs
to be tea-stained and made lovely.
We are a small shop in Burbank, California.
We're appointment only.
So if you want to pop by, let us know, and we'll serve tea.