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A Sci-Fi Horror stop motion web series about a corporation which unleashes a plague of bio-mechanical parasites on its workers.
A Sci-Fi Horror stop motion web series about a corporation which unleashes a plague of bio-mechanical parasites on its workers.
197 backers pledged $12,103 to help bring this project to life.

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Operator has received over half a million views on YouTube, Made it to the front page of reddit, and is a Vimeo Staff Pick. Fast Company called it the creepiest film of 2013. 

STRETCH GOALS!  

-$10,960 is the funding goal per episode, minimum funding goal, and will fund episode 2. UNLOCKED! EP 2 GOES INTO PRODUCTION MARCH 1ST!

- For each additional $10,960 an additional episode can be produced up to 14 Episodes (the season is 15 episodes included the existing 1).

About the Operator Web Series

Hi! I'm Sam Barnett. Writer Director of Operator. In the original Operator the InfoCorp corporation enslaves all of its workers with a biomechanical parasite. The web series picks up where the short left off, following workers that escape the initial infection as they fight back against the company. 

After receiving an incredible response I immediately set about expanding it into a web series. I’ve spent the last two years writing a full season of 15 episodes with one overarching story. Developing new characters and fleshing out a much larger world.

I was inspired to make Operator by a few things: parasites like the cordyceps mushroom, which controls the brains of ants so it can use their bodies as food while it spreads its spores as far as possible. Also, what I like to call “parasitic ideas.” Our minds are made up of ideas that come from all over the place. And somehow once we accept an idea it feels like its part of who we are, even if that idea ends up being terrible for us.

The point is that we grow up with this idea that there is a clear barrier between ourselves and everything else. Operator is a story about a world in which that barrier is ripped to pieces and the boundary between what is and is not us becomes very unclear. It is told from the perspective of characters that have very little power, struggling against a massive corporation that is trying to destroy them. It is a story that I am passionately committed to.

We need your help to make Operator happen. Many of the rewards include putting your name in the credits because it really is you that is bringing this project to life.

There is no way around the fact that making great animation takes a lot of manpower. Everything in stop motion is individually crafted: each puppet has to be sculpted, each mouth and hand and prop and set piece is created. I want to make a web series that is gripping, fun, and terrifying. With the ability to hire some other very talented artists I think we can make something that is truly excellent. I hope you are excited to see more OPERATOR and help me fund this project!

Characters

Physical Rewards

For pledges of $100 or more. 

Silicone Hand Crafted Puppet Hand! Can be posed in any position!  Can be used to swing small objects at the incredibly slow rate of stop motion animation!

 For pledges of $300 or more.

Leather and Copper Hand Made Decorative Trevor Mask. Hang it on your wall and feel the terror of Operator in your own home! Manufactured by the incredible Sydney Moffat!

For pledges of $55 or more. 

3 inch painted plaster bust of your choice of: Mike, Carl or Laura.

For $85 or more. 

The Flesh And Metal Rhizome statue. Each statue is unique as the mold it is cast in deteriorates with each casting. 5 inches tall, painted plaster.

Where is the money going?

$10,960 is the funding goal per episode. This includes $2,155 in Kick starter fees and taxes, and the estimated cost of producing and shipping the physical rewards. $8,805 is the actual cost to produce each episode. This is an extremely low cost for 7-10 minutes of animation. I am able to keep cost this low because I already have invested in, or can borrow most of the equipment needed. I will be continuing to do as much of the work myself as I can. But I will be hiring professional animators, VFX artist and voice actors to help bring the series to the next level. They all have rent to pay, I don't want to ask them to work for free.  Here is a breakdown of the budget per episode:

Risks and challenges

Every project will encounter numerous challenges, some which could derail it. I have been animating for 10 years now, professionally for four. I have a very good idea of what I am getting myself into. I am passionately committed to this project. I have already committed every minute I can for three of the last four years to this project. Working part-time and living on savings as long as I can between animation and VFX gigs so I can make this a reality. Unless I get killed by the gas leak in San Fernando, or some other unseen poison drifting through the air in Los Angeles, I am going to make it happen.

I will also have great help from the very talented people working on the project. When I do get out of my depth, and my philosophy is to try to push myself to the edge of my abilities and knowledge at all times, I can get advice from other animator friends that work for studios including, Stupid Buddies (who produce Robot Chicken and other shows) Laikia, (Coralline, Boxtrolls), Disney and many others.

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    Digital Download of original Operator Short (episode 1) re-masted in 3D audio.

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    Surrealist Horoscope. Let me know your birth sign and I will send you a permanent surrealist horoscope. Good for your entire life. No need to check your new horoscope day after day or month after month. Here is an example for an undisclosed sign - "A new set of clothes may lead to the feeling that you have a whole new body! Don’t give into it. Remember that you are a clone and your flesh belongs to the corporation. Happiness is positively associated with vice. Crime does pay today." Along with a Digital download of original Operator Short (episode 1) re-masted in 3D audio.

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    Digital download of episode 2 with 3D audio and all lower level rewards.

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    3 4k Operator desktop backgrounds and all lower level rewards.

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    Digital downloads of all (up to 15) episodes in season 1 as they are completed.

    Access to exclusive behind the scenes FB page with the ability to comment on this as they are made!

    Your name on a list in the credits and all lower level rewards. A new episode should be released every 2-3 months starting in may 2016. And all lower level rewards.

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    3 inch painted plaster bust of your choice of: Mike, Carl or Laura.

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    Digital download of my entire retrospective works. A collection of 11 experimental animations and Experimental short films spanning 7 year.

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    The Flesh And Metal Rhizome statue. Each statue is unique as the mold it is cast in deteriorates with each casting. 5 inches tall, painted plaster.

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    Pose-able Operator Puppet hand on a stand and all lower level gifts. Shown below.

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    Life size decorative mask of Trevor Surrogate. Shown below.

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    Your choice of a Carl, Laura, or Mike puppet head used in the web series on a small stand!

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    Associate Producer credit! On screen after each episode produced by this campaign.

    + My eternal gratitude for doing so much to help Operator get made!

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    Fully articulate-able puppet used in the film with a wire armature! Your choice of Carl, Laura or Mike.

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    A puppet of yourself! Send me a few good images of you and I will sculpt your face, make your clothes, and send you a fully articulate-able stop motion puppet of yourself!

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    A puppet of yourself getting attacked by a Rhizomect Parasite! Same as RHIZOME 3000 but with a parasite puppet attacking your freaking-out-self!Send me a few good images of you and I will sculpt your face, make your clothes, and send you a fully articulate-able stop motion puppet of yourself!

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    Executive Producer Credit on screen after each episode.

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