AUROR'S TALE follows the story of the newest wizarding police recruit as he battles the vicious Hellhound gang on the streets of NYC.
Be sure to check out our full teaser video on YouTube!
What is AUROR'S TALE?
AUROR'S TALE is a fantasy web series in three acts. Here is a short synopsis:
New York City is a battlefield. Dark magic rules the underworld. The NYC Department of Magical Law Enforcement (DMLE) is the only line of defense. Hawthorne is the force's newest recruit and the dark criminals' latest threat. Plunging into the nightmare that his occupation offers, he makes quick enemies of the most depraved wizard gang in America: the ever violent, ever twisted Hellhounds. AUROR'S TALE chronicles Hawthorne's tempestuous adventures.
Wait a minute... who are you guys?
Hi, I'm Leo Kei Angelos. I'm a content creator who has been making short films on the YouTube platform while working at Bayard Studios in Brooklyn, NY. I've teamed up with Cassandra Johnstone, a screenwriter, costumer and production designer to create AUROR'S TALE. As die-hard fans ourselves, we want to bring the underground wizarding world of New York City to life on-screen. Together with our amazing cast, brilliant cinematographers, cutting edge effects, and more, we think you'll love AUROR'S TALE.
So, is this an official film/Are you guys affiliated with Warner Bros or JK Rowling?
AUROR'S TALE is NOT AFFILIATED with JK Rowling, Warner Bros, or Time Warner. This is a fan series, dedicated to creating something new within the world that JK Rowling created. Think of it as fan fiction on film. We're not here to disturb the world that is pre-existing, so we don't use any existing characters or settings from the books or films. Our "world within a world" concept is our gift for the fans. Though it will be darker and grittier, we think what we have to offer is something the fans will love.
Why should I pledge?
You probably saw our teaser on YouTube at some point over the past few weeks. We created that clip on a dirt-cheap budget. While we're really proud of what we have made so far, we need your pledges to make a more immersive and magical world for AUROR'S TALE. The teaser put a heavy emphasis on the action, but one of our goals is to tell a great story of personal turmoil and the relationships between people. It's a story that we think will ring true with fans of the books and the films. Keep in mind that Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing model: if you want to see AUROR'S TALE, the only way that can happen is if we reach our goal. We need everyone who saw the teaser to pledge, share, and support this project in order to bring this world to life on-screen. Don't forget: everyone who makes a pledge earns a reward and there are some awesome rewards we've got for you.
What does my pledge go to?
Allow us to be really honest here: no one is here to make money. Most of the cast, crew, and staff at AUROR'S TALE are doing this because they love the work, they're a fan and they want to make an awesome web series. With that being said, we need this initial funding to go towards equipment rentals, transportation costs, space rentals and other production costs. In addition, we need to reach our goal to make sure everyone is working under the best conditions possible and with the tools they need to make AUROR'S TALE the best series it can be. If we exceed our goal, then that's incredible and we'll have even more funding to make the world and story the most magical ride yet.
What rewards can I earn?
We've come up with rewards that are exciting, yet affordable and also too good to miss! At each level, you'll become one of our Backers and will be thanked on a special section of our upcoming website and receive a special thank-you from the team. As your pledge increases, there are some really cool rewards, including some pieces used in the production of AUROR'S TALE and opportunities to get involved in the production itself, either by appearing in an episode or becoming a producer. Got a special wizard or witch in your life and want to surprise them? All of our rewards make excellent gifts too! We've got a reward for everyone's budget, but if you think our list is missing something or have a special idea in mind, email us at email@example.com and we'll try to work something out with you. We're here to make YOU feel rewarded for your contribution, after all. All of our Backers are important to us.
I live outside of the US. Can I still make a pledge?
Absolutely! We love all of our fans across the globe and want to find a way to get your swag to you in a timely and cost-efficient way. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide information on international shipping and the wait time for your package to arrive. Please be advised that all of the reward levels that include flights and/or hotel stays are reserved to residents of the continental US (the lower 48 states) ONLY. We wish we could bring everyone to New York City, but unfortunately it's not magically possible at this time.
I want to back the project, but I can only pledge a little. Will that still help?
We can't stress enough how much EVERY pledge helps. Even small pledges make a huge difference. Think of it this way: if half the people who watched our teaser trailer (that's over 50,000 views) pledged $1, we'd already reach our goal! Every pledge counts towards bringing AUROR'S TALE to your screens and making our dream a reality.
I've made my pledge. Now what?
Thank you so much! While you wait for AUROR'S TALE, there's plenty of ways to stay in touch with Team #AurorsTale during production and after the debut of our first episode later this summer. Follow us on Twitter to ask us questions, hear about what's happening on set, take part in our #FanFriday challenges and get breaking news. To join our conversations about the story, the characters, and the cast & crew, follow us on Facebook. Next, you can find all of the extra behind-the-scenes goodies, bits of dialogue, photos, and ask us questions on our Tumblr. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you won't miss any episodes, trailers, or other videos we post. We'll be unveiling our new website soon, but until then, these are the best ways to reach us. For anything else, email email@example.com.
Thanks for your pledge and for sharing this project! We couldn't make AUROR'S TALE without YOU!
With so many folks asking us to include THE MECHANIC, aka our Blu-ray/DVD reward in the higher amounts, we have decided to include it in every reward level that includes the FAN SWAG BAG. Exciting!! We apologize for the confusion. Please keep in mind that the combo pack will ship in November, while the rest of your reward will ship at its estimated time.
We will be contacting each backer over the course of the first two weeks once the project completes. This will be to confirm all backer data is correct and we can get them the right sizes where applicable. Thanks for your patience!
The short answer is: we can't be sure. We can only hope that having as original a story as possible will allow us the freedom to create and bring the fans an immersive magical world. The added hope is that by doing this purely for the entertainment of the fans (and later as a charitable effort once the episodes are released) and not for financial gain, we are considered a fan work for enterteinment value.
We are currently looking into this option and we will have more information soon.