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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 info@aurorstale.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 info@aurorstale.com 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 info@aurorstale.com.

Thanks for your pledge and for sharing this project! We couldn't make AUROR'S TALE without YOU!

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    THE TRAINEE - You will receive a special thank-you from the AUROR'S TALE Team and your name will be listed on the "Backers" page of our website.

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    THE RECRUIT - Your name will appear in the credits of Episode 1 under "Special Thanks", plus you'll also receive that special thank-you and be listed on our site as a backer of AUROR'S TALE.

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    THE FEATURE - You'll receive a digital download of the first episode of AUROR'S TALE, as well as the thank-you's on our website and in the credits! The only digital download we'll be offering as part of the Kickstarter, and what a deal!

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    THE AURORS ARMY - Join the army! You get an "Aurors Army" swag pack: a DMLE badge/button, an AUROR'S TALE sticker, a signed card from the creators, plus the thank you's on our website and in the credits of Episode 1. International Aurors Army soldiers should please add a minimum of $10 for shipping.

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    THE HELLHOUNDERS - Come over to the dark side! You get a "Hellhounders" swag pack: a temporary Hellhound tattoo, an AUROR'S TALE sticker, and the thank you's on our website and in the credits of Episode 1. International Hellhounders should please add a minimum of $10 for shipping.

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    THE GRADUATE - You will receive an official AUROR'S TALE t-shirt featuring art designed by co-creator/screenwriter Cassandra Johnstone, plus both of those thank-you's we previously mentioned. International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    THE MUSIC - You'll receive the official 5-track AUROR'S TALE Act 1 soundtrack as a CD or DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. You choose the format! You'll also receive a poster signed by the cast & crew and the credits and website donor thank-you's. International backers, please add $10 for shipping of your CD and poster.

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    THE MECHANIC - The only way to receive your own copy of AUROR'S TALE to own! Back the project at this level and you'll receive a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack of Act 1! And yes, international backers, the DVD will be REGION-FREE! You'll also receive the thank-you's. This special item is ONLY AVAILABLE ON OUR KICKSTARTER. Due to the production schedule, this item is a stand-alone reward that ships in November as that is the projected end of Act 1! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    THE JUNIOR OFFICER - You will receive an official AUROR'S TALE t-shirt featuring art designed by co-creator/screenwriter Cassandra Johnstone, plus both of those thank-you's we previously mentioned and a signed production still photograph. This reward is only available on the Kickstarter and will not be sold anywhere else. International backers should please add a minimum of $15 for shipping.

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    THE WIZARD - You'll receive an official AUROR'S TALE poster, signed by the cast & crew, plus the t-shirt, and the the thank-you's. International backers, please add $10 for shipping.

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    THE AUROR - This is the reward for our AurorsArmy and Hellhounders: it's the AUROR'S TALE Fan Swag Bag! This reward which is ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE KICKSTARTER includes the signed poster, the t-shirt and some other secret wizardly goodies all in a cool AUROR'S TALE tote bag! And of course, you'll receive the thank-you's from the team and be the envy of all of your friends. International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    THE SENIOR OFFICER - You will receive a Behind-The-Scenes AUROR'S TALE Pack, which includes all three Act 1 scripts signed by the creators, a behind-the-scenes production still photograph (also signed), plus you'll receive the website + credits thank you's and an additional hand-written thank you from the creators of AUROR'S TALE. This reward is only available on the Kickstarter and will not be sold anywhere else. International backers should please add a minimum of $15 for shipping.

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    THE CODE VIOLET - You'll receive the AUROR'S TALE Fan Swag Bag, the thank-you's, and a signed Advanced Reader Copy of "The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart" (a Young Adult paranormal fantasy novel publshed by Sourcebooks) from actress & award-winning, nationally-bestelling author Leanna Renee Hieber who plays Deputy Kellion in AUROR'S TALE! This book does not release until November 2012, so if you want to be among the first to read it, this reward is for you! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    THE WALK-ON WIZARD - The last-minute reward YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR: be a part of AUROR'S TALE as a Featured Background Performer! On set, we always need background cast members and now's your chance! Choose to be an Auror or a Hellhound in this perfect reward for aspiring actors, established performers and those who have wanted to be a part of our magical world! Of course, we're also throwing in some swag for you, but not a full Fan Swag Bag. Meet and work with the cast & crew and get your name listed in the credits as a Featured Background Performer and on our Donors page - the perfect addition to your performance resume! [Please note: AUROR'S TALE unfortunately is unable to provide transportation or accommodations to those who back at this level. Not from the NY/NJ metro area? If so, check out THE ALPHA reward.]

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    THE BADGE - Join the Department! You'll receive your very own custom-made, limited edition Department of Magical Law Enforcement pin/badge, designed by our creators and produced/used exclusively in AUROR'S TALE. This reward which is ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE KICKSTARTER includes the Fan Swag Bag and of course, you'll receive the thank-you's from the team and be that much closer to being an Auror the Department can be proud of! International backers, please add $15 for shipping. [Please note, this IS NOT the pin from the teaser trailer.]

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    THE HELLHOUND - You'll receive the AUROR'S TALE Fan Swag Bag, the thank-you's, and we'll throw in a signed limited edition print of concept artwork designed by co-creator/screenwriter Cassandra Johnstone! This a limited reward, so act fast! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    THE MERCENARY - You'll receive the AUROR'S TALE Fan Swag Bag plus the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (ships in November), the thank-you's, and we'll throw in an ALL-NEW signed limited edition print of concept artwork (different from THE HELLHOUND reward art) designed by co-creator/screenwriter Cassandra Johnstone! This a limited reward available only via Kickstarter, so act fast! International backers, please add $15 for shipping.

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    THE DEPUTY - Not only will you receive the Fan Swag Bag and the thank-you's, you'll also receive 1 of 5 wands used by a character on the set of AUROR'S TALE, complete with Certificate of Authenticity. Please note that every wand included in THE DEPUTY package was chosen personally, by an Auror's Tale character, from the Alivan's Majestic Collection. It was then used in the production and it is that same, original, Majestic Collection Wand that you will call your own. After you've received that wand, send us a photo of you in your best wizard costume using the wand and we'll work our magic to put you into the world of AUROR'S TALE! We'll share the finished product on our "Backers" page as well as send you a hi-res download for your own use! International backers, please add $20 for shipping.

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    THE BETA - Of course you get the Fan Swag Bag and the thank-you's, but you will also receive 1 of 3 costume pieces worn by a character on the set of AUROR'S TALE, complete with Certificate of Authenticity. Then, send us a photo of you in your best wizard getup, we'll cast a spell to put you into the magical world of AUROR'S TALE. We'll then post this photo on our "Backers" page as well as send you a hi-res download you can use anyway you like! Shipping info will vary depending on piece. We will notify you via email.

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    THE CHIEF - You'll receive the Fan Swag Bag, the thank-you's, the magical photo, and you'll be credited as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of an episode from Act 1 of AUROR'S TALE. Plus, we'll fly you to the site of our Premiere Party for Episode 1 where you'll meet members of the cast and crew and party with us! (Please note: This reward applies ONLY to residents of the continental United States, i.e. the lower 48 states. We will NOT provide accommodation during this trip. We apologize to our international fans, but this is the best we can do at this reward level.)

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    THE ALPHA - Of course you'll receive the Fan Swag Bag and the thank-you's, but most importantly we'll fly you to New York to be in an episode of AUROR'S TALE! Your two-night stay in New York City includes dinner with members of the cast & crew and your own magical photo-shoot with members of the cast in costume, so bring your wizard robes and get ready to have a magical time! (Please note: This reward applies ONLY to residents of the continental United States, i.e. the lower 48 states. We apologize to our international fans, but this is the best we can do at this reward level.)

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    THE HAWTHORNE - It's the Ultimate Fan Reward and limited to just one person! First, we'll fly you to the site of our Premiere Party for Episode 1, where your two-night stay will include a meet & greet with some of the cast, followed by dinner with some of the crew including our creators and a front row seat at our Premiere. During the Premiere we'll introduce you to the live audience and you'll be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of an episode from Act 1 of AUROR'S TALE. In addition to this magical trip, you'll receive an extra special Fan Swag Bag with extra goodies, the thank-you's, and a magical photo. This once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience could be yours, so act fast! (Please note: This reward applies ONLY to residents of the continental United States, i.e. the lower 48 states. We apologize to our international fans, but this is the best we can do at this time.)

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