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After the untimely death of his father, Jason Diego inherits a document which he is told is an account of Genesis written by Eve. Read more

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After the untimely death of his father, Jason Diego inherits a document which he is told is an account of Genesis written by Eve.

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Home Sweet Home; The City Upon a Swill
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Priceless Artifact; Yours for $150
Priceless Artifact; Yours for $150
Orphan Portrait photos by Scott A. Woodward. www.scottawoodward.com
Orphan Portrait photos by Scott A. Woodward. www.scottawoodward.com
Lined with Genesis and Exodus
Lined with Genesis and Exodus
                                                                                                           
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What is the cost of anonymity? $200
What is the cost of anonymity? $200
The Royal "We"
The Royal "We"
Want to see her special place? The keyword is "money"
Want to see her special place? The keyword is "money"
I'm the true queen of clubs. Accept no substitutes.
I'm the true queen of clubs. Accept no substitutes.

Now it's time for some real talk. 

Orphan is an experimental web show. Our philosophy is that when we treat the Internet as a medium instead of just a means of distribution, each nook and cranny of the web is a piece of the canvas to decorate. The music, fashion, and culture of Orphan are not built as mere supplements to the show but key elements in understanding its world. 

It is our firm belief that games can be art, and in that vein, Orphan will be an attempt to expand what we can expect from both television and games.

The internet is an invention which is slowly rendering our conventional borders obsolete. Strangely, the individuality that western society values is supplanted by Anonymity -- which many believe to be the only way to protect the sanctity of their Internet usage. Anonymous is a figure which emerges when the borders between people dissolve. To represent this idea fully, Orphan is a show which is not bound by the borders of something as traditional as a television set. 

Orphan isn't just on the Internet. In a way, it's an allegory for the Internet. The themes of discarded identity and a world without borders emerged from the cultures of the online world. Since the show espouses the values of the Internet, it is only fitting that we are built by the Internet. 

The Web brings the world closer together. We have a closer connection to people that we never would have met otherwise. So, wherever you are in the world, if you are talented and creative, we want to work with you! There's no reason this project can't become a beacon to attract artists of all kinds from all over the world. Borders be damned. 

 Orphan is a collaborative project by many artists all around the world. Segments have been filmed in Singapore and the U.S. with talent and crew from Canada, Russia, Hong Kong, Britain, and more. We're collecting folks like stamps on a passport! 

The unifying feature of all of us is that we want to create great art, and we don't care where it comes from! Look forward to a more formal introduction as our campaign continues. 

Do you love things? Who doesn't? Get some official Orphan stuff for pledging!

WARNING: Please check all items with pockets for anything Lukella left behind
WARNING: Please check all items with pockets for anything Lukella left behind

Photo Credit: Hiroshi

Sure, maybe they haven't said anything yet, but we've got their slots ready for when they do!

"_______________!" Wil Wheaton

"_______________!" Penny-Arcade

"_______________!" Harry Knowles

"_______________!" Lady Gaga

Also, we have a special spot reserved for Chris Hardwick. If we can get onto The Nerdist podcast, we will reveal a special cheat code for Episode One of Orphan. It unlocks something pretty good! Just ask him! See?

"_______________!" Chris Hardwick

Watch this spot for more of our press. And if you do an article about Orphan, please reach out to us, and we'll make sure to include you!

Also, check out our progress on KickTraq.

When I ran my biggest online campaign, I put my name in the story as a kind of signature to let people know I was involved. Unexpectedly, someone pilfered my name on Twitter! I know that Twitter will often help recover your name if you are a person of interest or alternately, extreme uninterest. It does seem like the account hadn't been active for a while!

If anyone out there works at Twitter, I would love to recover twitter.com/IanHinden. However, I have one caveat: I would like the tweets currently on the account to remain preserved. 

The purpose of anonymity is that it gives people a chance to speak who might otherwise have something to fear in using their name. At some point, someone used my name to be heard. I believe this is an important event to protect, so I humbly request that these tweets remain intact even while my account is recovered. In the mean time, you can also still reach us at twitter.com/orphanshow

Orphan creator Ian Hinden has known about film since at least high school
Orphan creator Ian Hinden has known about film since at least high school

So, as I said before, Orphan is striving to be a project built by the Internet! We want to make sure that we are available to you through every channel at any time. If you have any suggestions for prizes, fan art, questions, interview requests, you can reach out to us through commenting on this page, on Facebook, twitter, or even e-mail! Please allow us some time to respond. We might not be able to personally respond to every e-mail, but we will make sure any popular questions are updated on the FAQ or on this page. 

Thank you very much for your interest in our project, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed making it. 

Ian S. Hinden

Risks and challenges

I strongly believe that any new endeavor worth doing has inherent risks, which is fortunate as I'm tasked to submit our risks and challenges in this little box.

Film by itself has many opportunities for pratfalls, since there are so many parts that need to run together smoothly for a successful project. Any issue from scheduling, finding locations, problems with equipment, and even through the editing process can cause delays for everything else. Coordinating this with an online campaign means there is even less room for error.

Minimizing risk is a step a creator has to take up front. Orphan was started as a web show by design to make the project easier to manage. By focusing on single episodes and pieces of the ARG, we can put all our attention into making each segment the most compelling story we can tell.

Sometimes, things do not go as planned. Sometimes, you stay up late at night repainting a costume due to last minute color changes in the design. Sometimes, those pesky ARG players solve a puzzle in a day that you were planning to draw out for a week. The key is to keep a cool head and find elegant solutions for any problems you encounter, while also having a little something in your back pocket.

Our project exists in this strange status between film and performance. Though each bring their own dangers, they also each have solutions unique to their discipline which strengthen the entire project.

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    Download the HD pilot and all music used in our Kickstarter in ear-bleeding 320kbps MP3 quality full minutes before they hit the Pirate Bay! You also get our exclusive backer updates (maybe even a clue or two) and good karma.

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    Want to count to ten but you've lost a finger? Get some help from our Number People sticker set! Warning: some number people are number than others. This also includes HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates and good karma!

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    "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard. Also, you get a single playing card from our custom deck to start your own Found Deck. We can not guarantee any specific card. Also included is the Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and good karma vibes!

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    Receive the set of 2 Mini-Posters. These are perfect for covering up a hole in the wall or one in your heart. Also included is the "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and good karma vibes!

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    9 backers

    You can choose one of the officially-branded GarbAge™ shirt designs. All the prizes located above this one geometrically and below this one monetarily will also be yours. That means you also get the 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and good karma vibes!

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    You get a deck of Eden playing cards. You also get your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and waves of good karma.

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    1 backer

    Your own hand-crafted piece of the Escapist Manifesto to display. We're assuming these were crafted by hand since they are older than the printing press! They are torn out by hand, anyway. FRAME NOT INCLUDED. You also get a deck of Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and waves of good karma.

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    Want to go out in public, but are too ugly? Did you ever want to be truly anonymous without giving money to Warner and his other brother Warner? Why not arm yourself with an official ORPHAN Anonymous mask? Comes with an Anonymous poster to show you are now a member of the army! You will also get a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and waves of good karma.

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    You can send us a picture of your face and we will put it into the opening credit sequence for Orphan. Honestly, that is kind of nuts. Subject to approval! This isn't our first time on the Internet, champ. This reward is only available at this pledge amount! You will also get the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and waves of good karma.

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    A custom character painting by Orphan concept artist Chris Chiu. This is your chance to get a painting of any character featured in Lukella's letter! You might even ask for someone who hasn't been pictured... This prize is only available at this tier level! You will also get the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and waves of good karma.

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    You become the sole keeper of the secret transmissions. Can you deal with the responsibility? You will also get the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates. Your karma to be determined by the fine people of the Internet. (transmission frequency 9-1-2019)

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    You get one pair of GarbAge Couture Puzzle Patch jeans. Do you want some place to walk with those jeans? Because you also get a walk on role in the pilot for Orphan. Filming date to be set and travel / lodging expenses to Las Vegas or L.A. are not included. BUT WAIT! There's more. You also get to walk off. It's kind of a package deal. You will also get the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and boatloads of good karma!

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    Your very own watch jacket. These are the last ones we will ever produce. You get to have breakfast in person or over Skype with Orphan creator Ian Hinden. Watches not included. You will also get a walk on role, the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and boatloads of good karma!

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    The world's best-selling book, finally available in jacket form. For this donation, you get your own officially-branded GarbAge Bible Jacket. We are only making these for this campaign, so this is your only chance to match Ian! Your name will be stamped on Orphan for all time as an associate Producer of the first season. You can have dinner in person or over Skype if you prefer with Orphan creator Ian Hinden. You will also get a walk on role, the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, your choice of a GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and boatloads of good karma!

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    The "It's Worth a Shot, Right?" Tier. Wow, man. I don't even know. At this donation level, you receive both a Watch Jacket and Bible Jacket. You also receive a pair of custom Puzzle Patch jeans. You receive an Executive Producer credit as well as a private screening of the episode before it goes live online. You also get dinner with creator Ian Hinden. He will even fly out and take a dip in your swimming pool (we're assuming you have a pool), and talk about some of the finer details of Orphan and GarbAge with you. You will also get a walk on role, the Anonymous Mask and Poster Set, a piece of the Escapist Manifesto, Eden Club playing cards, one of each GarbAge™ shirt, 2 Mini-Posters, "Greetings From Gaikoku" Postcard, Number People Sticker Set, HD episode download, music download, exclusive backer updates, and boatloads of good karma!

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