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From the creators of Portal: Survive! comes a cinematic journey through the dark and secretive legacy of Aperture Science.

A Webseries You'll Be Proud of...

Do you want to see an exciting and gripping Portal webseries? Well so do we! Portal has such an amazing fan base and we believe Portal fans like you deserve to see quality fan made content, and with Secrets of Aperture, we promise to give you an entertaining experience you'll want to watch again and again.  You'll be proud to have played a part in it, and together with bragging rights, you'll have some cool rewards to remember it by!

What is Secrets of Aperture?  

Last year we shot, edited and released a fan film called Portal: Survive! all on a very low budget, with the hopes of using it as a concept film for this Kickstarter.

A few months later and after some great feedback from you guys, we are now launching the Kickstarter for our Portal webseries, Secrets of Aperture, so you can play a part in making it!

Together, we can make this webseries even bigger and better!  We added some stretch goals to give you more awesome Portal content.

$20,000 STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Prepare for some sweet tie-in vlogs to enhance the story of Secrets of Aperture! These vlogs will take place between the episodes providing an in-depth look at the characters and secrets held within the mysterious Aperture Laboratories.

Next Up... $30,000 for a Cool Bonus Episode!

With more funding not only are we able to better the production quality of the entire webseries, but we'll be adding an additional episode to keep the story going. And that means additional vlogs in between as well.

International Portal Fans

All international backers will receive a FREE Secrets of Aperture wristband with all pledges of $15 or more, to show some appreciation and help make up for the expensive international shipping, which is an unavoidable challenge with any Kickstarter.  No need to message us, it will be automatically included in your package!  Also, be on the lookout for free international shipping hot spots in the pledges, to get the most bang for your buck.  We created a handful of pledges that include free shipping anywhere in the world.

U.S. Backers (Shipping is included in the price.)

  • Secrets of Aperture wristband (3 pack) - $6
  • Full size Secrets of Aperture 27" x 40" movie poster signed - $55
  • High quality still frame from Secrets of Aperture printed on a unique 10" x 24" cinemascope widescreen canvas - $95

International Backers (Shipping is included in the price.)

  • Secrets of Aperture wristband - Free with all pledges $15 or more!
  • Secrets of Aperture wristband (3 pack) - $9
  • Full size Secrets of Aperture 27" x 40" movie poster signed - $75
  • High quality still frame from Secrets of Aperture printed on a unique 10" x 24" cinemascope widescreen canvas - $125

How it works: just add the cost of these to your pledge amount and send us a message telling us what you ordered, and we'll include them in your package.

 

Secrets of Aperture is a live-action webseries written and directed by Colin and Connor McGuire, from youtube.com/ColinandConnor. The webseries is based on the hit game Portal and will take place over five episodes.  Secrets of Aperture will feature suspense, mystery, action and a bit of humor, all in an enticing and believable Portal universe. When finished, each episode will be uploaded to our YouTube channel for the whole world to enjoy!

Poster by Tu Bui, artoftu.deviantart.com
Poster by Tu Bui, artoftu.deviantart.com

Secrets of Aperture will be a cinematic journey through the dark legacy of Aperture Science, unfolding the events that led to its eventual demise while exposing the secrets held by both its eccentric founder and the scientists behind its most notorious scientific breakthroughs. Portal: Survive! was essentially a concept film for this webseries, which will further explore the characters and world of Portal.

Rattmann and Team Story Concept
Rattmann and Team Story Concept

This webseries will take place in a variety of locations and time periods, from the mid-1900's, to the turn of the century, and even to the distant future. Secrets of Aperture follows the story of Chell, Cave Johnson, and Doug Rattmann from the Portal Lab Rat comic, and chronicles their experiences with Aperture Science and GLaDOS. 

Chell and Wheatley Story Concept
Chell and Wheatley Story Concept

We are approaching this webseries with a serious mindset, delivering cinematic visuals and intriguing storytelling in a professional package like in Portal: Survive! which we managed to pull off with only pocket change, so we are very excited to work with a decent budget.

Cave and Caroline Story Concept.  Comics by A. Jones, pinali.deviantart.com
Cave and Caroline Story Concept. Comics by A. Jones, pinali.deviantart.com

Meet the team behind Secrets of Aperture.  We have a wonderful cast lined up so far and its growing all the time!

The McGuire Brothers -  (Creators of Portal: Survive!, Left 4 Dead- The Movie, and The Violent World of Parker) the writers/directors of Secrets of Aperture.

Monique Blanchard - (Portal: Survive!) will return to play Chell in Secrets of Aperture!

 Bradley Mixon - (Portal: Survive!, Left 4 Dead - The Movie) will return to play Doug Rattmann in Secrets of Aperture.

Sam Loya - (Videocopilot.net, Left 4 Dead - The Movie, The Violent World of Parker) one of our favorite dudes!  Attached to the project as an actor!

 Clinton Jones - (Cardboard Warfare, Sleeping Dogs Live Action) our good friend and the creator of the YouTube channel "Pwnisher",  is attached as an actor!

Jimmy Wong - (VGHS, Feast of Fiction) popular YouTuber and creator of the YouTube channel "Jimmy Wong", we are excited to say is attached as an actor!

Where Can I Watch Secrets of Aperture?

When finished, Secrets of Aperture will be uploaded to our YouTube channel, youtube.com/ColinandConnor, where anyone and everyone can watch it for free. It will only be available on DVD/Blu-Ray through this Kickstarter so make sure you grab a copy!

Why We are Taking on this Project, and What We Hope to Accomplish

Portal has such an amazing fan base, and we believe its our responsibility as fans and filmmakers, to make high quality and entertaining Portal films.  Playing Portal for the first time was really an incredible experience. It was one of the most unique, thought-provoking and terrifying games we have ever played.  Portal has enormous potential as a serious film; one with an encompassing story that has heart and purpose which is always at the center of what we do.  We made Portal: Survive! with that in mind and we would love the opportunity to do it again with this webseries.  We truly believe in and aspire to give the online community top-quality, cinematic content with great storytelling, and Secrets of Aperture has always been one of our dream projects.  We really couldn't be more excited to start production on it!

Behind the Scenes of Portal: Survive!
Behind the Scenes of Portal: Survive!
Behind the Scenes of Portal: Survive!
Behind the Scenes of Portal: Survive!

Where is My Money Going to?

That's a great question.  For a production of this scale, the money will go towards many essential things.  These essentials include: camera and equipment rentals, locations, custom props, set construction, costuming, and visual effects.  Even the little things add up quickly, like production insurance, makeup, etc.  Portal is also intricately themed, meaning many of the things you will see in the movie will have to be custom produced.  All these things add up, but they make for a professional quality webseries.

Who Are We?

We are Colin and Connor McGuire, two brothers who write, direct and produce films together.  Aside from Portal: Survive! we previously wrote, directed and produced Left 4 Dead - The Movie, a 3-part movie totaling over an hour long, inspired and based on Valve's zombie game Left 4 Dead.  You can watch it here.

Left 4 Dead - The Movie (Part 3)

What About Copyright?

We are NOT affiliated in any way with Portal or Valve, the creators of Portal.  This webseries is made completely by fans for fans, and all trademarked and copyrighted material is owned by Valve.  However, Valve strongly encourages their fans to create movies and other content using their material such as stories, characters, models, music, etc.  They have released several amazing tools to do so, one being Source Filmmaker.  Like many others, we were inspired by Valve games and their generous view on the use of their content has allowed us to explore the worlds they create in their video games through the medium of film.  We greatly respect and appreciate Valve for this and we believe it is a beautiful and unique partnership between Valve and their community of fans.

Furthermore, we are not the first to raise funds for a Portal webseries or a Valve related webseries, and to be clear, we are NOT selling the webseries in any way; it will be uploaded to the internet where anyone can watch it for free.  Valve has been gracious enough to release an official policy when it comes to stuff like this so give it a read if you are unsure! Valve Video Policy

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Any production of this size, especially one placed in the Portal universe comes with a plethora of risks and challenges. However, we are prepared for anything that comes our way.

Many of the problems that arise on any production have to do with inefficient pre-production which we affirm to avoid with extensive planning, scheduling, and pre-visualization. We will be thoroughly dedicated to ensuring the integrity of our vision, and that it will hold up as a quality piece of entertainment. Some of these measures include, but are not limited to, storyboards, concept art, visual effects supervisors, script readings, rehearsals, etc. We remain insistent on delivering a webseries both true to Portal and ourselves.

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    THERE WILL BE CAKE... We are forever grateful for your support. You will receive a PDF of the shooting script. Also stay informed with exclusive updates throughout the entire production of the webseries!

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    Sit back and enjoy 1080p HD digital downloads of each episode as they are released and one of the entire series when its finished. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Get the Secrets of Aperture DVD, which gains you access to an exciting, rare look inside the webseries with the mini documentary "Cake Will Be Served." This mini-doc chronicles the making of Secrets of Aperture from the launch of the Kickstarter to the premiere, and lets you experience all of our adventures along the way. This mini-doc is completely exclusive to the DVD and can't be seen online or anywhere else, so make sure to grab a copy! Includes all previous rewards.

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    Get any of your rewards signed by us and the cast! This option applies to any pledge of $65 or more. For example, if you pledge $95, you can get your mug, special edition t-shirt and DVD signed, along with any of your other rewards. Plus, you'll be getting a digital copy of the original storyboards! Includes all previous rewards.

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    Decorate your desk with a Cave Johnson approved Secrets of Aperture coffee mug. A sturdy device which adequately holds these tested beverages: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, repulsion gel. That's where the test ended unfortunately, on account of our tester ingesting repulsion gel. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Gain some insight into the script writing and shooting process with a physical copy of the script, annotated with some incredibly nit picky comments and adjustments, as well as a physical copy of the original storyboards, possibly with aforementioned annotations. Plus, FREE international shipping! Includes all previous rewards.

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    Be the coolest kid on the block with a strip of 35mm film from the only positive film print of Secrets of Aperture. This is a great way to reminisce as you hold a physical piece of the series that you can call your own! Plus, FREE international shipping. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Join us on this filmmaking adventure with the SOA team's exclusive production hat and hoodie! Both the hat and pullover hoodie will be custom made with high quality designs. Most of us will be sporting these special hats and hoodies throughout the production to boost moral, and far after, just cause they look cool. Don't worry though, yours will be brand new. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Ever imagine how cool it would be to work at Aperture Science? Well, now you can own an authentic Aperture Science ID, personalized for you with your photo, name, birthday, etc. And it comes with a case and lanyard. Just remember to call in sick on "bring your daughter to work" day. Includes all previous rewards.

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    You're getting a small prop from the webseries! You get to choose from a diverse list of them (first come, first serve). We promise the prop will be sweet! Includes all previous rewards.

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    You're now Chell's emergency contact, which means you'll be the recipient of her personal Aperture Science file folder, which is packed with her private documents like test reports, activity logs, interviews, pictures, notable achievements, etc. As seen on the last page of the Lab Rat comic, this folder is a really cool and unique reward for those die-hard Portal fans. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Become one of GLaDOS's test subjects! Your name will be used as an official test subject at Aperture Science. Also, you'll receive a Special Thanks in the credits! Plus, FREE international shipping. Includes all previous rewards.

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    One LARGE prop from the webseries! Again, choose from an extensive list (first come, first serve). Think long fall boots, Chell's outfit, artwork, set pieces, custom props, etc. Includes all previous rewards.

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    You'll get a second small prop from the webseries! For a total of three props, two small and one large. Plus, FREE international shipping. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Come be a part of the fun with a background role in the webseries! If you can get yourself to the set in LA we'll put you in! You'll also receive two invitations to the premiere and after party, and third priority pick on your one large and two small props! Includes all previous rewards. Plus, FREE international shipping. (Transportation and lodging NOT included.)

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    You're getting one of the custom built Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device or companion cubes used in the series! Your choice, both props are full size! Comes with certificate of authenticity showing it was indeed used in the series. And like all the other rewards, we can sign it for you. Includes all previous rewards.

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    Put your name on the webseries! You'll get Associate Producer credit, a walk-on role, and an everlasting thank you from the Secrets of Aperture team! You will also get four invitations to the premiere and after party, invitation to visit the set during production (on top of the walk-on role), and second priority pick on your props! Plus, FREE international shipping. Includes all previous rewards. (Transportation and lodging NOT included).

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    Be a big part of this project! You will receive Executive Producer credit on the webseries, a speaking role, and complete access to all parts of the production. This means you can drop by the set whenever you want to. If you don't act but want to be involved creatively in another way, message us and we will try to work something out. This also applies to the mini documentary "Cake Will Be Served," and you will have the chance to be interviewed for it. And, you will get first priority pick on your props. Plus the whole cast and crew will make a personalized thank you video dedicated to you! Plus, FREE international shipping. Includes all previous rewards. (Transportation and lodging NOT included).

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