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Scout Expedition Co.By Scout Expedition Co.
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Scout Expedition Co.By Scout Expedition Co.
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$19,279
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
173
backers
13days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, May 9 2019 7:43 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Nest is an intimate, live experience that combines elements of immersive theater, narrative video games, serialized podcasts, and escape rooms into a whole new way to tell a story.

An estate sale. A dusty attic. A storage unit. Everyone has had the experience of piecing together the story of a stranger’s life by looking through the objects that they once treasured. In our digital world, the real, tactile nature of examining these objects and interpreting their meaning can be a deeply moving experience.

Based on this, we’ve created The Nest, an immersive show in Los Angeles. It gives audience members the freedom to explore the storage unit of Josie, a mysterious woman who has just passed away. Equipped with a flickering flashlight, you will explore this dark and eclectic space in order to piece together the tragic events of her life. 

In 2017, Scout Expedition Co. created the original production of The Nest, completely selling out a six-month run and receiving high praise from The Verge, Inside the Magic, and No Proscenium. We’re taking our learnings to develop a updated and reinvented production of The Nest, more ambitious and impressive than the original.

We’re asking for your support in order to bring this show to life. What we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will directly fund the design and fabrication of this multi-sensory world. We're creating a 360-degree immersive environment for you to explore; one where every cardboard box, audio tape, prop, and set piece is beautifully designed with lush detail.

With your help, we can successfully deliver a new type of experience unlike any other.

A woman named Josie has recently passed away, leaving behind a storage room filled with decades of collected memories and cryptic secrets. Remnants of her entire life are all here in one place - left for you to discover.

As a young girl growing up in the 1960's, Josie was gifted a tape recorder for her 12th birthday and began documenting every part her life. But in her old age, she has become almost unrecognizable, warped by the tragic events of her past.

The Nest gives you the freedom to investigate Josie’s story. Equipped with a flashlight, search through personal effects, explore your surroundings, and listen to audio cassettes to piece together the dramatic narrative of Josie's life.

The Nest is heavily influenced by our love for narrative video games like Firewatch or What Remains of Edith Finch, and much like these games, you will be interacting with the environment and props. Although this isn't explicitly an escape room, there are interactive moments and light puzzles allow you to walk in Josie’s footsteps,  unlocking new areas and the next chapter of her story.

The show is an intimate, personalized experience - each timeslot and ticket is only for up to two audience members: yourself, and a friend if you so choose. The show contains mystery and suspense elements, and deals with issues like the loss of a loved one to create a touching and emotional narrative. And while the environment is dark, the show is not scary. 

In 2017’s original production, Scout ran 250+ shows of The Nest over the course of six months.  Now, we’re taking everything we learned in both its design and operation, and creating the ultimate retelling of Josie's story.

This new production will...

  • ... take place in a gorgeous, 1920’s-era storage building - a perfect fit for this show!
  • ... have a reimagined layout, taking advantage of our unique location
  • ... incorporate brand new puzzles and interactions, allowing you to advance the story
  • ... contain new set pieces, secrets and surprises for you to discover 

With your support, we will be able to tell Josie's story in the most beautiful and ambitious way possible.


We want to make sure that our Kickstarter rewards are unique and fun, offered at a variety of tiers, and expand on the story world we’re building with The Nest. You can receive extra bits of story content online or by mail, take part in backstage tours, or even contribute a piece of your own personal story to be included into the show itself!  

final designs and content subject to change
final designs and content subject to change

Scout Expedition Co. is an immersive entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California. Scout is led by creative directors Jeff Leinenveber and Jarrett Lantz, designers in both the theme park and immersive theater industries, working with companies such as Delusion and Third Rail Projects. Our experience with many types of projects will allow us to successfully mount a more ambitious version of The Nest.

Visit our website at www.scoutexpedition.co

Risks and challenges

Any live experience is composed of hundreds of moving parts: we'll be paying rent, hiring voice actors, building sets, sourcing props, and more. It’s a lot of work! But, with our previous experience in both the design and operation of theme parks and immersive theater productions, we are confident in our ability to successfully deliver this project.

Our biggest risk is funding. Although we are committed to producing the show, without Kickstarter backing we will have to scale back considerably. Your support will allow us to execute the creative vision, providing you with the ultimate version of the The Nest.

In any creative project, time is a concern. We plan to deliver this new production of The Nest in late summer 2019.

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    THANK YOU!

    - Thank You & Production Diary Emails -

    You'll receive our thanks and deepest gratitude, and your name will be featured on our show website. Plus you'll be a part of the creative journey with exclusive Production Diary emails, featuring behind the scenes photos and updates as we bring The Nest to life!

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    GREETINGS FROM...

    - Postcard from Josie -

    A piece of the story will come to you - receive in the mail one of three personalized postcards, sent by our main character, Josie.

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    EARLY BIRDS

    -Early Bird Ticket Access & Storage Stories Online Content-

    Receive presale ticket access for our initial 3-month run, and possible future extensions, until you purchase a ticket or the show ends. PLUS get a secret code to the Los Angeles Storage Company website, where you'll get a glimpse into one of the many stories hidden inside the other storage units in the building. (Ticketing note: you'll get access before the general public to purchase one ticket, which is good for entry for either one or two people. Although we will accommodate as many people as possible, presale access does not guarantee ticket availability during our initial 3-month run.)

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    MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1968

    - Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook & Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video -

    Not only are you supporting The Nest - now you're in it! Submit your name, photo and quote to be included in Josie's Class of 1968 high school yearbook, pages of which you'll find inside the actual show! You'll receive a digital copy as a keepsake, too. Now that you're part of the cast, you'll also receive a behind-the-scenes featurette video including an insider look at the creative process, interviews with the cast & crew, and much more!

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    PIGEON POST

    - Special Mail Delivery - ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

    No matter where you're based, our tireless fleet of birds will deliver a parcel of exclusive ephemera and surprises from Josie's storage unit, directly to you! This extra content is exclusive to Kickstarter backers, and will give you additional insight into Josie's life and her story. This will also act as an excellent mini standalone experience for those who live outside of LA and might be unable to see the show!

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    JOIN THE "PUP SCOUTS"

    -ID Card, Enamel Pin, and Member Benefits-

    Become an official Pup Scout member of Scout Expedition Co. You'll receive a membership card and enamel "merit badge" pin. Of course being a member also comes with its own special benefits, and every time you attend one of our shows, we'll have a surprise waiting for you. Could it be an extra audio tape? Something to take home with you? You'll have to find out - every good society has its share of secrets!

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    • Production Diary Emails
    • Postcard from Josie
    • Early Bird Ticket Access
    • "Storage Stories" Online Content
    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video
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    FIRST FLYERS

    - ONE Guaranteed Ticket to See The Nest -

    Skip the pressure of purchasing a ticket when they go on sale to the public. You will receive one guaranteed ticket (good for entry of either one or two people) to our initial 3-month run of The Nest. You'll have your pick of the listed dates and times before everyone else. PLUS, you will receive a special VIP onboarding experience in the mail before the show. We are offering only a very limited amount of tickets through this reward tier, so act quickly!

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    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video
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    VIP TICKET + TOUR

    - ONE ticket & a Backstage Tour -

    Come see The Nest, and then join our Creative Directors for a backstage tour of the show! You will receive one guaranteed ticket (good for entry of either one or two people) for select weekend dates, with time afterwards to chat, check out the set, and get an inside look on how the show is run!

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    • Show Website "Thank You" Page
    • Production Diary Emails
    • Postcard from Josie
    • "Storage Stories" Online Content
    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
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    CAST & CREW PARTY

    - Invitation to our Cast & Crew Party -

    Come hang out with us! You and a guest will join us for an unforgettable celebration with our cast & crew, beverages, and bites amongst the set of The Nest and in our backstage lounge. You'll also receive one guaranteed ticket (good for entry of either one or two people) to see The Nest on a different night.

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    • Show Website "Thank You" Page
    • Production Diary Emails
    • Postcard from Josie
    • "Storage Stories" Online Content
    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video
    • "Pigeon Post" Mail Delivery
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    • One Ticket to The Nest (good for entry of either 1 or 2 people)
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    L.A. STORAGE PATRON

    - Become a Tenant of the LA Storage Company -

    Your name (or the name of a loved one*) will be painted prominently on one of several storage unit doors neighboring Josie's own. It will be one of the first things audiences will see as they begin their show! We will also feature your name with our deepest gratitude in our printed program. Plus, come hang out with us at our cast & crew party, and receive one ticket (good for entry of either one or two people) to see The Nest! *PLEASE NOTE: we may not be able to accept anything besides the name of a person, but if you would like to chat about a specific request in advance, please contact us at greetings@scoutexpedition.co

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    • Show Website "Thank You" Page
    • Production Diary Emails
    • Postcard from Josie
    • "Storage Stories" Online Content
    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video
    • "Pigeon Post" Mail Delivery
    • "Pup Scouts" Member Package & Benefits
    • One Ticket to The Nest (good for entry of either 1 or 2 people)
    • VIP Onboarding Experience
    • Backstage Tour
    • Listed in Our Show Program
    • Your Name Painted on a Storage Unit Door
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    RULE THE ROOST!

    - Private Buyout Night at The Nest -

    As our highest backer, new best friend, and overall favorite person ever, you will receive a private night at The Nest and the most memorable experience we can offer. Creators Jeff and Jarrett will be there to run 4 shows throughout the evening for you and 7 others (2 people per show). We'll serve small bites and cocktails in our comfy lounge, where you can hang out while watching the rest of your friends experience the show.

    Includes:
    • Show Website "Thank You" Page
    • Production Diary Emails
    • Postcard from Josie
    • "Storage Stories" Online Content
    • Inclusion in Josie's High School Yearbook
    • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Video
    • "Pigeon Post" Mail Delivery
    • "Pup Scouts" Member Package & Benefits
    • VIP Onboarding Experience
    • Private Buyout Night - Including 4 shows of The Nest
    • Cast & Crew Party Invite
    • Your Name Painted on a Storage Unit Door
    • Listed in Our Show Program
    • Backstage Tour
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