Crowdfunding efforts for filmmaker Kellie Madison’s teaser pitch for a new TV series she is directing and producing called “The Gate” have kicked off, and we have the early details right here. “The Gate” is a supernatural saga chronicling the epic battle between good and evil.
The series will include flashbacks to Cassie Weston’s (Amy Johnston, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) childhood days when she and her sister, Kate, are forced to the streets after her drug-addicted mother dies tragically under the control of a Haitian Voodoo cult leader. Cassie then makes it her life’s mission to become a vigilante crime-fighter to rid the world of evil and avenge her mother’s death. When Indonesian crime lord Rafael (Yayan Ruhian, The Raid: Redemption) gets word of her bestowed angelic powers, he quickly becomes Cassie’s worst enemy.
Madison has an arsenal of credits that speak to her creativity and storytelling skills, including Project Imagination’s The Caul and Open Road Films’ The Tank. “We have assembled a world-class team dedicated to the success of this series,” she says. “This is a project that, with just a small contribution, fans can be a huge part of as we bring it to life as a television series.”
“The Gate’s” Kickstarter campaign has two goals in mind:
1- Raise funds to shoot a 6-minute teaser pitch to show networks the style, tone, and genre of the series. Yayan, Amy, the EMC Monkeys, and their talented crew, including respected camera operator George Billinger (War of the Worlds, Terminator Salvation, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will rehearse fight choreography for four days and shoot for three days. In exchange for pledges to the project, people will receive rewards including, but not limited to, a one-hour martial arts lesson with Amy Johnston and a chance to watch the action LIVE by getting to be an EXTRA in the teaser!
2 – Develop an audience for the TV series. If “The Gate” can prove to networks that a significant number of people have backed the campaign and are wanting to see the series get legs, networks will have a hard time ignoring a built-in audience.
The production also just launched the “DESIGN CASSIE WESTON’S SUPERHERO COSTUME!” contest:
What would a superhero be without his or her costume? Superhero costumes are powerful, emblematic things because they help establish character, create a brand, and prepare the hero for battle. For a $25.00 donation, people have the chance to submit a costume design for Cassie Weston to wear in the teaser.
The contest kicked off yesterday, September 17th, and runs to 12:00 midnight, Thursday, September 24th. The director/producer, along with the amazing and talented David Mack (creator, author, and artist of Kabuki, which is published by Image Comics, and writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, one of the ten bestselling comics in the United States) will select the winning design. The costume will then be created, Amy Johnston will wear it in the pitch teaser, and the world will see your design come to life!
“Recent box office numbers indicate that audiences are tiring of the prequel, sequel, remake game and are turning to television for entertainment. ‘The Gate’ gives people the best of both worlds – incorporating visually cinematic action, compelling characters, and original content,” says Madison.
Madison is also passionate about becoming a viable commercial director in the action genre market space. Recent media presence has indicated that female directors are stereotyped as being unable to direct action. “I’m determined to prove them wrong!” says Madison.
Click here for more info on the Kickstarter campaign, and check out the pitch video below.