From the creative mind of Kellie Madison (THE TANK) comes the the idea for an all new action television series THE GATE set to star Yayan Ruhian (THE RAID) and Amy Johnston (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER). In what is being deemed as THE RAID meets DAREDEVIL this series truly sounds extraordinary and is pushing through the latter stages of their KICKSTARTER campaign. The reason for the crowdfunding is to create a teaser to pitch to networks and also create awareness for you the fans. Normally we here at HMU only recap television shows but it’s no way we could pass up spreading the world on THE GATE. With over two weeks left on the campaign now is the time to donate. Read ahead for all the details on the show including how you can contribute.
Filmmaker Kellie Madison (The Tank) is crowd funding for a TV series teaser pitch she is directing and producing called THE GATE, a supernatural saga chronicling the epic battle between good and evil.
The series flashbacks to Cassie Weston’s (played by 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 the evil and avenge her mother’s death. When Indonesian crime lord, Rafael (played by 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,” says Madison. “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 industry 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 the pledges to the project, people 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 the 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 their 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 will run from Thursday, September 17 to Thursday, September 24 – midnight deadline. The Director/Producer, along with the amazing and talented DAVID MACK – creator, author and artist of Kabuki, which is published by Image Comics, and the writer and cover artist for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil, one of the ten best-selling comics in the United States will select the winning design! The costume will be then be created and 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 women directors are stereotyped as being unable to direct action. “I’m determined to prove them wrong!,” says Madison.
The Kickstarter campaign can be found at: