About this project
ABOUT THE SHOW:
New Promo as of 11/27/12
- Interview with Ralph King, Creator/Director of The Cliff Dwellers
- Cast Interviews and Backers Rewards.
- Interview with Jeff Miller writer of the Cliff Dweller series.
Science fiction and film noir combine in the thrilling adventure THE CLIFF DWELLERS, a new graphic novel series with a unique look and style never seen before. Created by Ralph King, this action-packed serial combines still photographs, animation and live-action movement to create a totally new concept in internet-tainment.
Remember the days when you used to go to the comic book store each week to pick up the latest issue of your favorite series? Our app is going to create that same kind of excitement. Working on a subscriber basis, new episodes will be accessed through the app allowing you to thrill to the latest adventure starring our great cast. A modern story deserves a modern medium and we are creating an app that will deliver a new episode to your device on a regular basis!
In THE CLIFF DWELLERS, we learn that our world is mirrored by a dark and desolate parallel earth ruled over by the tyrannical and deadly despot known only as “Myster E.” Each one of us has a double in the other world—one who looks just like us yet remains different in many ways. Only one family has ever possessed the knowledge to traverse the dimensions and switch places with their doppelgangers—a dynasty of scientists, magicians and troublemakers known as the Havocks.
Martin Havock (Tom Konkle) is an industrialist on our world who lives with his beautiful wife Rachel (Brittney Powell) in the Hollywood Hills, symbolically dwelling in the cliffs like America's native ancestors. Martin soon finds he is able to mystically cross over to the parallel universe, switching places with his counterpart.
This other Havock, a hard-boiled investigator, has learned that “Myster E.” is putting together the pieces of a device that will allow him to open a portal so that he can strip our earth of its resources. Together with his sharp shooting lover Rache' (also Brittney Powell), the two have obtained the last piece that “Myster E.” needs—a mysterious relic which they hope to hide from him here on our world. But “Myster E.” has sent his winged warrior woman Eris (Felicia Chong) to retrieve the relic no matter what the cost. Providing Havock with support is his con man/magician father, Harry Havock (Bill Jackson), who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve as well as the secret behind the family’s ability to traverse dimensions.
With the fate of two worlds at stake, our Havock soon finds himself in the other world forced into the role of hero and savior--for which he is unprepared. The two Martins must work together across an ocean of time and space to save both of their worlds from the diabolical plans of “Myster E." Along the way, Martin finds himself at odds with Rachel / Rache' the woman he loves.
Versatile actor, TOM KONKLE,plays Martin Havock bringing an equal amount of his charm and acting talent to both the tough-talking investigator and the out-of-his-league businessman trapped in a world he never made. An award winning actor, Tom also writes and directs and is currently working on his dream project the award winning TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS (Best Film at the 2012 LA Neo Noir Film Festival). Tom has appeared on the shows SAFETY GEEKS: SVI, LUCK, INVENTION WITH BRIAN FORBES, SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER and COMMUNITY. Tom has also worked with members of Monty Python and has extensive theater and television credits.
The luminous BRITTNEY POWELL stars as Rachel/Rache'. Intense, talented and spirited, Brittney gained a cult following for her recurring role of Brunnhilda on XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. She has appeared in the films TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS (Best Actress Winner at the 2012 LA Neo Noir Film Festival), AIRBORNE and THAT THING YOU DO as well as roles in the TV series WEIRD SCIENCE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, PACIFIC PALISADES, TITANS and SAFETY GEEKS: SVI. Brittney's beauty, humor and presence bring to life both sides of her character(s) and add human interest to this tale of parallel worlds and magical warriors.
The winged warrior Eris is portrayed by the beautiful FELICIA CHONG. A model and actress, Felicia has appeared in the films LAST CALL, KING OF THE UNDERGROUND and THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR and was featured on an episode of MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER. She has done extensive modeling work and is currently designing her own line of lingerie. Felicia makes Eris a sexy siren who will steal your heart—literally!
Upcoming episodes will introduce Martin Havock's father—a magician/con man named Harry who lives in both realities and is a possible threat in ours. A veteran of stage, radio, screen and television, BILL JACKSON will be taking the role bringing his skills and humor to the demanding dual part. Seen most recently on the Tonight Show sketch "Glee Traffic School," Bill's been involved with the industry for a long time (SEINFELD, MELROSE PLACE, GENERAL HOSPITAL, SANTA BARBARA, KNOT'S LANDING, DALLAS [the original,] and several film and stage productions). He is an asset to the series as well as a great talent.
The Creative Team
RALPH KING is the creator and mastermind of this project. An accomplished cinematographer, still photographer, director camerman and high definition specialist, Ralph has been in the business for decades and has worked on such films and TV shows as CSI: NY,LAS VEGAS , HAWTHORNE, THE MIDDLEMAN, THREE RIVERS, SHOWTIME "ALPHA 26 X"; and the smash hit DEXTER. Ralph has a unique vision of what CLIFF DWELLERS is going to be and his infectious charm and humor has helped to draw together a talented cast to make his dream a reality.
Film historian and writer JEFF MILLER is penning the series. Having done over 100 documentaries for Passport Productions, Miller also writes books and articles about classic horror and comedy films as well as radio plays and comic books. The former manager of Hollywood's Rocket Video, he is also a script consultant and participates in local theater. Jeff has been a lifelong fan of horror, science fiction, murder mysteries, film noir and comics and hopes to bring elements of all those areas into this new venture.
Composer, arranger and performer CHRISTOPHER JAMES BERRY will be providing music for the CLIFF DWELLERS series. Born in Boston, but based in the UK, this multi-talented and versatile musician has played alongside such groups and individuals as the Indigo Girls, the Pixies, Dead Can Dance, Throwing Muses, Heidi Berry and Narada Michael Walden among many others. Berry is a master of guitar, mandolin, cello, keyboards and trumpet and is a member of the band the Titans. Along with several albums, Berry's work has been used on TV series and films including BAYWATCH, BURYING THE DEAD and THE MOON AND THE SUN. His unique style and musical talents are an asset to this production adding just the right touch to the stylized drama and excitement of the series.
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Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
With THE CLIFF DWELLERS, we are hoping to create a brand new way of watching images by combining animation, audio and live action into a graphic novel styled presentation. This is going to be a unique and exciting app that is sure to be a hit and will appeal to fans of sci-fi, film noir, radio shows, comic books and many more. This is your chance to be a part of this innovative project from the very beginning. We hope to use the money we raise to complete our first episode!
Naturally, with any avant-garde project like this, there are going to be risks and challenges. We are trying to do something that we believe has never been done before so not only is there the challenge of finding the right audience and gaining their acceptance. We are learning as we go, working with the new technology of apps and developing an innovative and unique format.
Up to this point, we have been working with no outside capital or investment. A small group of dedicated individuals has been doing all the work—in fact, the entire post- production angle has been a one-man show. The backing we are seeking is a small start in covering initial costs; eventually we will need further capital to cover expanded post requirements; a larger cast and crew; shooting costs including catering, props, costumes; studio space; etc. Thus far we have been doing strictly still shooting. Ultimately we want to include live action movement in HD . Again, this will require a larger crew and more additional funding.
The risk we are undertaking is the creation of something new and hoping that it will find an audience to embrace it. The challenge is to get to the next level of production - but we all believe so strongly in what we are creating, that we are willing to face those obstacles knowing we are on the cusp of something wonderful, innovative and spectacular.
We need your help to make THE CLIFF DWELLERS a reality. LET'S CREATE SOME HAVOCK!
You can see our promo for THE CLIFF DWELLERS on this page. The hi-def streaming video above will give you a good idea of the look and style of our presentation. With the money you pledge, we will be able to work towards:
• completing our first episode
• paying our cast and crew for their time and effort
• providing materials, props and costumes for shoots and
• shaping this material into the proper format
• starting work on the next four episodes
• finding studio space for photo and film shoots
• covering advanced and extensive post production costs
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