Rogue Lawman - Pilot Western (Canceled)
Rogue Lawman - Pilot Western (Canceled)
Based on the novels by noted western author Peter Brandvold comes the pilot episode of a groundbreaking new Noir Western series.
Based on the novels by noted western author Peter Brandvold comes the pilot episode of a groundbreaking new Noir Western series. Read more
About this project
What is this?
Rogue Lawman is a western that focuses on Gideon Hawk, a former U.S. Marshal, looking for justice in a treacherous and unforgiving land. A land where living another day was never certain, justice was never clear and where men, women, and children were forced to do desperate things to survive.
What makes The Rogue Lawman different?
It is not the West of the 1950's The Lone Ranger or the West of Gunsmoke, this series will investigate larger, universal themes that are more about the human condition in an un-governable land. This is where the Noir part comes in...it will tell the story of what it meant to be American at that time, "The Heart of Darkness" in the American west.
The Rogue Lawman series shatters the simple good and bad paradigm of traditional westerns and finds something altogether murkier. The Wire, a series that was able to transcend the police procedural to make a statement about the war on drugs and the city news and politics surrounding that war, in much the same way the Rouge Lawman will make a statement about justice, politics, law and order, and myth in the newly expanding territories of the West. As film critic Richard Brody wrote in his review of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "The Western is intrinsically the most political genre, because, it is concerned with the founding of cities, and because it depicts the various abstract functions of government as direct, physical actions. It’s also an inherently romantic genre, because of its connection with the nation’s founding mythology." So in this series we will examine the myth of the Rogue Lawman and how Gideon's actions take on a life of their own.
Sounds awesome, so what's the story?
The first episode of the series does an excellent job at exploring what Gideon Hawk does. As it opens Gideon's trailing a gang of outlaws who've killed all the innocent women and children on board a stagecoach in order to get a strongbox of gold. The second half is more of a chamber piece that explores Gideon's character and motivations before he's back on the plains looking for justice.
Gideon Hawk is a renegade US Marshal who decided to take matters into his own hands after his innocent son was brutally murdered by "Three Fingers" Ned Meade and his gang. After which, his wife unable to bear the loss of their only son, takes her own life. His quest for "Three Fingers" Ned and his gang is only just the beginning and it seems that there is more justice to hand out in the old west that keeps getting "in the way".
Over the course of the web series his desire is to find the men responsible and kill them, unfortunately even his astute detective can't help him, because he has no idea who is actually in the gang and how many men were actually involved in the killing of his son. With limited evidence Gideon finds himself caught in an endless spiral of vengeance against all the evil men of the west. Usually Gideon catches the right criminal, but inevitably sometimes he doesn't.
Within a short period of time we realize Gideon’s pursuit is more about his own demons, and what happens when the hunter becomes the hunted. Gideon is forced to analyze the truths of his own actions and see how the sins of the various outlaws reflect his own.
Some episodes will not focus on Gideon but will focus on other characters trying to capture Gideon or people who have been affected by Gideon's actions. In this way it will resemble The Wire, bringing a larger scope and examination of life and the myths created in the Old West.
Style of the show...
Luckily Dermott Downs brings a wealth of experience to this project from creating the looks of shows like CSI: Miami/Ny, BONES, and will ensure the style of the show moves away from traditional westerns and would edge toward hyper-realism. The action itself will be close and sometimes disorienting.
It is a show where guns often misfire, where horses sh** and lady luck arrives randomly for good and bad. We are going for a style dripping with tension that will propel the viewer right into the middle of the action.
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CHANNON ROE as GIDEON HAWK
Credits include: Chasing Mavericks, Can't Hardly Wait, Boogie Nights, The Hangover Part II
SEYMOUR CASSEL as MELVIN THE RANCHER
Seymour Cassel, the veteran character actor who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the hippie swinger Chet in John Cassavetes' Faces (1968/I), studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and at the Actors Studio. He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows (1959), on which he also served as associate producer. Cassel also co-starred with Cassavetes in two TV movies, Nightside (1973) (TV) and Nightside (1973) (TV) and appeared in supporting roles in three more Cassavetes-directed films: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977) and Love Streams (1984).
In addition to appearing in studio films, Cassel has remained prominent in the American independent film community since the death of his friend and collaborator Cassavetes. He contributed a cameo appearance in the directorial debut of Steve Buscemi (with whom he appeared as a co-star in the black comedy In the Soup (1992)), Trees Lounge (1996), and has appeared in three films by Wes Anderson: Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Seymour continues to keep a busy schedule starring in many independent films and The Rogue Lawman would be his first web series.
MIKE DOYLE - BOUNTY HUNTER - LUKE ROYALE
Credits include: Law and Order: SVU, Rabbit Hole, Green Lantern, A Gifted Man
RYAN MIRVIS - THE BARTENDER
Credits include: Weeds, 1000 Ways to Die, Crafty
More cast to be named shortly...
Who's putting this webisode together?
DIRECTOR - Dermott Downs
Born in the tumultuous 60’s, Dermott Downs grew up on a diet of Shakespeare, Samurai and Saigon. Though separated by time and space, the lens Peter Brandvold puts to the West of the mid 1800’s isn’t really different than the physical and imaginary worlds Dermott inhabited. “Great writers, iconic heroes, dramatic conflicts and political turmoil have been my ethos since I could suck on a rattle. It’s exciting to draw on that, bringing Gideon Hawk’s journey from page to screen.”
A prolific career in television and features followed; Escape to Witch Mountain, Freaky Friday, Little House on the Prairie, Eight is Enough, Movie of the Weeks, including, Loneliest Runner, Summer without Boys and The Morning After, were just a few.
In their late teens most child actors retired or were heading to rehab, Dermott went to college with the purpose of writing a role that would position him as a serious adult actor. Instead, he discovered an artistic passion; Cinematography. Coming of age in the MTV era was a godsend for film makers and experimentation. “One week we’d be underexposing three stops, the next we’d be shooting monochromatic title stock illuminated by lightening machines.”
His first job as a Director of Photography was for the Beastie Boys; Sabotage, directed by Spike Jonz. Many more videos followed; The Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Puff Daddy and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just a few. A commercial career with International spots followed.
Branching into television and film was a relatively easy transition due to the wealth of experience he cultivated in front and behind of the camera. He developed the look and style of CSI Miami and CSI New York, going on to shoot a string of successful pilots that went on to syndication as series. His experience with Jerry Bruckheimer Television proved to be a launching pad for directing and he now bounces between Network and Cable shows with fluidity. Last season, as producer-director of NBC’s CHASE, he oversaw an action packed one hour procedural set in Texas about modern day U.S. Marshal’s hunting the down the worst of today’s criminals. Today, he is excited to develop something classic, unpredictable and original in the western genre, with ‘The Rogue Lawman’ series.
PRODUCER - Nick Allan
Nick has worked in all areas of production but is most recognized for his independent feature producing experience on projects like Dark House and As Good As Dead.
PRODUCER - Peter Lefevre
Peter has been moving steadily through the business from his roots in visual effects on Star Trek: DS9 and Voyager. He also has an extensive background in editing promos at Fox, FX, and NBC. He has also edited reality shows like The Bad Girls Club. Propeller Productions, Peter's Company, produced music videos for such notable artists as Zach Wylde's Black Label Society, Teitur, Ane Brun, Molly McQueen, Perry Ferrel and Simon Collins. He is steadily accruing feature producing credits by developing new material on projects like BURN (2014) and .45 CALIBER REVENGE (2014)
NOVELIST - Peter Brandvold
Peter Brandvold is well known for his pulp western novels that have garnered admirers worldwide. He created not only the popular ROGUE LAWMAN series but also LOU PROPHET - BOUNTY HUNTER and the .45 CALIBER series of western novels. He's the real deal so don't think about crossing Mean Pete!
Spindrift is an incredible LA based band that's committied to providing the music to the show. Their Ennio Morricone influenced group is a perfect addition to the Rogue Lawman team. Spindrift is a cinematically driven, psychedelic western rock band created by singer-songwriter-composer-producer Kirpatrick Thomas. After a career spanning over two decades, the group continues to create music, tour rigorously, and act as a mainstay in the independent film and music scene. They currently have five full-length albums available on labels such as TeePee Records, Xemu Records, and Beat the World. The act has toured the US, Canada, and Europe with bands such as The Dandy Warhols, The Black Angels, Dead Meadow, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Mountain, performed at Festivals such as Austin Psych Fest, SXSW, Rotterdamn, and are featured on many soundtracks and films (such as “Hell Ride” produced by Quentin Tarantino and East Bound & Down, HBO). Founded in 1992, Spindrift originated in Newark, DE and moved to Los Angeles, CA in 2001 where they re-formed to include Bobby Bones (Psychic TV), Dave Koenig, Frankie Emerson and Rob Campanella (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Jason Anchondo (The Warlocks). The early East Coast version of the band was experimentally driven, but inspired by their locale, the band began a new stylistic approach evoking the spirit of the Old West as mythologized by Western Cinema, Spaghetti Westerns in particular. In 2008, the band released the film and soundtrack to "The Legend of God's Gun"(TeePee Records) and in 2010 "Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1" was released on Xemu Records. CSVI was a musical resume for film scoring with every track depicting a different movie theme. In Oct. 2012, the band embarked on a "Ghost Town Tour" where they performed, filmed, and documented performances in Ghost Towns and Historical Landmarks across the Western United States. The footage and recordings from this three-week stint are depicted in the upcoming "Ghost of the West" film and album companion.
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Risks and challenges
On a wedisode of this scope there are always challenges, even with the veteran talent that we've assembled, there are still going to be things we cannot control.
We have stunts and guns which need to be managed properly to ensure nobody gets hurt. A western without guns ain't much of a western, so a tightly run team of experts must be employed with efficient effect.
The budget alone is very tight, we didn't want to burden the sponsors with too much of a cost target to scare them away, so we had to keep a realistic goal. On the other hand, horses and props for a period piece are expensive and we have called in as many favors as possible to make this happen.
Other challenges come in the form of authenticity - we can't just shoot this in our apartments so the set dressing and wardrobe is imperative to get right if we are to maintain the illusion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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