As much as most of us love the fantasy genre, let’s be honest: there aren’t many good films that fall under it. “Lord of the Rings,” yes. “Harry Potter,” I’d say so. But from there, most of us start scratching our heads.

Yet, a team of filmmakers may just change this. Deep in the forges at Arrrowstorm Entertainment, filmmakers are raising funds for The Shadow Cabal—a high fantasy, spaghetti western Web series that may just turn out to be highly awesome.

We had the pleasure of speaking with the film’s producer, Jason Faller, about The Shadow Cabal, what happened to the fantasy genre, and how it can move to the next level.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Could you tell us about the fantasy setting of SAGA: The Shadow Cabal? You mention it’s a fantasy epic in the style of the spaghetti westerns. That’s an interesting take on the fantasy genre. Why did you choose this route?

[box_light]Faller:[/box_light]
Dragon hunterFantasy fans have seen the Northern European fantasy setting (Sherwood Forest or King Arthur’s Europe) for years and years. But video games such as World of Warcraft and a number of Asian fantasy games have expanded the settings for high fantasy so that stories about elves and dwarves, orcs and dragons can take place just about anywhere. The desert setting from American Western lore seems like a good fit for a story that is filled with bounty hunters and mercenaries. SAGA’s gritty and lawless country between Battlegrave and Warspire fits the harsh starkness of the old American West, so we figured “why fight it?” We love Sergio Leone Westerns, and we feel the world is ready for a new fantasy setting.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
You state on your Kickstarter page that, being lovers of fantasy, “We are searching for stories that will revolutionize fantasy. There isn’t enough great fantasy out there in films and TV, and we are going to remedy that, single-handedly if we have to!” This sounds interesting. Could you talk about this a bit?

[box_light]Faller:[/box_light]
Victory over the orcBefore ”Star Wars” and “Alien,” I think it’s fair to say that most science fiction was created without a lot of what I’d call “respect.” Costumes, sets, storylines, and action didn’t have to be of high quality or realistically delivered, or so it seemed, because the science fiction genre had such a low bar that the fans were willing to accept mediocre quality. Well, the same goes for most fantasy content right now. The standard is often pretty low. We want to raise the bar. We want to pay the fantasy genre a lot of respect and create the films that the fans wish for.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Just building off of that, what are some of the tired roads fantasy has been going down that you hope to change?

[box_light]Faller:[/box_light]
The stuff you see on the SyFy channel, for one, and the Arthurian setting, which is sort of medieval plus magic, for another. These are pretty tired roads in my opinion. We want to create some really imaginative fantasy content, the spectrum that exists in fantasy literature but hasn’t made it to TV and film just yet.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
You mention on the site that you decided to make a Web series since it lets fans be more involved in the series. Could you talk about this some more? What benefits do you think the Web can bring?

[box_light]Faller:[/box_light]
A web series has a lot of flexibility. Each season we have a chance to really listen to the fans and create the stories and content that they’re really looking for. We can do online polls, read our user forums, etc. etc. They can help us directly by funding us on Kickstarter.com, where they can really get involved and even get a part in the series or become a producer. When we send our movies out into the world normally, they play on TV and in theaters across the globe, but they are handled by all sorts of distributors in different countries, and there’s no one place where the fans can get together and communicate, share their opinions, talk about what they love and hate, etc. With a Web series, we can really engage with them on an ongoing basis, and those who really care can stay involved and participate as fans in a meaningful way.

[box_light]TechZwn:[/box_light]
Is there anything else you’d like to say?

[box_light]Faller:[/box_light]
Yes, we can’t do it without support. Please support us. Follow us on Twitter, like The Shadow Cabal on Facebook, check out www.theshadowcabal.com, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

You can keep tabs on our company’s activity at www.arrowstormentertainment.com. The Shadow Cabal isn’t our only Fantasy project in the works!

If you really want to support us, become a backer of The Shadow Cabal on Kickstarter.com!

And perhaps the most important thing: tell your friends about us! The more viewers we have when we launch the first episode, the better we can make the series! Thanks so much.

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