Princess in Another Castle hits Indiegogo

Kennedy Baruch's film about an isolated little girl who escapes into video games has hit the crowdfunding platform for funds to finish production.

Kennedy Baruch's film about an isolated little girl who escapes into video games has hit the crowdfunding platform for funds to finish production.

McKoy Musser as Danni. (Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

We saw a teaser for love-letter to video games Princess in Another Castle last month, and now creator Kennedy Baruch has lifted the lid a little more on his film with a proper trailer — and an Indiegogo campaign to finish the film.

So far, Baruch said, the production team has gotten by with just US$4000 — not bad for a 90-minute feature film. Now, he is asking for US$10,000 more to complete the film.

The original film, Escape, just under 10 minutes long, was made on a budget of just US$500. It tells the tale of Danni, isolated, lonely, shunned and misunderstood, who turns to video games — in particular, The Legend of Zelda — as a place away from the sadness that is her real-world existence. It's a theme to which many of us can relate.

Princess in Another Castle expands Danni's story. "There's an emotional complexity to it now, as Danni actually has a couple positive influences in her life this time — the new school counsellor, and her new best friend, Milana, who might be my most favourite original character I'll ever write," Baruch explained to CNET Australia last month. "I really think people will have the same types of reactions, but built up over a much longer stretch of time, and with some performances that are amazing; McKoy Musser, who plays Danni, has given an astonishing performance."

Every little bit will help — Baruch has opted for flexible funding on Indiegogo, which means he will receive funds, whether the goal is reached or not. If all goes according to plan, the film will be released in November of this year.

If you'd like to back Baruch's film, head over to the Princess in Another Castle Indiegogo campaign page.

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