Damsel (2012) is an independent short produced as a senior thesis project for Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications. It is co-executive produced by seniors Amy Obarski, Joshua Nelson, and Elizabeth Kloczkowski.
Damsel is a fun, witty story about a scrappy princess, Arianna, who fights for her right to rule, even though she is constantly put down as being a worthless girl. She hacks her way through goblins, wizards and knights in order to make her voice heard. Along the way she meets Sir Landrin, a dashingly handsome yet useless knight; Molomir, her adorably feeble goblin admirer; Rothgar, an evil wizard with a knack for showmanship; and Fergus, a hilarious and progressive-thinking slave; among many others.
The story is a riot; its message is clear, and the writers had a blast throwing in elements that make this film characteristically medieval and gritty, yet comedic. It is very special effects makeup heavy; think Ironclad (2011) meets Kingdom of Heaven (2005), meets Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).
What We Need & What You Get
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In total, this film will cost around $12,000 (we hope to raise up to this amount).
We need this money for:
- An ensemble of talented SAG cast members for over 10 roles. (over $2000)
- Gas to transport our cast and crew to and from our destination locations (Carver, Massachusetts and Little Falls, NY) and location fees (over $1400)
- Specific equipment that the school does not make available to us ($500)
- Food for a massive cast and crew on 8 shooting days and 3 prep days (over $1200)
- The Production Design; period specific costumes, weapons, prosthetic makeup, armour, and more (over $3050)
- Materials (press kits, HD tapes, etc.) and submissions fees for film festivals ($1000)
Our very talented crew members have a long history of great short film successes. Producers and production designers have created projects like "Best Laid Plans" (2011), "Crosses" (2012) and Skip Landon's 2011 Golden Doorknob Award Winner "Grogg"; our cinematographer shot the beautiful David Ames 2012 Award Winner "Adelaide," and our director is currently wrapping the student-led feature-length comedy, "The Market" (2012).
DAMSEL is a highly ambitious film; its size in production value and cast makes it especially challenging, yet exciting at the same time. It is being shot on the SONY F3, one of the Park School's new super 35mm digital production cameras.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please spread the word about this project! Please send this page to anyone you think might be interested, and get psyched for our screening in December! If you're interested in being a peasant, damsel, or knight extra, please contact our casting agent at DamselCast@gmail.com.
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