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This adaptation of the hit Zelda short film “ESCAPE” is halfway through production, will tour festivals in 2014, and will release online in 2015 with your help!
Kennedy J. Baruch
Austin, Texas
United States
7 Team Members

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We will still fulfill ALL perks for PayPal donations (as long as you make sure to fill in the necessary info)!

(If you're wanting an Associate Producer credit, contact Kennedy at BaruchFilms@gmail.com to make sure the last two spots aren't taken!)

The Official Princess in Another Castle IMDb Page

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Joystiq features our film and promo!

“…Escape? Never heard of it. What’s THIS movie about?”

Princess in Another Castle is a feature film, set in 1996, about a lonely eight year old girl, Danni, whose grades continue to slip as she copes with life in a broken home by escaping into her video games. Things start to change for Danni, however, with the arrival of a new school counselor.

Will they change for the better, or for the worse? You’ll have to watch and see, once the full film is available online in 2015!

“So… It’s NOT a fan film?”

Conventionally speaking, neither Princess in Another Castle nor ESCAPE is a "fan film," as neither is a live-action adaptation of any other story. The story, for both films, is more of a very personal tale that's focused on an honest depiction of life (as an introverted youth) in a broken home, in which escapism-by-video games is the saving grace.

You don't have to enjoy fan films (or even video games) to enjoy Princess in Another Castle, but if you do enjoy fan films, we can almost guarantee you'll enjoy what we have in store. It's going to put the Zelda bits in ESCAPE to shame. Speaking of...

“Please say there's more Zelda. I just want more Zelda.”

Yes, there will be more Zelda, but it won’t be that live-action Power Rangers-style from the short film. This time around, Danni has fantasy sequences inspired by multiple games, all of which will be gloriously colorful, stylized, hand-drawn animations.

And the more help we receive from you, the better those animations will be!

“Hrm. How are you going to get away with using these properties owned by other companies?”

Currently we are not creating this film for sale or commercial distribution, but as a project I intend to share for free (assuming it is not picked up for wide distribution). All of of our references to real games and products will fall under the fair use laws, and of course if the nature of the project evolves we will go through the proper steps to get any legal rights necessary to release the film.

“Oh, sweet! So who are some of the people makin’ this thing?”

Kennedy J. Baruch (WRITER/DIRECTOR) is an award-winning filmmaker and animator. He has written and directed a wide range and large number of projects while attending The University of Texas, and is now starting to build an online audience for his work. His student short film, ESCAPE, received a great deal of online acclaim, garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube, and set the ball rolling for his most ambitious, personal, and passion-driven project to date!

Check out Kennedy's IN-DEPTH INTERVIEW, with Nintendo Life, for more!

And check out Kennedy's FIRST ONLINE INTERVIEW, with CNET Australia, for even more!

Geoff Marslett (SPECIAL ADVISOR) is an award-winning filmmaker and animator who has written and directed two feature length films, Mars (2010) and Loves Her Gun (2014), both of which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival before touring festivals worldwide. Geoff is one of the most successful writer-directors based in Austin, and his knowledge of the craft has already helped mold Princess in Another Castle into a project much more sophisticated than its source material, ESCAPE.

This marks the third feature-length project for Jon Cox (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY), an immensely talented filmmaker who shot his first feature film way back in high school – it was called Bindlestiffs (2012), and it won the Audience Award for Feature Narrative at the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. Jon’s incredible knowledge of the technical side of filmmaking has really taken Princess in Another Castle to the next level (no pun intended).

Bryce Biffle (ORIGINAL SCORE) is an active film composer, having scored independent films that have appeared at film festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other venues. He has composed original music for Kennedy's short films for nearly seven years, and his pieces "Solace from Escape" and "Danni's Theme" can be heard in the final minutes of ESCAPE.

Check out some of Bryce's film scores here!

“Okay, so you got some people making it, but who’s in it?”

Our two main actors are pitch perfect for their roles! The downside to casting any kids, however, is that they're going to look significantly older before too long, which is why we need to hurry to wrap production!

This is our leading lady, McKoy Musser! She's playing Danni, and has done an absolutely beautiful job so far. If you thought the performance in ESCAPE was tear-jerking, you ain't seen NOTHIN' yet. 

Despite her age, she is probably the most talented and professional actor Kennedy has worked with yet. 

This is our supporting lady, Ilie Sturhan! She's playing Milana, Danni's new friend, and has given amazing performances so far. She's done what every exceptional supporting actor does: she steals every freakin' scene she's in.

After we reach our first goal, we'll share the casting choices for Danni's parents, Pete and Malerie!

"Cool! Original story, talented cast and crew, passionate writer-director, halfway through production, VIDJYUH GAMES... what's the problem?"

Well, as you probably know, making movies can cost a bit of money (and, apparently, when you decide to do a period piece starring children, it costs even more). 

With your help, if we reach our goal of $10,000 or more, we'll be able to finish the current production by:

  • Renting our last two shooting locations
  • Completing the 1996 production design for Danni's house
  • Feeding our hard working cast & crew (especially the kids)
  • Having a professional sound mix 
  • Paying festival fees, and sending Princess in Another Castle off to play in festivals (and theaters) around the world

For every goal we reach, we'll release A ROUGH SCENE FROM THE FILM TO ALL OF OUR BACKERS!

AND, if we reach our stretch goal of $25,000 or more, we'll be able to:

  • Hire professional animators to increase the quality of animation AND dramatically speed up the film's release
  • Add more rewards for backers
  • Have a professional color correction
  • Hire a small ensemble of live musicians to record the original score

If we manage to raise even more than that, the funds will continue to go toward increasing the quality of post-production, sending the film to play at as many festivals and theaters as possible, and promotions.


Everyone is loving how the film is turning out, but we've had to make many compromises throughout production, which is the result of having such a small budget.

So we think it's really great, but we don't think it's perfect. 

If you help us reach our stretch goal of $90,000, we'll be able to start the production from scratch, and make the best film we can possibly make.

We can stay 100% true to the original vision, without making any compromises, AND:

  • Shoot with higher quality camera and lighting equipment
  • Record on-set sound with higher quality sound equipment
  • Overhaul 1996 production design in previously-shot scenes
  • Hire enough children extras to fill a cafeteria, and shoot the cafeteria scene
  • Pay all of our very hardworking actors
  • Send Princess in Another Castle stickers to everyone who donates $25 or more
  • Send Princess in Another Castle T-shirts to everyone who donates $100 or more
  • And even more!

So please join us! We've got a full team, a solid halfway-finished film, vidjyuh gamez... all we need now is YOU!

And even if you aren't able to contribute, you can still help us by getting the word out! Just give those Indiegogo share tools a quick click!

And if you've read all the way down to this point, congratulations, you and Kennedy are now BFF.

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  • $10USD
    Backer Status!

    You will receive exclusive updates on the progress of production, still photos taken on set, and access to all stretch goal videos!

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    Special Thanks and Shout-Out!

    You will receive a "Special Thanks" credit in the film, a shout-out on the BaruchFilms Twitter, and all of the above rewards! If we reach our $90,000 stretch goal, you'll also receive Princess in Another Castle stickers!

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    Digital Film!

    You will receive a digital copy of the film, as well as all of the above rewards!

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $75USD
    Digital Score!

    You will receive a digital copy of Bryce Biffle's original score, as well as all of the above rewards!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $100USD
    Physical Copies! Signed!

    You will receive a physical copy of the script (signed by the cast and crew), the film (on DVD, signed by Kennedy), and the original score (on CD, signed by Bryce)! You'll also receive all of the above rewards! If we reach our $90,000 stretch goal, you'll also receive a Princess in Another Castle T-shirt!

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $200USD
    A Signed Poster AND a bonus?

    You will receive a poster for the film (signed by cast and crew), and all of the above rewards! AND if we reach our stretch goal of $25,000, you'll receive a printed animation still from the film, signed by Kennedy!

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $500USD
    A Signed Prop AND a bonus?

    You will receive a random prop or featured piece of production design from the film (signed by Kennedy and McKoy), and all of the above rewards! AND if we reach our stretch goal of $25,000, you'll receive an original drawing from (and signed by) Kennedy!

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Associate Producer

    You will receive an "Associate Producer" credit in the film AND on IMDb, an early rough cut of the film, and all of the above rewards!

    4 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Executive Producer

    The BIG one. You will receive an "Executive Producer" credit in the film AND on IMDb, an early digital copy of the script, all of the above rewards, and an invitation to come to our wrap-party and celebrate with the cast and crew (date and time TBD, must make your own travel and lodging accommodations if coming from outside of Austin). You will also be able to request a specific prop or piece of production design, and are encouraged to give feedback on both the script and the film!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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