A haunting Neil Gaiman adaptation could use your help

A fledgling filmmaker is trying—with Neil Gaiman's complete cooperation and support— to make a CG adaptation of the author's short story "The Price." It seems, however, that computer-animated flicks are expensive. So that's where you come in.

As animator-director Christopher Salmon explains in this making-of/plea for help, he was so taken with a short story included in Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors, "The Price"—about a black cat who, for reasons unknown, defends a rural family from all manner of threat, no matter the cost—that he decided to adapt it. Salmon contacted Gaiman, who gave his blessing, and got to work.

The lush, stylized, blue-tinged footage—accompanied perfectly by Gaiman's own plummy narration—feels very much of a piece with the best adaptations of Gaiman's work. It feels different, in the way that Coraline felt different, from the rest of the marketplace.

We've no idea whether Salmon's The Price will be good, ultimately. There are lots of ways for things to go wrong on the path from start to finish. Good intentions only get one so far. Still, I'd like to see what Salmon ends up with. In a mass-media world where everything looks a bit like everything else, I'm all for a little bit of different.

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