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Cassandra's Castle TV Miniseries

Magic. A rebellion. And a teenager's heart is torn between a cause and a king.

Cassandra's Castle TV Miniseries

Magic. A rebellion. And a teenager's heart is torn between a cause and a king.

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Last updated September 15, 2015

About

A Historical Fantasy

Cassandra’s Castle is a story about a teenager who, against sound advise, opens a portal to another world and time travels to the early 1900s. Arriving in a magical kingdom she meets Silvio the wizard and his Xylonites, the little people who inform her she's a princess.

The Xylonites are the little people that live with the wizard Silvio
The Xylonites are the little people that live with the wizard Silvio
Silvio warns Cassie not to join Valerio's cause.
Silvio warns Cassie not to join Valerio's cause.

Silvio would rather Cassie forget she is royalty, "Too many people wanting the Crown already!" The wizard's treaty with the king, and a magical alliance with the gypsies, play a part in the coming war.

But Cassie turns her back on him, swept away by a handsome cavalry officer, Valerio, who entreats her to join him in liberating the city of Alisubbo from a tyrannical ruler. Once she sympathizes with the rebels it is too late to turn back regardless of who the tyrant is.

Valerio
Valerio
Even Jovita warns Cassie.
Even Jovita warns Cassie.
The conspiracy
The conspiracy

Cassandra's Castle is adapted from the novel of the same name, which I authored and will be published in the near future. The story is inspired by the heart-wrenching tale of Portugal's last king, don Manuel II.

In 1908, when Manuel was 17 years old, his father and brother were murdered in an open carriage while returning from a trip. Manuel’s loss was phenomenal.  Forced to sit on a throne he was not prepared for, he ruled a nation in turmoil for as long as he could. Two years after the regicide the castle was bombed and Manuel and his mother were forced into exile never to return to their beloved Portugal.

Cassie and the young king Martim.
Cassie and the young king Martim.

Cassandra's Castle is based on a coming of age theme. What does it take to understand the difference between the romanticized version of rebellion and freedom, and the often quite different reality of war? It is a question that should be asked by any generation, not just naïve young girls.

Huge potential for a franchise

Because Cassandra's Castle is book 5 in a fantasy series The Ian's Realm Saga, and because I have book 6 already written and book 7 in the works, the potential for this miniseries is astronomical. So much can be done with the storyline and the characters.

Some of Seattle's top talent are involved in Cassandra's Castle, from Karolyn "ZuZu" Grimes who plays Sister Bernadice and has a history of filmmaking including It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, to talent such as Simone Leorin, a seasoned actor from Italy, William Michael Paul who is also our director, Jr-Cindy Brest-Lemos, Jennifer Angelucci-Medina, Bruce Weech who is also one of our producers, Andrew Tribolini, Dave Shector and many more. To learn more about the story, and to see the people involved and follow our progress, please visit our website.

All Local

We've already scouted most of our locations and can film right here in Washington with local talent both seasoned in film and stage.

Just secured! We have permission to film several of our scenes on El Primero a steam yacht built in 1893. This vessel was once considered one of the most luxurious yachts on the West Coast of the United States having transported notables such as Teddy Roosevelt. With a rich history, El Primero is under renovation but her Edwardian interior is perfect for our story. She'll be playing the part of The Felicia, the yacht owned by the royal family.

We hope to do a short documentary on its history as part of our behind- the-scenes appendices and to help raise awareness of this beautiful historical vessel.

The El Primero
The El Primero
The dining cabin, El Primero
The dining cabin, El Primero

Logistics

  • I'm Dianne Lynn Gardner, the author. I am also the screenwriter for Cassandra's Castle TV Miniseries. You can see more of my work on IMDb and my author page on Amazon. The Ian's Realm Saga.. The original screenplay, a collaboration between myself and Crystal Lin Smithwick placed as a semi-finalist, out of 2400 entries, in the Creative Screenwriters competition. We had originally written the script for a feature length film, but I liked the idea of doing a series that would enrich the story line and deepen the characters. The story Cassandra's Castle can be told in two seasons, six episodes per season.
  • Our plan is to film as much of the first three episodes as we can with the money we raise now so that we have a package deal to take to distributors. We have someone working that end of the project already and will be pitching it to several distributors both domestic and foreign.
  • We've created a budget for both the pilot, and for filming three episodes together to cut costs. Again, our stretch goals will reflect the latter.
  • Costumes are designed, budgeted and we have a blue print for each character's wardrobe. Our costume designer Vicki Baltmiskis is working hard having completed at least a third of the wardrobe we will need.
  • Props. We are staying as close to period authentic as possible with both weaponry and other props. Timothy Bryan from Brothers of Oceanic Mercenaries will be providing gypsy manpower and firearm replicas for combat. Fencing coach Tom Martin from Kitsap Fencing Center is our consultant in sword and fencing gear, Tom has been working with our actors since last October training them in the art of fencing and choreographing the final climatic duel between Valerio and Martim.
Tom Martin coaching Sean Peck-Collier and Hayden James
Tom Martin coaching Sean Peck-Collier and Hayden James
  • Cinematography will be orchestrated by Tylor Jones, a well established and talented Director of Photography in the Seattle area. The camera he uses is a Red Epic. 
  • Director William Michael Paul will be directing and playing the part of Silvio. William has worked in the industry for many years and is an excellent acting coach as well.
  • Music will be scored by composer and award winning filmmaker Sammy Applegate who is currently a member of the RPM music prep team and an assistant to Emmy award winning composer Stephen T. Cavit.
  • Speaking of music, we have some musicians creating a theme song for Cassandra's Castle. Meryl M. Ledbrooke from England wrote the song, rewriting the lyrics to fit Cassie's musings toward Valerio. Jonathan Moore and Francis Emmanuel Santana arranged the song, using a spanish guitar to give it a latin sound and Jacqueline Batlmiskis is the vocal. They aren't finished yet but here's a sample of the chorus.

 The cost of this project from this point forward is broken down as follows.

Where the money is being spent.
Where the money is being spent.
Detail
Detail

To learn more and follow our progress, read historical tidbits, please visit us on Facebook.

Below are only a few of the rewards that we're offering. You also have a chance to join us on set and at our premiere as well as enjoy the Ian's Realm Saga in both digital and tradeback editions.

Our official poster
Our official poster
A sample of earrings from Tearrings
A sample of earrings from Tearrings
There are ALWAYS bloopers to share!!
There are ALWAYS bloopers to share!!
Karolyn plays Sister Bernadice in Cassandra's Castle.
Karolyn plays Sister Bernadice in Cassandra's Castle.
Martim's sword. A stage replica of a rapier.
Martim's sword. A stage replica of a rapier.

Risks and challenges

There's always risk involved with filmmaking. The team is aware that not all projects make their way to the screen. However, we have a dedicated cast and crew that has come this far on sweat labor offering their services in faith that this project will come to completion. Add financial support to the perseverance, tenacity and passion of this team, and I find it difficult to conceive that our efforts won't come to fruition.

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