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An epic short fantasy film based on the Discworld story "Troll Bridge" by celebrated author Terry Pratchett. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 6, 2011.

An epic short fantasy film based on the Discworld story "Troll Bridge" by celebrated author Terry Pratchett.

Melbourne, AU Shorts
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"The teaser trailer that Daniel Knight and his team have created, has shown what they intend to achieve through their live action short film adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Troll Bridge.  The trailer is beautifully shot and suggests the promise and potential of this mind blowing story … it could ultimately be a wonderful and dramatic take on this much loved tale."

- Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop


Troll Bridge is an epic short film based on a fable written by Terry Pratchett.  Set in the phenomenally successful Discworld series, Troll Bridge is about the world’s last Barbarian hero (now at the age of 87) embarking on a suicide mission to battle a bridge troll in mortal combat.

Troll Bridge aims to be the largest scale short film in history.  Using resources garnered over eight solid years of dedication, love, sweat, and tears – Troll Bridge has already begun exceeding expectations as to what should be anticipated from a short form production.  With the scale of Lord of the Rings, the absurdity of Monty Python, and the intimacy of Into The Wild - Troll Bridge relishes the opportunity to present the Disc in all the grandeur and depth of character she deserves.


To boost the quota of epic-ness in Troll Bridge, a short prologue scene was written (which Terry Pratchett contributed some dialogue for) has already been shot.  This prologue introduces Cohen in his prime, as a young man battling several armies at once.  This scene was built to counter balance and strengthen the intimacy of the later scenes with Cohen, empowering the viewers to appreciate and relate to the challenges of age that Cohen now finds himself in.  For all intents and purposes – Cohen’s journey to Death Bridge in which the troll resides, heralds the expectation that it will his last.  To adequately depict Cohen at the end of adventure – it’s important to show him at the beginning.

A teaser trailer for this portion of the film is now online.  While it doesn’t reveal the direction we want to take the remainder of the film (we haven’t shot it yet!) – it does adequately communicate the scale and quality we wish to continue shooting in.

That’s what this funding drive is all about!


Let’s be clear about this, not a single cent of this funding drive is to be spent on wages.  Every dollar that goes into it – you will see on screen.  The entire process; from direction to catering to art design and costuming to acting and armoring – is all being done on a volunteer basis.  The entire cast and crew (although all professionals in their field) are in this project for the passion of it.

That means we’re spending this money on building the bridge set, warehouse hire for the set, equipment hire, bigiature construction, costuming materials, travel, make-up and so on and so forth.  If we exceed this limit (and we certainly hope we do), we’ll be spending that additional money on better equipment, better materials, and better locations.  Not a single cent will be wasted – it’s vitally important to us that we do justice to Terry Pratchett’s work.


If you are part of a community, or have an active social media profile, please take the time to let your members, audience, or friends and family know about this project.  Word of mouth is our best way of raising awareness of this film – and in that regard your help is invaluable!  Please let people know about this page.

Also take the time to fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to us on YouTube.  Keep up to date with the project’s status and evolution.  We’re very active on all three media platforms, and if you have any questions or comments – we’d love to hear from you!

You can also email us directly at


For more stills, photos, media coverage and more, please visit the official Troll Bridge website here.



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    The Jason Anthony Discworld Monthly Reward gives you an exclusive button badge featuring either Cohen, Mica or the Horse! Your choice! For the price of a beer you can wear this fashionable accessory on any item of clothing you should choose to wear it on!

    Please note that this reward does not stack with any of the other rewards below. It is exclusive only to this reward.

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    Online credit! Want your name associated with the biggest short film of all time? Then this is the way to do it!

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    Online credit PLUS we post you all three exclusive Jason Anthony Discworld Monthly button badges! Please note that this reward does not stack with other rewards.

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    A downloadable version of the Special Edition DVD with making of documentaries and commentaries!

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    The above ain’t just downloadable baby! We send you the official hard copy DVD set, complete with slip, case and artwork!

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    Instead of a boring standard definition DVD… we send you a blu-ray Special Edition version of the film! And a selection of collectable movie stills to go with it!

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    The above stacks! Plus you get the official sized movie poster for the ultimate collectors set!

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    Exactly the same as the above - but this time the poster is signed by the director and four other cast and/or crew members of your choice! Squee!

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    The above stacked items PLUS a thank you phone call from the director, producer, Mica or Rincewind!

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    A personalised uploaded thank you video from the cast and crew… in the form of a poem which will include your name and any subject you should choose for us to cover! Plus the above stacked items!

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    Associate Producer Credit (on the film and thus imdb), a small slide of the directors blood, and an invitation for you and a guest to the wrap party screening in Melbourne OR the London premiere where you will get to sit in the VIP section with the director and be plied with free alcohol. You just need to figure out which one you’re going to and how you’re going to get there! You also get the above.

Funding period

- (90 days)