Studio Ghibli fandom has taken a group of British fans to a rather exciting endeavour as they embark on making a live-action fan-film inspired by Princess Mononoke, one of the studio’s well received animated films. Called ‘Wolf Girl,’ the story is set 600 years after the epic adventure of Princess Mononoke. The production team, each a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 creation, was already appointed and a trailer made available. Now the fan-film seeks help from Studio Ghibli enthusiasts to complete the project.
The story, which is “a fairytale of wondrous creatures in a world inspired by Studio Ghibli,” happens 600 years after Princess Mononoke saved the forest. As the trailer states, “Humanity has forgotten, but the forest remembers… And needs a princess once again.” Unlike before, the new princess happened to be a lost city girl, who just found herself in the forest. The story is going to be “a modern-day Mononoke-inspired adventure.”
The production team is resorting to Kickstarter, an online funding platform, in order to continue and complete the live-action fan-film. Director Nate Drake and Producer Georgie Yukiko Donovan appealed to fellow Princess Mononoke fans to make Wolf Girl a reality. The other members of the production also expressed their encouragement to have the fans extend their support for Wolf Girl. The film accepts pledges as little as £1 (about 158 yen/$1.60) to £5,000 (around 788,000 yen/$7,930) through their Kickstarter page.
Using puppetry and creature effects, the Kodama forest spirits will be brought to life. As the story is set in the forest, the production team wanted to make sure that Wolf Girl will be a nature-friendly film. Some of the funds they will collect will be used to “hire filming equipment that won’t harm the forests.” In addition, the people behind the film assured that through fans’ backing, they will be able to “organise the production of Wolf Girl to have minimal impact on the forest and preserve this precious environment for generations to come!” Their promise comes with the exclamation.
[via Rocket News]