Terry Pratchett's Troll Bridge, as it was meant to be seen

Many have loved Terry Pratchett’s short epic “Troll Bridge,” about Cohen the Barbarian, a once-mighty warrior who has become a tottering old man, out of step with the post-barbarian times. Now a group of talented filmmakers want to adapt it.

And you can help make their crazy-ass vision a reality! Even Terry Pratchett has given it his blessing.

The crew at Snowgum Films is asking people to donate to help complete their film. On Kickstarter, they write:

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. [Hit “click to view” to see the Kickstarter video.]

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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 (see the movie at the top). 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!

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Snowgum Films is looking for $45,000 to finish this film - they need to do shooting and effects, and that’s what the money would go towards. Given what they’ve already accomplished, I think it’s safe to say that Pratchett’s vision is safe in this group’s hands. Plus, their Kickstarter video with Cohen talking to his horse is utterly priceless.


Help make Troll Bridge happen by donating today.

Update, 10:10 a.m., May 6, 2020: This post has been updated to remove a video that is no longer available.


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Was I watching the wrong clip? I just saw some guy beating up other guys. No troll.