Christopher Salmon hopes to turn Neil Gaiman's "The Price," a story about a black cat, into an animated film.

Pleasant Grove resident Christopher Salmon is ahead of the filmmaking game.

Salmon's vision — bringing author Neil Gaiman's short story, "The Price" to life — has already secured the celebrated author's blessing. But if the filmmaker isn't able to raise enough funds for the movie, the project will collapse.

Gaiman, author of stories-turned movies such as "Stardust" and "Coraline," has also agreed to serve as the film's narrator.

To finance "The Price," Salmon isn't turning to big Hollywood studios, but to a new creative project-funding site called.Kickstart.

The Kickstart concept allows fans to support the project in a "true by fans for fans" funding approach. Through Kickstart, film supporters will be able to have a truly novel hand in bringing the tale of a mysterious black cat and the family it protects to animated life. Donations raised through Kickstarter will be used to create all aspects of the film from design, music and production.

However, there is a catch. The fund-raising drive is deadline driven and ends on Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m. If donations don't meet fund-raising goals, Salmon's project doesn't receive any of the funds already pledged

With more than 1,000 supporters, including Apple's Steve Wozniak and Gaiman, "The Price" is on its way to meeting its fund-raising goals. Yet, with the largest Kickstart financial request to date of $150,000, there is still a long road to the finish line.

Fans' web-based comments remain positive that the goal can be reached by the deadline.

"Neil's incredible story is one that touched me deeply — and judging from the amazing fan response so far — one that has touched hundreds of others as well. I can't wait to make this film." Salmon said.

Salmon and his team, including co-producer Nathaniel Hansen, will utilize a variety of different processes to create the feeling of a graphic novel come-to-life by combining 2D and 3D animation techniques.

Curious? Visit www.theprice-movie.com.

— Emily Hadfield