Apparently playing a similar titling trick to Paranorman, Anomalisa is to be a new stop motion film, written by Eternal Sunshine‘s Charlie Kaufman, produced by Community‘s Dan Harmon and directed by Duke Johnson, previously responsible for Morel Orel, Frankenhole and the Community special, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.
There’s a plot blurb already:
The film follows a celebrated motivational speaker travelling the country, changing the lives of countless people. But in the course of transforming others, his life has become hollow and meaningless. It’s a grey and monotonous existence where people literally look and sound identical.
Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of “aliveness”, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.
In order to raise funds for the film, they’re going for crowd funded dollars.
Crikey. You have to love Kickstarter when it gives projects like this a chance to exist, and exist free from corporate interference. Listen to this (somewhat on-the-nose) promise:
Can you imagine the unique world of Charlie Kaufman realised in stop motion without the influence of the Hollywood studio system? Just a true, uncorrupted artistic endeavour built with the blood sweat and tears of countless artisans. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Which is why I’m e-mailing the wife right now to get some of our money in the pot.
Here’s the trailer.
More projects with Robert Smigel and Louie CK? Thank you, crowdfunding model.
Now, studios. Maybe you want to fight back and start offering full-control, final cut contracts to some of the filmmakers taking their projects to Kickstarter? It won’t cost you much – this campaign, for example, is asking for only $200,000 dollars. Will do your reputations a lot of good too.