The magic of Kickstarter and its potentially massive influence on modern filmmaking continues to grow as writer Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich) teams up with Community’s Dan Harmon for the completely stop-motion animated film, Anomalisa.
The film also will be directed by Duke Johnson, who previously created Adult Swim favorites Moral Orel and Frankenhole. He also worked with Harmon for the Community episode “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”
The trio hopes to fund the film completely through Kickstarter in an effort to escape the restrictive bonds of those Hollywood types. Possible gifts to contributors include studio tours, preview screenings and even mention in the film’s credits. The project is quickly approaching the halfway point of its $200,000 goal. Personal investments range from $15 to $10,000. The tail end of the video also teases possible future projects that would feature Robert Smigel and Louis C.K.
Here’s a brief synopsis of Anomalisa: “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.”
Watch an animated trailer describing the project below.