Charlie Kaufmann’s pen has produced some of the most inventive and charmingly off-kilter films of the last decade. Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; these are all examples of the twisted genius he has brought to Hollywood.
So when the talented and critically lauded writer decided to finally don the director’s hat with Frank & Francis with Jack Black and Nicolas Cage in the cast, you’d think that Hollywood would just be whipping out their checkbooks. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, and the project is now stuck.
Kaufman is not going to make that mistake on his second directorial project though, and that’s where you guys come in.
While the internet is largely just comprised of cats that can’t spell and Nicolas Cage’s avian hair, every once in a while it produces something amazing. Such as Kickstarter, the online platform from which creators of just about anything, from video games, to web series, to toothpick ballistas can get complete strangers (you and me) to invest in their project and turn their dreams into a reality.
And that’s exactly what Kaufmann is trying to do with Anomalisa, a small budget stop-motion animation film that the writer is making with Community creator Dan Harmon and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole creator Dino Stamatopoulos. Other than it being about “a man crippled with the mundanity of his life”, not much else is known about the project, but to be fair, based on the amount of talent involved alone, this should be a no-brainer.
Kaufmann and friends have created this video, to explain their motivations behind the film and to give a taste of the visual wizardry they will be employing in it.
When I checked this morning, they were on approximately $60 000 of the goal of $200 000 with 59 more days to go, so if you are the type of film fan who’d like to see interesting and inventive stories instead of just the next Generic Explodathon Part VII: Explode Harderer, then head on over to their Kickstarter page and make a difference.
Last Updated: July 12, 2012