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In the Works: Charlie Kaufman and Dan Harmon Crowdfund 'Anomalisa' Via Kickstarter

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 12, 2012 at 5:00PM

Instead of dealing with studio ringmarole, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and "Community" creator Dan Harmon now have a Kickstarter page for their stop-motion feature "Anomalisa."
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"Anomalisa"
"Anomalisa"

Instead of dealing with studio rigmarole, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and "Community" creator Dan Harmon now have a Kickstarter page for their stop-motion feature "Anomalisa."

Kaufman and Harmon are collaborating with Dino Stematopolous (who created Adult Swim's "Moral Orel" and plays Star-Burns on "Community") to produce, and Duke Johnson (also a "Community" alum) will be directing.

The Kaufman-Harmon-Johnson team goes by the name "Starburns Industries" and is hoping to raise $200K to get "Anomalisa" made. They are offering some seriously cool rewards for backers, including a 20-page custom screenplay by Harmon for those pledging $5000 or more, a full handcrafted set of "Anomalisa" stop-motion figurines for $7,500 or more, and an executive producing credit (plus a Twitter thank you) for $10K or more. We know what you're thinking: How much does one have to pledge for a Charlie Kaufman 20-page custom screenplay? If only that were a prize!

Both Harmon and Kaufman have time to dedicate themselves to this project. Harmon was dismissed by Sony execs (or as he put it on his Tumblr page, "I got fired") as showrunner from "Community" in May, and Kaufman's would-be upcoming project "Frank or Francis" seems to be in permanent limbo.

Their Kickstarter page synopsis:

"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."

This article is related to: Charlie Kaufman, Dan Harmon, Kickstarter , Digital Future, Animation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.