Charlie Kaufman wants to make a stop-motion animated film, and he’s looking to Kickstarter for help. The Oscar-winning screenwriter today announced his next project, titled Anamolisa. Written by Kaufman and Dan Harmon, creator of NBC’s Community, Anamolisa will be a relatively short film, clocking in at around 40 minutes, though judging from the above trailer, it promises to be just as tantalizing as earlier Kaufman projects. As far as plot is concerned, Kaufman says the movie will be “about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.” More details are on the film’s Facebook page:
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.
Kaufman and his team are looking to raise $200,000 to finance the film, and are using an intriguing incentive-based system to achieve their goal. Users who donate $2,500, for example, will be able to call in for a 20-minute Skype conversation with Harmon, director Duke Johnson, or executive producer Dino Stamatopolous. Donate $5,000, and Harmon will write an original screenplay about your life, or give at least $10,000 to receive an on-screen executive producer credit.
As of this writing, Anamolisa has received more than $30,000 in Kickstarter funding. You can find more information in the promotional video above, or at Kaufman’s Kickstarter page.