Trailering Anomalisa from Charlie Kaufman

Watch the first trailer for Oscar-contending Anomalisa (Dec. 30) and see how Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson take stop-motion in a deeply personal and provocative adult direction.

When Kaufman was first approached by producer/friend Dino Stamatopoulos to adapt his “sound play” as a vehicle for his new stop-motion studio, Starburns Industries, Kaufman agreed only if he could get the financing. After a successful Kickstarter campaign ($406,237) attracted the rest of the independent financing (a reported $8 million), Anomalisa came to fruition and takes the format to new naturalistic and narrative heights. Like the best of Kaufman’s works (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), it concerns trying to escape the mundane and the difficulty in connecting with people.

Inspirational speaker Michael Stone (David Thewlis)  has an existential crisis while preparing for a lecture in a strange hotel in Ohio. That is, until he meets Lisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and has a glimmer of hope. The animation brilliantly makes use of 3D printing for face replacement and Kaufman and co-director Johnson make no attempt to hide the seams and embrace the artifice and hand-crafted beauty.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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