Charlie Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ Breaks Crowd-Funding Records

    Charlie Kaufman has not only raised the money for his next project through Kickstarter, he’s also raised the record for crowd-funded projects.

    The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind scribe’s Kickstarter campaign was seeking $200,000 to produce a stop-motion film of his play Anomalisa. By the end of the campaign, Kaufman’s campaign had raised $406,237 for the project – beating the film The Gamers: Hands of Fate for the most funded Kickstarter project by a mere $321.

    According to The Guardian, Anomalisa follows “a celebrated motivational speaker who transforms the lives of others despite his own hollow and meaningless existence.” The film will run 50 minutes and is being produced by former Community show-runner Dan Harmon through his Starburns Industries production company. Duke Johnson, the animator responsible for the Emmy-winning stop-motion episode of Community, will be directing the film. Johnson also directed the cult animated shows Moral Orel and Mary Shelley’s Frankenhole for Adult Swim.

    The pitch for the Kickstarter stated that Kaufman and his associates wanted to produce Anomalisa “without the interference of the typical big studio process,” which is why they turned to crowd-funding for the film’s budget. By the end of the campaign, 5,770 backers donated to the film and production is expected to begin in November.