Kaufman and his team raise $400,000 – twice the budget required – for animated adapation of Anomalisa, through crowdfunding site Kickstarter
A Charlie Kaufman-scripted stop motion flick has raised a record $406,237 (£250,600) via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, capitalising on a new route into raising finance for flick production.
Kaufman's project is an animated adaptation of his play Anomalisa, and will be produced in association with Dan Harmon, former showrunner on the hit US TV comedy Community, through the Starburns Industries production company.
Billed as the tale of a celebrated motivational speaker who transforms the lives of others despite his own hollow and meaningless existence, it will eventually manifest as a 50-minute flick directed by Duke Johnson, who oversaw the Emmy-winning stop motion episode of Community.
Anomalia's 60-day Kickstarter pitch came with a quirky but smartly produced video asking for funds in return for the chance to put the flick together independently.
"We want to make Anomalisa without the interference of the typical big studio process," a bearded plasticine model told potential investors.
"As many of you know, the entertainment industry is filled with incredible scripts, written by incredible talent, that have not or will never get made, or worse, they'll be changed into something that is nowhere close to what the original creator envisioned.
"Starburns Industries does not want to compromise the original vision of Charlie Kaufman or any other artist," the figure continued.
"The only thing we want to change is the way artists are treated, and that's why we need your help."
In the end, producers raised twice the $200,000 budget they had hoped for from 5,770 backers, with more than a sixth arriving in the first 48 hours.
Some contributed as little as $5 for a mention on the film's Facebook page and a short clip, while five generous investors paid $10,000 each for an executive producer's credit and other rewards.
Johnson told Deadline he expected the Kickstarter model, which launched in 2009, to become increasingly popular.
"Right now there's a little bit of hesitancy from people in the industry of using crowdfunding, because I know some people don't like being seen asking for money in public," he said. "But as it gains momentum, and people see what it's worth, and that they can do it on their own, that hesitancy is going to disappear."
Production on Anomalisa is expected to commence in November.
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