'Anomalisa' Tells a Grown-Up Story with Puppets

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Anomalisa co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson talk to Indiewire about telling a nuanced and grown-up story using stop-motion animation and puppets.

Says Johnson, "The overall challenge of trying to create an animated experience that felt subtle and nuanced and authentic to the emotional experience that the characters were having in the film.  It was a big challenge because we were limited financially, first of all, with how we could manufacture the puppets and we had to get as much of the mood and the tone as we could out of the lighting and the atmosphere. And [to] focus the attention on the puppets, like on the eyes, to get the performances. Specifically, the sex scene was challenging because we were aware of the possibility that it could go too comical just from the sense that it was puppets having sex. And that wasn't the story... it was the natural progression of these two people being in his hotel room. It took a long time to discuss and figure that out technically."

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