Inside the Process of Charlie Kaufman's Stop-Motion Animated Film 'Anomalisa'

"The thing that I got from this movie was, if you keep working on something, something will come of it," Kaufman says.
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A decade in the making, Charlie Kaufman's stop-motion animated film Anomalisa (co-directed with Duke Johnson) is a lesson in the long, obstacle-filled process that often comes with filmmaking. The $10 million film was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign and took two years to shoot with a revolving staff of animators.

"The thing that I got from this movie was, if you keep working on something, something will come of it,” Kaufman tells The New York Times. “It’s not about the story — it’s about the process of the movie. We couldn’t give up because — I don’t know why.”

The film is about a customer service representative stuck in a hotel where everyone seems to have the same face and voice except for one woman. It has many of the darkly comic existentialist hallmarks of a Kaufman film, like his previous hits Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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