Thursday, August 9, 2012

Project Spotlight: 'Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa' by Starburns Industries

One thing that makes Commnuity the best show on TV is its complete lack of regard for boundaries.  We've talked about the video game episode in particular before, but it's also spoofed and paid homage to zombie movies, space thrillers, mafia films, and more.  One of the best was the animated "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" done completely in the style of old stop motion Christmas specials.  The masterminds behind that episode, creator Dan Harmon and Starburns-portrayer Dino Stamatopoulos, are back with an animated short film, but this time they've got the genius Charlie Kaufman for Anomalisa.

Right off the bat, with just that information, you know the film is in good hands.  Harmon has proven himself as capable of handling creative, inventive productions (including an animated work, Monster House), Stamatopoulos has Moral Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole under his belt, and Kaufman's Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Synecdoche, New York are nothing short of a handful of the greatest films of a generation.

With these names, it seems like it wouldn't be hard to get this done through mainstream channels.  What's made clear in the Kickstarter video, though, is that the main draw is keeping complete creative control over Anomalisa.  Harmon, Samatopoulos, and Kaufman are all extremely imaginative, and Harmon, at least, is known for wanting to stick uncompromisingly close to his (often ingenious) original vision.  It makes sense that, given the opportunity to do so, making something with as little interference as possible would be the ideal situation.

There aren't a lot of details on Anomalisa yet, but honestly I'm ok with it.  As far as I'm concerned, we already know the important thing - the people involved.  More will come out as funding is wrapped up and the film is worked on, but for now the wait is the hardest part.  Go pop in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas" to hold you over.

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