Dan Harmon may have recently found himself with some extra time on his hands—and he’s found his next project. He’s partnered with Charlie Kaufman (writer of Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to executive produce the stop-motion animated film Anomalisa, a story “about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.”
The catch is that they want to make the film without Hollywood studio input and red tape, so the duo have turned to Kickstarter to independently fund the project. They’re asking for $200,000, and they’ve already raised over $81,000.
If this works (and they certainly aren’t the first to try to finance a film this way, although Kaufman is certainly more well-known than most independent filmmakers looking for funding), this could be a great way to raise the profile of independent financing. The video points out that there are many great scripts languishing in Hollywood, unable to get made because of studio concerns. If you take out that middle man, a whole new variety of stories open up.
Check out their awesome stop-motion video below and hear them make their case: