Anomalisa — Behind-the-Scenes Featurette: 'Crafting Anomalisa'


added: Sun, Nov 29th '15

Here are some fun facts about Charlie Kaufman's new film "Anomalisa": (1.) It took "3 years in the making." (2.) They made "over 1000 costumes and props." And (3.) "1261 faces" were used. Find out what went into the process of crafting Kaufman's unique vision in a new behind-the-scenes featurette.

"I wanted it to be emotional ... and small. And realistic. I thought that would be an interesting stop-motion animated movie," says the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," who, with the R-rated "Anomalisa," is sharing directing credits with animator Duke Johnson (Moral Orel, Community's Christmas Special).

The Kickstarter-supported film features the voice of David Thewlis (Harry Potter) as Michael Stone, a traveling motivational speaker who, while staying at a downtown hotel in Cincinnati, falls hopelessly in love with a saleswoman (voiced by The Hateful Eight's Jennifer Jason Leigh).

Last week, "Anomalisa" was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh's voice work. The film has also been generating a lot of Oscar buzz since earning rave reviews during its fall festival debut at Telluride, Venice, and Toronto.

"Anomalisa" is set to be released in select theaters on December 30th and will expand nationwide in January.

Michael Stone, husband, father and respected author of "How May I Help You Help Them?" is a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. On a business trip to Cincinnati, where he's scheduled to speak at a convention of customer service professionals, he checks into the Fregoli Hotel. There, he is amazed to discover a possible escape from his desperation in the form of an unassuming Akron baked goods sales rep, Lisa, who may or may not be the love of his life.


directed by   Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

starring   David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

release date   December 30, 2015 (in select theaters) January, 2016 (expands wide)

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