Now here’s a combo we never saw coming, Charlie Kaufman and Dan Harmon working together with stop-motion director Duke Johnson (who also directed the Community episode “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”) to make Anomalisa, a slightly adult sounding stop-motion feature film.
Funded entirely by Kickstarter, where your strangest dream can be funded with the promise of gifts (and the underlying threat of malfeasance), Anomalisa is planned as one of the first stop-motion movies funded without the influence of Hollywood. This is a pretty bold move, and with the knowledge and experience of these three working together this could be a powerhouse feature and they’ve already got a plot outline there for the people too:
The film follows a celebrated motivational speaker travelling the country, changing the lives of countless people. But in the course of transforming others, his life has become hollow and meaningless. It’s a grey and monotonous existence where people literally look and sound identical.
Suddenly one day, a girl’s voice pierces through the veil of nothingness. She fills him with such a rush of “aliveness”, he’s willing to abandon everything and everyone, including his own family, and escape with her to a better life.
And like most kickstarter projects the team of Kaufman, Harmon and Johnson, with the help of Starburns Industries, Inc., created the coolest looking video to get your attention (and funding):
Sounds nice right, but what about the prizes? The filmmakers are kind enough to offer everything from downloadable posters, personalized thank yous via the @AnamolisaMovie twitter feed, signed DVD’s of the film, and for one lucky backer that pays $5000, they will get an exclusive screenplay about them written by Dan Harmon! Quick, someone get Joel McHale, Allison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, and the rest of the cast of Community to reach into their wallets and get Harmon to write ONE MORE EPISODE!!!
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ABOVE: The tweet from @ThatElenaGirl is pretty self explanatory and Kirkman’s expression is freakin’ hilarious! Steve Yeun, who plays Glenn on AMC’s series, is quite the talented artist, don’t you think?
Marvel has had no luck making a hit of a Punisher flick. Easy way to solve that problem, cast a chick, duh. (TDW: Geek)
Stop-Motion movies are few and far between these days and I think it’s a shame. They are often fun, wildly imaginative and command artistic appreciation. Eh, maybe the infrequency of Stop-Motion movies makes it that more special when something new comes out. So maybe that’s why I’m excited as fuck for ParaNorman. The zombies may have helped too. I fucking love zombies!
ParaNorman is new stop-motion film from the brilliant minds at Laika (the folks behind Coraline). In a nutshell, zombie-obsessed Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee) can see and speak to the dead, including his grandmother. But when an ancient curse awakens a pack of pissed-off zombies, it’s up to ghost whisperer Norman to rally his Goonies-esque band of misfits.
Check out the trailer below:
Me Gusta seeing stop-motion being used to make feature length films again.
The Interwebz is a great place for nerdy art and the like. A lot of the time it’s fuckin’ weird shit like some guy trying to fuck his iPhone 4 (so that he can get an iPhone 4S) and shit like that. But there are a lot of awesome things that we see on a daily basis, and we’re lazy nerd bastards so we just round them all up once a week for your nerdgasm glory.
This week we’ll start off with some gorgeous digital paintings of Disney princesses — we’ve got Ariel, our little mermaid, pictured above. Jace Wallace‘s other artwork is absolutely amazing as well. (more…)
Like Pac-Man? Like stop motion? Like human pixels? If you happen to say yes to all three, then today is your lucky day fella as we got a video of a stop motion Pac-Man made of entirely of human pixels. This is a series of Guillaume Reymond’s Game Over project, which pretty much consist of people sitting in a theater in order to create these stop motion vids. I think the video is done really well and I can only imagine how long it took him to get this all done. Sure, the sound effects may be annoying but isn’t the real thing annoying in a cute way (ok, maybe not cute). Check the video out and also check out the other video game stop motion Reymond has done over on his YouTube page.