How do you follow up the scripts for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation as well as your directorial debut Synecdoche, New York? With an impossibly detailed stop motion drama which took three years to make.
The result is Anomalisa, based on Kaufman's own play from 2005 and about an author (voiced by David Thewlis) who doesn't get on so well with people but suddenly finds himself drawn to a stranger on a business trip.
We love the craft of stop motion animation and that art is in full force here, creating some of the most realistic looking humans ever in a stylised world. Check out a behind the scenes video on the making of the film.
All of those individual faces for different facial expressions, every set created by hand and each and every single pose and movement a result of paintstakingly tiny changes in the models. Two seconds a day over three years to finish an $8 million, 90 minute film which could have been shot with actors for a fraction of that time and cost. But we're pretty sure that film wouldn't have had the same power or earned the amazing reviews we've seen so far for Anomalisa.
The film is in cinemas in March 2016. We just really wish we backed it on Kickstarter now...