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Mike Ryan's interview with Charlie is on Uproxx, and in it Charlie discusses why we haven't seen more films from him, and what happened to Frank or Francis.
Kaufman: [Frank or Francis] could still happen. It would have to be reinvented, though. We had a whole cast and we were headed into pre-production. So, I’d have to get people back and who knows if they would be interested anymore. But, at this point, we don’t have any money, so that’s a secondary concern.
So, if you had given your scripts to other directors, you could have gotten two or three movies made in that timespan?
Kaufman: Absolutely. Just because I had the most extraordinary cast for Frank or Francis. Extraordinary. I mean, it was like crazy. And the reason I kept hiring more and more crazy, well-known people was because it was the only way I was going to get any money. Even then I couldn’t get money.
I don’t understand how that happens.
Kaufman: Well, you know, 2008 was a disastrous year for the economy. Everything changed in the business after that. No, really. Sony Pictures made Adaptation. Not like Sony Classics, Sony Pictures made that movie. They would never make that movie now. It’s impossible for them. It’s a different business. And if Synecdoche made $100 million, it would be a different issue. But, it didn’t. (Source)
Carter Burwell has his own website, and on that site is an Anomalisa page, and on that page you can listen to selections from the film's musical score. (Over on the right hand side.) There are 12 tracks available. YAY.
Thanks to Kemp!
The New York Times has a great article on Anomalisa. It's similar to the other how-Anomalisa-went-from-stage-to-screen articles I've posted, but there are some good quotes and other little nuggets that make this one worth reading.
“Looking at it in retrospect,” Mr. Kaufman said, “it seemed like it was meant to happen. But while you’re going through it, it’s like: This is never going to happen. This is never going to happen. This is never going to happen.”
“Charlie is a very quiet, shy, slightly dour person,” Mr. Stamatopoulos said. “I’ll call Charlie up and say, ‘Hey, how ya doin’?’ And he’ll be like, ‘Eh, not so good,’ and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, he’s having a good day.’ ”
“I love doing stop-motion for no reason except that it’s stop-motion,” Mr. Stamatopoulos said. “My favorite thing is a puppet not moving, just sitting there and being depressed.”
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kaufman had to remain in constant communication. The directors estimate that no more than 15 to 20 animators worked on the film at a time, each of whom, at best, produced about two seconds of footage a day.
“Over the course of time, people come and go,” Mr. Johnson explained
Mr. Kaufman added: “People died. People were born.” (Source)
... Well, not really. But sort of. But not really.
Some of the people who've seen Anomalisa (including a couple of my pals) think the trailer makes it look a little more chipper than it actually is. Like for instance Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper):
The recut Shining trailer is great, by the way:
On Mentorless, there's a great post about Eternal Sunshine's cinematography, featuring a ton of great stills from the film.
Ellen Kuras, an ex-sociology student turned cinematographer while working on a documentary, handled with perfection the multiple moods, from present time to flash backs, to dreams, to nightmares, to erased memories, making them all blend into one coherent story. Needless to say, production designer Dan Leigh and editor Valdis Oskarsdottir (and their teams) are equally key contributors, but Kuras managed to give life to the camera in a rarely seen way so that what we see is what the characters feel, with all the changes and variations that implies. (Source)
The article's two years old, but it's new to me. Thanks to Cristian for the find!
The BFI London Film Festival recently featured a surprise screening of Anomalisa. Charlie, Duke and David Thewlis were on hand for a Q&A at the end, and the good news for us? The BFI have uploaded a video of the Q&A.
Charlie sounds keen to make another animated film, somewhere down the line.
via The Playlist.
Want a new still from Anomalisa? I've put it behind the cut, in case you're wary of being spoiled--I've only seen this image in two places online, so I assume this is news to most people?
Here ya go...
(Thanks to Tram!)
STILL THAT SAME SINGLE IMAGE FROM THE FILM. Baaaaaaaah!
The image comes from the latest Anomalisa update on Kickstarter. ("The official poster is still a work in progress.")
Starting on December 30th, Anomalisa will be released in select theaters. In January, we’ll be expanding into more theaters and locations. (Source)
Synecdoche, New York features as part of a six-book series called "Arts in Entertainment" on Kickstarter.
With this series of books -- which will continue as long as authors and readers exist to carry it -- each author takes one particular work of art...novel, album, movie, anything at all...and shares the experience of being changed (deeply, urgently, irreversibly) as a result.
The books are as varied as their authors. They're funny, they're tragic, they're charming. They're profound and they're silly. They take sharp turns into memoir, history, interview, self-help, criticism, confession, and psychology.
Zachary Kaplan writes Synecdoche, New York, the fourth book in the series:
Synecdoche, New York is a film about life, time, memory, and our struggle to find meaning in our stories and stories in our lives. These ideas always resonated with my worldview, but after my mother took her own life, they began to take on a much greater significance to me.
They began to help me understand her suicide, my grief and my purpose. As I explore the film, I will use it as a compass to guide me through the grieving process as I plumb the emotional depths of the movie and of myself; to do anything less is to not heal fully. My mother is the fourth member of our family to take her own life, after her father, her mother and her brother.
I will intimately discuss ideas in this film as well as my family's sad past, one story illuminating the other. In doing so, I will put myself through an emotional hell -- and, hopefully, come out stronger in the end.
Writing this book is my dealing with it, my therapy. Writing this book is my grief process. Writing this book is my moving on. Writing this book is my ending the cycle.
You can find more info on the Kickstarter page. 16 days left in the fundraiser.
Thanks to David!