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From Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, comes Anomalisa his first animated film
From Charlie Kaufman, writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, comes Anomalisa his first animated film
5,770 backers pledged $406,237 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Oliver Stöneberg 4 days ago

      More Oscar buzz - this time in the animated department - and as I predicted unfortunately likely to lose out to "Inside Out". But if there's any movie to beat to odds....

    2. Creator Joanna Perry-Folino 5 days ago

      No rewards. Feeling ripped off. Good subject for a Huffington Post article about what success does to people. Very very bad.

    3. Creator SVP on October 1

      Is there a Scud cameo or easter egg?

    4. Creator SVP on October 1

      I'm still alive. Id like to confirm my info, its the same except email has changed.

    5. Creator Matt Jobson on September 22

      just give us SOMETHING for waiting 3 whole years and being patient, supportive and showing faith in you well before Paramount and any film festival was interested in you.

      Address the concerns of all the commenters here with one update that is for us, the original backers. We only gave you less than 10% of what you're likely to get from Paramount, but you wouldn't be here today without us.

      We're a part of this, and I think a lot of us just feel ignored and taken advantage of.

      How is it we have seen only a few small images over 3 years; yet people who attended a film festival got to enjoy the entire movie?

      It's not really fair to be so left in the dark, but to be part of the group that believed in you from the very beginning.

    6. Creator Michael Carens-Nedelsky on September 20

      To the best of my knowledge, I haven't received any rewards at all. It's totally reasonable that there's no DVD or similar until after release (though I expect sending out awards copies of the film means it will end up online before we get it), however there are a variety of behind the scene rewards promised that feel they should be delivered now.

      I saw the film at TIFF and enjoyed it thoroughly, but the feelings of backers of being abandoned as soon as you got our money isn't an unreasonable one.

    7. Creator Chris Stiles on September 17

      I think most would agree that they backed this project in order to give some great creators the chance at making great art. Good news: they did it! Better news: it's now going to enjoy wider release. Getting my downloadable copy early would be great, but I'll trade that for the knowledge that I believed in the idea of this film and played a (very) small part in helping the creators achieve their vision. We'll all see it; it's just a question of who sees it before whom, and that's gets petty when you boil it down.

      However! There may be some remedy for those feeling slighted: perhaps Starburns can share with us the promised behind-the-scenes featurette "unlocked" when the campaign raised more than $400,000 (see update #22). Seems like releasing an in-depth behind-the-scenes for backers only would be a great way to tease the film and give thanks to we early believers.

    8. Creator Marie-Andree Poisson on September 16

      Remember that at the beginning, Anomalisa was supposed to be a short animated, not a long animation movie (see update #39 on that). That changed AFTER they got much more money than targeted. So a major like Paramount, and 3 years production was most probably not part of the initial deal. Paramount has very strict distribution rules, and don't accept "early distribution" to 6000 KS backers. So, we will probably end up with seing this movie well after many movie goers.

    9. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on September 16

      @Jacob Coughlan thank you for understanding.

    10. Creator Melinda Hatcher on September 16

      I just wanted to add my 2 cents about a lot of the comments on here disappointed in delayed awards/seeing the movie already.
      Not only do I work in the industry, but I have even worked on a film that recently did the festival circuit. I did not get to see the final movie until it had already premiered at Sundance, then was in 4 different festivals. AND till it finally came to my town. AND I got to see it with the rest of the people who made it, plus like a 1,000 people who had tickets for the screening, mine were just free. AND it had already secured distribution on Netflix.
      So remember, I helped MAKE the movie and I had to wait that long. You clicked a button and gave some money to people who are trying to do the most with your investment.

    11. Creator Richard Herold on September 16

      Have the Pendleton Ward posters shipped yet? It's confusing to find out what has been given out and what has not (not just you guys but kickstarter in general) over the past 3 years.

    12. Creator Kevan Gibbs on September 16

      I just received the news of your Paramount deal. First, congratulations. However, I am terribly disappointed in the news regarding the DVD. One of the benefits in backing projects like this is the ability to see the final work before anyone else. I can't imagine that the exclusion of 5,770 backer-accessed downloads/discs would have killed your distribution deal. Granted, in Paramount's eyes, that's 5,770 people who won't be buying the DVD/Blu-Ray. However, keeping the 5,770 people happy and honoring the intendant promise of the original reward surely would've increased the odds that they would have also seen it in the theaters. I'm not sure I will now. Still love your work, just hate this decision.

    13. Creator Jacob Coughlan on September 16

      Congratulations! I'm so glad I could play a small part in getting such a successful project off the ground.

      I'm sorry you have to deal with people who clearly don't understand what Kickstarter is about & apparently didn't even read what they were signing up for.

    14. Creator Kevin O'Leary on September 15

      For those who are annoyed that the film is being distributed before the backers get it, well, that's what you bought. From the campaign: 'BY POPULAR DEMAND! A digital download of Anomalisa once the film has been distributed!' I'd also like to add that I'm delighted that this is already doing so well and I can't wait to see it myself. Top job!

    15. Creator Diane Lee on September 15

      I would also like to confirm my address, although I don't believe I ever received a survey.

    16. Creator Tamsyn Kushner on September 15

      I for one am very proud something I had a small part in is now being called a stopmotion masterpiece . Kickstarter is not a place to get free stuff, its to help projects get started. Its enormously difficult to make and market an independent film especially an animated one so show some respect and stop making it all about yourselves people. I'll be happy to see it, what does it matter if its now or after the festivals? Its going to be the same film.

    17. Creator Sigh... on September 14

      The world will see it before the assholes who invested in this.

    18. Creator john h davis on September 14

      where is my copy?

    19. Creator Marco on September 14

      Grand Jury Prize to: ANOMALISA by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson (USA)

    20. Creator Jack Moulton on September 12

      Well done on winning the Venice Grand Jury Prize! It's refreshing to get daily updates on the film's progress at least.

    21. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on September 10

      Message us your new contact information and we will update it.

    22. Creator David Estall on September 10

      Would you consider setting up a streaming private film premiere for Kickstarter backers? This is what the producers did for "The Primary Instinct" the film of Stephen Tobolowsky's storytelling stage show. This would enable the backers to see the film before release, while avoiding the problem with downloads.

    23. Creator Maximilian Reinthal on September 9

      Hi there,

      First of all I want to congratulate for breaking into the festival circuit, and on the positive reception!

      Secondly, I've moved since I submitted my contribution to the project and was wondering how to update my contact details to make sure any rewards are sent to the right one?

      Looking forward to seeing the outcome of this long process!

      Heaps of cheers, thanks & hugs!

    24. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on September 9

      Not at all. It means that we have to jump through a few more hoops to get this movie in to the theater.

    25. Creator Shannon Hilchie on September 9

      Does this latest update mean that if the movie doesn't get picked up that we aren't getting squat. I hope I'm reading that wrong.

    26. Creator Jeff Richards on September 9

      @Eliot Beer Film distribution is a funny business (I've worked in the film industry for over a decade, so I'm speaking from experience.) One of the things that can kill a deal is if the film has been available online, and crowdfunding is still relatively a niche thing. As soon as a distributor hears that some people have been able to download the film and that they possess high-res digital copies, deals can collapse. So sending the film out to backers could potentially cost the film a multi-million dollar international distribution deal. Awards can figure into it too, although that's improving, but the money is a big factor too.

    27. Creator joseph young on September 5

      (1) Have the puppets been sent out;

      (2) When will the official premiere be. I believe that was one of my rewards.

    28. Creator Eliot Beer on September 5

      The reviews are coming in:

      I admit, there have been points when I wondered if the "Anomalisa" crew were just sitting around smoking approximately $400k worth of drugs - but now that it's out there, and sounding great, I'm happy to wait a bit longer to see what should be a seminal piece of work.

      (Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe one reason for not being able to show backers is the very strict rules about where and when films can be screened to be eligible for award submissions. So, I can't really blame them - but I wish there were ways around it...)

    29. Creator Sigh... on September 5


    30. Creator Sigh... on September 5

      Can we get out money back?

    31. Creator Michelle on August 31

      I still can't believe how naïve I was in backing this film. I'm not ashamed to say that the only reason I did is because Charlie's name was attached to the project, and he is a fave writer of mine. So many years on, and I wonder if the dvd, or the storyboards will even arrive; they have to cross an ocean. I pledged in good faith because I believe in art, and when the call went out to give a little more,

      I did. I have to say though, this will be the first and last time that I back a film project. I'm not a big earner and I feel as if this project has left a very bad taste in my mouth. It just doesn't feel respectful on any level. :(

    32. Creator Anton Qvarfordt on August 27

      The film could be great but it'll be ruined now when I just think about alternative funding of art being taken advantage of and being hurt for potential genuine projects to come when I watch it. This is not what this was supposed to be. And you helped in destroying what it could have been.

    33. Creator Anton Qvarfordt on August 27

      I kinda feel like it's lame that people in Toronto who didn't care to fund the film get to see it, but the people who did don't.

      I put my money in years ago because I wanted this to be a reality. But I have to wait until after a theatrical release? How about if you want to release your movie traditionally then you fund it traditionally? Instead of having your cake and eating it too on the expense of loyal fans who believed in you... Boo.

    34. Creator Marie-Andree Poisson on August 16

      "surely we'll get to see it before festival goers right?"

      Using a couple of other KS animation film projects as a base for my comment, they will not! They will show it in all Animation and film festivals they can, till january 2016.

    35. Creator Scott Gossett on July 28

      Hahaha just checked expected delivery date of May 2013. I was so young and naive back then!

    36. Creator Jack Moulton on July 28

      Happy to hear you're heading to TIFF! But please - surely we'll get to see it before festival goers right? If not, you'll at least give us a date for DVDs by September?

    37. Creator QB on July 22

      Since it appears to be going unannounced here - it has been reported that Anomalisa will be shown at the Venice Film Festival in September.

    38. Creator Remiam7 on June 19

      Whatever happened to the T-shirts we were supposed to receive?

    39. Creator Marie-Andree Poisson on June 19

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! Hope the film will not be as boring as this campaing.

    40. Creator Karl Lee Soule on June 11

      Here's something I found while searching for more information - a Tumblr site with some additional behind-the-scenes stuff that wasn't posted to the KS list. Enjoy!

    41. Creator Karl Lee Soule on June 11

      Hi Guys!

      I still believe in this film, and I know it will turn out great! For those people that have appeared on camera and in the videos, you all seem like a bunch of hardworking fun people.


      I've got to say that this ranks as one of the worst Kickstarter projects I've been a part of.


      You've basically left us almost completely out of the process. You did 21 updates to launch the Kickstart. That was in the span of about 60 days. Over the course of the last 3 years, you've done 25 updates. That's less than 1 update a month. Some of those were really short updates. We've gotten a picture here, a quick video there, but nothing of substance. I wasn't expecting Peter Jackson-like 10 minute fully-produced making ofs, but it's pretty easy to grab a hand phone, and say a few words once a week. We, the Kickstarters, do this not for the rewards, but to feel connected to the process. You've mostly kept us locked out of that.

      2 year delays can be forgiven, especially on a vocal Kickstart, because you're explaining what's causing the delay. We waited a year and a half for the (WONDERFUL!) news that the movie was now 80 minutes in length, and then Dino gave sort of a "happy 2 year anniversary plus sorry" message last September.

      I respect you guys, I think the film is going to be amazing, and I wish you guys the best success with it. But I don't think I'd back any additional projects from you guys again.

    42. Creator Brendan Hong on June 2

      @ Gabe Russell

      Kickstarter has changed and you change your address now (you couldn't be once you submitted a response to the survey). Just go to whichever tier your pledged for and click "your response' and there's an option to edit your address.

    43. Creator Marco on June 1

      I think it's not so correct this way to work. We're our supporter. We have sent to you our money. And after all this delay, we continue to have no answer from march.....that's hollywood?

    44. Creator Y on May 28

      It's been way too long for an update. Please give us an update!!!

    45. Creator Jack Moulton on May 17

      So... this year or next year? I don't mind, just wanna know!

    46. Creator Gabe Russell on May 8

      Hopefully you will send out an address survey before actually mailing the rewards? I have moved twice since I funded this project.

      Speaking of, can we get any kind of update on the rewards?

    47. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on March 31, 2015

      Thad, I got that change for you. We will credit both you and your son. Thanks!

    48. Creator V. Thad Evans on March 31, 2015

      Thad Evans is correct, but would like to change to my son...Seiji Evans. Thank you

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