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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 Starburns Industries, Inc. on November 16

      @Jeremy, thanks for your comment! Have you received any of the recent backer updates?

    2. Creator Jeremy Reading on November 16

      Is there any kind of time schedule for delivery of the signed storyboards or will they be sent with the blu ray?
      I know we are a small cog in a big picture but it has been 2 and 1/2 years since I received any type of communication from you which is very poor.
      I'm proud to have helped in a small way in getting this project to completion but at the same time feel the way I've been treated on this project and a couple of others that I've contributed to mean I won't do it again which is a real shame.

    3. Creator m chang on November 11

      in lengthy line, but stoked to see Anomolisa at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for AFIfestival.

    4. Creator Ivana Tinkle on November 10

      Just saw the trailer!!! I'm so excited to see this!!!

    5. Creator Jack Moulton on November 8

      Carter Burwell just released some snippets of the score. Sounds wonderful. He's already done stellar work for Carol, I really hope he can win something for one of these.

      Plus is that an Original Song contender I spy?

    6. Creator Scott Rhodie on November 2

      This looks glorious. So glad to have backed this.

    7. Creator scp.filme on November 2

      I am stunned by the trailer. Really looking forward to seeing the movie.

      Since it will be in cinemas first, before all the backers get their blurays/dvds, will we get a voucher for a ticket?

    8. Creator janez debevec on November 2

      All right. This was always about an artist fulfilling his vision, carte Blanche. Mission accomplished. Very happy to have been a part of this.

    9. Creator Marco Landi on November 2

      Really amazing !!! Thank you!!!

    10. Creator Nicks on November 2

      That's the most powerful trailer I've ever seen.

    11. Creator Patrick Foster on October 28

      Yeah im starting to agree with some of the people here. The movie is made....the movie is also sold...So there are some things you should be delivering.

    12. Creator Shehab Al-Mutawa on October 27

      Congratulation on the Paramount deal. It really is amazing for a short film to turn into a full feature, win in a festival, and reach what it is today. I do feel great having a very small part helping this project. I wish people that are upset would understand that sending the film out early could also kill this film. It is a huge risk. It takes just one person to leak the film on the internet and bring deals crashing down. Try to see it from there side and enjoy your part in bringing this film to life.

    13. Creator Joe Ardent on October 27

      I totally understand not getting a Blu-Ray or download before it's been "released"! That's totally cool!

      But what about the Pendelton Ward artwork and "exclusive Anomalisa t-shirts"? How about an update about the status of all the other stuff? Even a, "uh, we fucked up and can't fulfil that yet" would be better than wondering what the heck is going on.

      Throw us a bone, eh?

    14. Creator Jon McFadden on October 27

      Really sad about this bait and switch. We've waited patiently for years now to see this, and now plenty (who aren't us) have. By the time we get our actual download, it will probably long have been on torrents if not Netflix/amazon/whatever. At this point, there's no pride in being a supporter of this project or reason to help give word of mouth promotion. By the time I actually get to see it, it will have already been in theaters.

    15. Creator Uriah Blatherwick on October 27

      I can't really say anything that hasn't already been said. I just want to add my voice to those who are disappointed with the decision to put donors at the very back of the line to see the movie they helped fund.

    16. Creator Eric Kempke on October 22

      @Eric Donaldson: My understanding is that the backer screening was for any backer level and was not part of the fulfillment of any reward tiers. The official premiere screening still has yet to occur.

    17. Creator Eric Donaldson on October 20

      Was that backer screening on the 15th the reward for the $500 level: "2 Tickets to attend the Anomalisa Premiere Screening and Party with Cast and Crew."??

    18. Creator Jack Moulton on October 16

      While I'm happy you're in England as the London Film Festival surprise film I'm utterly gutted that I couldn't be there. I had been attending it for the past week and just left yesterday. What a bitter kick in the teeth.

      I do hope you're planning backer screenings in London very soon.

    19. Creator Aslan Hoxha on October 13

      I would like to attend the NYC showing.

    20. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on October 12

      @Mehughes & @Irv: to be SURE you're RSVPed, please send us a message using this link:…

      We'll try to follow up on comments, but we need to send you a secret RSVP link to reserve your ticket, and it's not so easy to send messages to you from the comments here. So to be safe, please send us a private message!

    21. Creator mehughes124 on October 12

      Would love a ticket to attend the NYC screening this Thursday. I'm sure capacity will be constrained, but if I could request a +1, my brother is a HUGE Kaufman fan. Thanks!

    22. Creator Irv Osterer on October 12

      I would a ticket to attend the premiere in NYC. Please email the RSVP link to me.

    23. Creator Oliver Stöneberg on October 6

      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....

    24. Creator Joanna Perry-Folino on October 5

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

    25. Creator SVP on October 1

      Is there a Scud cameo or easter egg?

    26. Creator SVP on October 1

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

    27. 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.

    28. 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.

    29. 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.

    30. 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.

    31. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on September 16

      @Jacob Coughlan thank you for understanding.

    32. 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.

    33. 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.

    34. 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.

    35. 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.

    36. 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!

    37. Creator Diane Lee on September 15

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

    38. 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.

    39. Creator Sigh... on September 14

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

    40. Creator john h davis on September 14

      where is my copy?

    41. Creator Marco on September 14

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

    42. 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.

    43. Creator Starburns Industries, Inc. on September 10

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

    44. 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.

    45. 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!

    46. 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.

    47. 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.

    48. 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.

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