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08

Sep
2015

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By pr@starburnsind.com

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson On Passion Project ‘Anomalisa’

On 08, Sep 2015 | In Press & News | By pr@starburnsind.com

When filmmaker Duke Johnson saw “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” in 2004, it changed his entire idea of the kinds of movies he wanted to make. He had just graduated from film school at NYU and finally he had a clear direction for what he wanted to do with his life. “I literally said it was my dream in life to direct a Charlie Kaufman movie,” he recalls.

Flash-forward 10 years later, he’s working at animation studio Sunburns Industries in Burbank, Calif., and a mutual acquaintance, writer and producer Dino Stamatopoulos, had a Kaufman script in hand. “Anomalisa” was based on a 2005 “sound play” developed by the Oscar-winning scribe at the behest of composer Carter Burwell, featuring actors on a bare stage reading their lines to the audience, and it became an instant passion project for Johnson.

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