Community creator Dan Harmon wants to create a new movie titled Anomalisa with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Charlie Kaufman and comedy writer Dino Stamatopoulous and to raise the money for that project he’s not turning to a big name Hollywood studio but rather the project-funding platform Kickstarter
On the Kickstart page Dan Harmon and his team write:
“Our goal is to produce this unique and beautiful film outside of the typical Hollywood studio system where we believe that you, the audience, would never be allowed to enjoy this brilliant work the way it was originally conceived.”
The production will cost $200,000 and the page has already raised $145,125 from 2,052 backers.
As is the case with Kickstarter pages the project is being promoted with incentives. For example $20 will earn you a digital download of the movie while $2,500 will earn you a 20-minute Skype conversation with either Harmon, Stamatopoulous or director Duke Johnson.
If you donate $10,000 the group will provide you with an on-screen executive producer credit and a handcrafted prop from the film, a special-edition handcrafted stop motion puppet and two tickets to attend the movies premiere and after-party with the cast and crew, plus more.
If anyone can keep a dream alive with fan support it is definitely Dan Harmon, the same man who kept Community on NBA through his regular contribution to the r/Community on Reddit.
There are 57 days left to fully fund the project and if all goes well Dan Harmon might have found himself a new way to fund future projects.
Here’s a really fancy trailer from the official Kickstarter page:
Truth be told Dan Harmon and his team of Hollywood filmmakers could easily finance this film on their own dime, then again what type of social hype would that provide.