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Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson on why making stop-motion animation movie Anomalisa was like a marathon

Anomalisa co-directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson chat about the difficulties of making stop-motion animation 2:45

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Even if you're not part of the fast-paced world of stop-motion animation (that's a joke, FYI) chances are it's been on your radar lately. Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's new stop-motion feature film Anomalisa has been called a masterpiece and is nominated for Best Animated Feature at the upcoming Golden Globe awards.

The film is a feat of the imagination, one that's entirely created using the painstaking steps required to build stop-motion animation. Even with a team of animators working daily,Anomalisa progressed at the rate of about two seconds per day. The result? A beautiful anti-fairytale that's as visually compelling as it is heart-twisting.

Co-directors Charlie Kaufman (of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson, a relative newcomer to the feature film world, were in town this week. So CBC Arts decided it was the perfect opportunity to give Exhibitionists host Amanda Parris her first stint in the show's interviewing chair. Amanda chatted with Duke and Charlie about the trials, the tribulations, and the bank accounts behind Anomalisa.

Anomalisa opens in theatres tonight, January 8th. Watch Exhibitionists Sundays at 4:30pm (5 NT) on CBC TV.

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