Director Research ProjectOn Tim Burton ~ By Sarah McGibbon
Youth Years•Born on the 25th of August, 1958 in Burbank,California. Burton in his late teens•Spent most of his time as an outcast, drawing•In ninth grade his artwork was recognized byhis local garbage company and was asked tomake an anti-litter poster•After high school he attended the CaliforniaInstitute of Arts http://www.xtimeline.com/evt/view.aspx?id=51456
Apprentice•After graduating college, Burton went on to be anAnimator at Disney.• Some of his ﬁrst movies he worked on were Foxand the Hound and Brack Cauldron.•Disney recognized his artistic difference and gavehim permission to work on his own project, On the set of one of his ﬁrst movies, Ed WoodConversations with Vincent.•Franken-weenie didn’t get released due to it beingdeemed to inappropriate for young kids.•Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure was the movie that sky-rocketed his career http://www.imdb.com/media/rm576493824/nm0000318
Awards •Nominated for- •Oscar’s Best Animated Film maker (Corpse Bride) • Five different Saturn Award for Best Director •One Amanda AwardBurton, Helena Bonham Carter and Christoper Lee at the •Won- British Academy Award Show •Career Achievement Award •Winsor McCoy Award •BAA- Best Feature (Corpse Bride) •Daytime Emmy •NBIZ Award (Sweeny Todd)http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2190457344/nm0000318 •Avdience Award
Techniques•Known for doing dark claymations thatinvolve death•Often has quiet, snowy nights in his ﬁlms•Most of his movies have Halloween orChristmas themes/in them•Opening scenes typically have a cameraangle going through or following a person orobject.•Plot usually focuses on a misunderstoodoutcast•Majority of his ﬁlms have townspeople whomisunderstand or distrust lead character http://www.fanpop.com/spots/tim-burton/images/376601/title/tim-burton-phot
Legacy•Tim Burton introduced the darker genre ofmovies to Disney.•He made people more comfortable with http://timburton.com/death in kids movies•Turned typical fairy tales into somethingdeeper and more psychological•Brought stranger and less realistic charactersto the big screen
Quotes•“You always have to feel like it’s going to be the greatest things ever, even if it’s you know... apiece of crap” -Burton on his approach on Movies•“There’s on moment, and it happened in school. I had a big ﬁnal exam-we were supposed towrite a 20-page report on this book about Houdini. I probably would have loved reading it,but I didnt, so I just decided to make a little super-8 movie based on it. I tied myself to therailroad tracks and all that. I mean, this is kid stuff, but it impressed the teacher, and I got an A.And that was maybe my ﬁrst turning point, when I said, Yeah, I wouldnt mind being aﬁlmmaker. " -Burton on becoming a director• “I remember, I was at Cal Arts and I wasnt a good life-drawer; I struggled with that realisticstyle of drawing. And one day I was sitting in Farmers Market sketching, and it was thisweird, mind-blowing experience. I said, Goddamit, I dont care if I cant draw, Im just gonnadraw how I feel about it. All of a sudden I had my own personal breakthrough, and then Icould draw, and satisﬁed myself. Ive had very few experiences like that, and Ill never forgetit.” -Burton on Style•"The thing with Tim that truly is separate and different and unique from other directors isthat Tim represents his own genre. Hes a very unique ﬁlmmaker. His aesthetics, his stylisticstorytelling, the choices that he makes, he goes beyond just making a ﬁlm, and he builds thisentire world. To get to go and help populate that world was a neat experience." -Johnny Depp http://www.manolith.com/2012/05/11/manolith-quiz-can-you- name-the-tim-burton-johnny-depp-collaboration/• “ Working with Tim is really like going home for me. Its this place thats very comfortableeven with the knowledge that theres a lot of risks that have to be taken and you have to reallybe prepared to explore. But there is great comfort there and there is great safety there.” -Johnny Depp
Sources•"Johnny Depp Plays Groom to the "Corpse Bride"" About.comHollywood Movies. Web. 24 May 2012. <http://movies.about.com/od/thecorpsebride/a/corpse091405.htm>.•"Johnny Depp on Dark Shadows, Working with Tim Burton."Washington Examiner. Web. 24 May 2012. <http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/movies/2012/05/johnny-depp-dark-shadows-working-tim-burton/601136>.•"Tim Burton." IMDb. IMDb.com. Web. 24 May 2012. <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000318/>.•"Tim Burton." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 May 2012.Web. 24 May 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Burton>.