Marilyn Beker is a professor of screenwriting in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of Screenwriting With a Conscience: Ethics for Screenwriters and The Screenwriter Activist: Writing Social Issue Movies. She has extensive screenwriting and production experience and is the recipient of the Visionary Leader in Education Award from Shorts HD and Shorts International for her work in short films. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
Write To Shoot: Writing Short Films for Production
T H E S H O RT A N S W E R
As I mentioned in the introduction, there are lots of rea-
sons to write and make a short film. Perhaps the most obvi-
ous reason is to gain access to audiences. It’s much easier to
get lots of people to see...
...In March 2000 Burton went to Prague to shoot two commercials for Timex I-Control watches. Produced by LA-based commercials company A Band Apart, the two ads were Matrix-like in tone, with fight sequences choreographed by Andy Armstrong...
...In 1994, Kevin Yagher, a make-up effects designer who had turned to directing with HBO’s Tales from the Crypt (for which he had designed and built the show’s ghoulish host, The Crypt-Keeper), had the notion to adapt Washington Irving...
Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Canada. He is author of Film Genre (2007) and Voyages of Discovery (1992) and co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and 100 Documentary Films (2009). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...DIRECTOR Tim BurtonPRODUCER Tim Burton, Larry Franco, Laurie ParkerSCREENPLAY Jonathan GemsDIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Peter SuschitzskyEDITOR Chris LebenzonMUSIC Danny ElfmanPRODUCTION DESIGN Wynn ThomasMAIN CAST Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close...
...After completing Vincent in 1982, Burton had begun work on another project based on a poem he had written, this time inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Entitled The Nightmare Before Christmas, it told the story...
Ernest Mathijs is Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of The Cinema of David Cronenberg (2008), co-author of Cult Cinema (2011) and co-editor of The Cult Film Reader (2008). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...DIRECTOR Tim BurtonPRODUCER Denise Di Novi, Tim BurtonWRITER Caroline Thompson (story by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson)CINEMATOGRAPHY Stefan CzapskyPRODUCTION DESIGN Bo WelchSPECIAL EFFECTS Stan WinstonEDITING Richard HalseyORIGINAL...
The Films of Tim Burton: Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood
Bloomsbury Academic, 2006
...Lynn Hirschberg, “Drawn to Narrative,” New York Times Sunday Magazine, November 9, 2003.I think best when I’m drawing.Given Burton’s visual flair, it is perhaps no surprise that he began his professional life in animation, a medium in which...
...The success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure at the American box office meant that Burton was now considered a ‘bankable’ director. He had begun working on a script for Warner Bros for a proposed Batman movie with screenwriter Sam Hamm, but while...
Andrew Osmond is a freelance journalist based in Berkshire, UK. He writes for a range of high-profile film magazines including Sight and Sound, Empire and SFX. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...[Stop-motion with drawn and computer elements][A 3D version was released in 2006.]
DIRECTOR Henry Selick
PRODUCER Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi
STORY Caroline Thompson, Michael McDowell
SCORE Danny Elfman...
...Burton’s father Bill had passed away while he was in pre-production on Planet of the Apes in October 2000, and his mother, Jean, died in March 2002. Although he was never close to his parents – moving out of the family home when he was very...
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