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The Short Answer

Marilyn Beker

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.

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Write To Shoot : Writing Short Films for Production

Routledge, 2017

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... 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...

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...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...

Planet of the Apes

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...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...

Sleepy Hollow

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...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...

Batman

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...The movie rights to Bob Kane’s comic strip character had been secured from DC Comics in 1979 by producers Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan, who had hired Superman screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz to write a script which focused on the Dark...

Cabin Boy and Ed Wood

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...Following The Nightmare Before Christmas, Burton co-produced, with Denise Di Novi, Cabin Boy for Disney. The film, a camp homage to the Sinbad movies starring Chris Elliott, Ricki Lake and Russ Tamblyn, was a massive critical and box-office...

Edward Scissorhands

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...Following the enormous success of Batman, Burton was considered Hollywood’s hottest young director. But rather than direct the Batman sequel that Warner Bros wanted, he opted to make Edward Scissorhands, a film he had long cherished...

Beetlejuice

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...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...

Big Fish

Burton on Burton

Faber & Faber, 2006

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...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...

Burton and Narrative: From his Television Work to Big Fish

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Films of Tim Burton : Animating Live Action in Contemporary Hollywood

Bloomsbury Academic, 2006

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...Daniel Cerone, “Reigning Bats and Dogs: Tim Burton Rides High with ‘Batman’ Sequel, ‘Frankenweenie,’” Los Angeles Times, March 12, 1992.There’s always problems in my movies. I’m. not one of American’s greatest storytellers. I think...