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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...

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...

Mars Attacks!

Barry Keith Grant

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.

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100 Science Fiction Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2013

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...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...

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...

Edward Scissorhands

Ernest Mathijs

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.

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100 Cult Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2011

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...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...

Planet of the Apes

Barry Keith Grant

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.

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100 Science Fiction Films : BFI Screen Guides

British Film Institute, 2013

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...DIRECTOR Franklin J. SchaffnerPRODUCER Arthur P. JacobsSCREENPLAY Michael Wilson, Rod Serling, based on the 1963 novel by Pierre BoulleDIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Leon ShamroyEDITOR Hugh S. FowlerMUSIC Jerry GoldsmithPRODUCTION DESIGN William...

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...