Tim Burton 

Tim Burton is a American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator. He started his career working with Disney. Along with his live action movies he creates incredible stop motion movies, he is mainly known for his 1983 movie the Nightmare Before Christmas which is an amazing representation of his dark, gothic, eccentric and quirky fantasy style

A list of a few of his famous films:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Corpse Bride
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Batman
  • James and the giant peach

Stopmotion is the method of the camera repeatedly stopped and started to give animated figures the impression of movement. The figure will be slightly moved in each frame. Then all the frames will be sped up to give the appearance of movement.

To make his movies a huge specialised team of over 100 artists, animators, set & prop designers, fabricators, camera operators, producers and directors were needed. The proses of stop motion is extremely time consuming. In a week only one minute of film may be taken. For his movie The nightmare before Christmas it took a hole 10 years to write, prepare, and film the movie.

For the task we were given today we used his technique of stop motion. I found that this specific type of film production was very time consuming and took a lot of precision to create the perfect scene. I feel that to create a film as well made as Tim’s a lot more time would be needed especially as we were only given an hour to create a film where as he had 10 years.

From this task I can take inspiration from his style of artwork to create characters as he has a very unique style. I’d like to be able to experiment with creating a certain atmosphere in my artwork as he does in his stop motion films. I am extremely in awe of the amount of time, preparation and dedication that goes into creating a full film of stop motion especially in the unique style he has.


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