It is my privilege and honour to introduce to the legend
coming up next. His legendary status cannot
be denied. He’s a man who is one of the most successful and notorious directors,
writers, producer and animator of all time. His movies have known unrecognised
success with very specific signature styles, film techniques and even has his
own signature camera angle. Because of him, we have experienced all genres of
the movie industries including action, fantasy, romance and animation.
He has brought to life fantasy novels that we all know and
love such as Charles Lutwidge Dodgsons’ Alice
in wonderland and Roald Dahls’ Charlie
and the chocolate factory. This man, can turn gothic imagery into a cartoon
form using costumes, props, makeup and lighting. We recognised this in movies
such as Edward scissor hands and beetle juice. Using gothic, pasty face white face makeup
and black hair makes characters scary, mystical, grotesque and at the same time
He employs signature camera angles known as the dutch angle. This is where the camera is set at an angle
on its roll axis so that the shot is composed with vertical lines at an angle
to the side of the frame, or so that the horizon line of the shot is not
parallel with the bottom of the camera frame. A lot of his directing decisions
and ideas all originate from his childhood. He claims that he didn’t want to be
like his parents when he grew up so he moved to his grandmother at a young age.
As a result of this, he believes he grew up too fast and
wanted to show fantasy in most of his films as a means of escape for his
audience. His career started as being an
animator. It was a revelation to him when
he decided to paint how he saw things. One of his first jobs was when he was
hired by Disney to work on films such as The
Fox and the Hound, The Black
Cauldron and Tron, as
well as working as an artist on the first adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord
of the Rings for United Artists.
The short film Vincent put him on the map and gained
recognition from Disney. He then became forgotten and only was noticed again
with another wildly successful live-action short film: Frankenweenie. His
further creations weren’t released as they were considered too scary for children,
but thanks to his new found fame he ventured into being a feature film
director. And the rest is history.
Here he is, introducing his upcoming films such as
Beetlejuice 2 and his work on the live adaptation of Dumbo. Can I please get a massive round of applause
COMICON 2017 for TIM BURTON.