By Tim Burton

A revised variation of the one ebook to discover the original brilliance of director Tim Burton's paintings, together with a brand new bankruptcy at the making of Sleepy Hollow.

Still in simple terms in his thirties, Tim Burton has verified himself some time past fifteen years as one of many nice visionaries of movie. With the Batman films, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare ahead of Christmas, Ed wooden, and, so much lately, Sleepy hole, he has always damaged new flooring either visually and thematically, exploring the darkish anguish--as good because the darkish humor--that animates a lot of his characters whereas additionally making a densely textured, occasionally extraordinary glance particular to every movie.

In Burton on Burton, Burton talks to Mark Salisbury approximately his education as an animator at Disney, the significance of layout in his movies, and the ordinary subject matters found in his paintings. during this revised variation, he additionally discusses the impression of Nineteen Fifties sci-fi and Seventies catastrophe movies on Mars assaults! as good as how he conceived his hugely stylized method of the content material and surroundings of Sleepy hole, his acclaimed retelling of the Washington Irving tale that stars Johnny Depp, maybe the actor such a lot pointed out with Burton's paintings. more advantageous by means of stills from the flicks, storyboards, and illustrations of set designs for all his significant movies, Burton on Burton provides insights and data approximately the fellow and his paintings, throwing mild on either his special creative imaginative and prescient and at the amazing motion pictures which were the result.

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