Tim Burton

Danny Elfman’s score tied Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure together—and launched a career

Mike D’Angelo revists the score of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and how the circus-like theme launched Danny Elfman’s career. The first time I saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, during its initial theatrical run in summer 1985, it took less than a minute to grab me. Visually, nothing happens during the film’s first 60 seconds—it’s just a spare opening-credits sequence, white Read MoreRead More

On the 3D Depth of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”

This episode of ‘Close Up’ explores the 3D conversion of Tim Burton’s black and white, stop motion comedy horror ‘Frankenweenie‘. Matt Bristowe and Richard Baker talk about the philosophy of stereoscopy, how to use 3D depth to provoke emotion, and how to keep it beautiful at the same time.Read More

John August Reacts to Frankenweenie’s Fifth Place Rank

Screenwriter John August (who wrote the film) puts Frankenweenie‘s box office numbers in perspective On a personal level, it is disappointing, because as the writer I had hoped a lot of people would see the movie this weekend and enjoy it, perhaps beginning a conversation about black-and-white cinema, stop-motion animation or the perilous state of Read MoreRead More

John August on Frankenweenie

In this interview with CraveOnline, John August discusses working with Tim Burton. CraveOnline: You have worked with Tim Burton on several projects now. What would you say that your favorite parts of working with him are? John August: Tim, in the best possible way, treats the writer like a department head, and you are responsible for Read MoreRead More

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