Timothy William "Tim" Burton, born 1958, is a a prolific American film director, producer, writer and artist. His first film was Pee-wee's Big Adventure in 1985, but he is most known for his dark and quirky-themed films, such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Batman Returns, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He frequently works with close friend Johnny Depp, musician Danny Elfman and partner Helena Bonham Carter. Literally transform in a monster and walk through his website at http://timburton.com/
Burton's most recent film was 2007's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. His most recent production is the Shane Acker animated sci-fi fantasy 9, a co-production with Timur Bekmambetov. His next film Alice in Wonderland is due for release March 5, 2010. Watch the movie trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjMkNrX60mA
From November 22 and through April 26, 2010 the New York's Museum Of Modern Art is hosting a five month-long retrospective of the work of Tim Burton. A great excuse for a NY trip! Watch the exhibition teaser at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFZ3gP0pqzE&NR=1 And listen to Burton talk about his life as an artist bellow.
The MoMA's site says: "This major career retrospective on Tim Burton, consisting of a gallery exhibition and a film series, considers Burton's career as a director, producer, writer, and concept artist for live-action and animated films, along with his work as a fiction writer, photographer and illustrator. Following the current of his visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawing through his mature work, the exhibition presents artwork generated during the conception and production of his films, and highlights a number of unrealized projects and never-before-seen pieces, as well as student art, his earliest non-professional films, and examples of his work as a storyteller and graphic artist for non-film projects. The opposing themes of adolescence and adulthood, and the elements of sentiment, cynicism, and humor inform his work in a variety of mediums—drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-image formats, puppets and maquettes, props, costumes, ephemera, sketchbooks, and cartoons. Taking inspiration from sources in pop culture, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as a spiritual experience, influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics."
The MoMA's dedicated site for Burton's exhibition can be seen at http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/timburton/index.php Also watch the opening reviews bellow.
His new book "The Art of Tim Burton" is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton's artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton's work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton's friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insight and anecdotes about Tim Burton's style and artistic approach to life.
A limited edition of the book has autographed reproductions of his drawings like the ones bellow.
And just to lock in an extra dark mood, watch the Marilyn Manson's version of Nightmare before Christmas's song, This is Halloween.