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Tim Burton

Tim Burton (born August 25, 1958 in Burbank, California) is a film director known for his dark, humorous, quirky style. He started his career as a Disney animator and all his films portray a very stylized reality. Many of his films draw on gothic themes.

A few of his trademarks:

  • Frequently shows dead dogs.
  • Personalizes the production logo in the beginning of his films.
  • Main character is usually a social outcast, mostly, but not always, a Goth.
  • Opening credits usually utilizes a tracking shot.
  • Often casts Johnny Depp.

His directorial credits include:

He also co-wrote and produced, but did not actually direct, The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), while working solely as producer for Batman Forever (1995).

He has worked with composer Danny Elfman on every one of his films since Pee-wee's Big Adventure, excepting Ed Wood, which featured the noted composer Howard Shore.

He has been engaged to the British actress Helena Bonham Carter since 2001, with whom he has a son, Billy-Ray (born October 4 2003).

In addition to his film work, he has also written a book titled The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy: and Other Stories.

External links

  • Official site
  • Tim Burton at the Internet Movie Database