Tim Burton: Creative Genius
By Scott Huver
|Blue Girl with Wine|
On sharing his visions with his film collaborators:
I’ve been lucky with collaborators, whether it’s Johnny Depp—he does sketches, too—or Danny Elfman or Colleen Atwood or Rick Heinrichs. I can show them something crude, and they get it. You always like people who get the spirit and the essence of it. It’s fun to have somebody take an idea and then add to it and flesh it out and make it better. That’s the fun of filmmaking. That’s what it’s really about: getting surprised by your collaborators.
On providing inspiration to others:
That beats out anything, really—when some kid or somebody comes up and says something. That’s the most meaningful thing to me. You know when it’s genuine. It’s really nice. That happened to me when I sent Vincent Price the first [Frankenweenie] story. He helped get it made because he said, “Yeah, that’s great!” It wasn’t just a fan thing; he got the undercurrent of it, and I really felt he understood what it meant. That was so meaningful to me.
The LACMA exhibit runs through October 31. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA; lacma.org
PHOTOGRAPH BY DEREK FREY (BURTON)