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Film Theory Presentation

Tim Burton, Alice in Wonderland, Course Overview

Sarah Bohlman

on 27 January 2013

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Digital Cinema Brain Windows Doors Eyes Skin Two main parts:

"it examines positions that conceptualize cinema as a specific kind of contact, as an encounter with the Other" (Elsaesser and Hagener 110).

"the idea of skin [is] an organ of continuous perception" (Elsaesser and Hagener 110). "cinema [is] an extension,
analogy or substitute of the mind.
(Elasaesser and Malte 151)" Where is the
Spectator Situated? Three parts
-Disembodied "The motif of entering and leaving, of traversing and crossing -- because crossing a threshold always implies leaving a space and entering another. (Elsaesser and Hagener 35)" Where are you:
1. Watching?
2. Joining? featuring:
Tim Burton
Alice Kingsleigh
and Sarah Bohlman Star Wars (1977) the first movie to include CGI Sound "the cinema as a window and frame offers special, ocular access to an event (whether fictional or not)...accommodates the spectator's visual curiosity." pg. 14 Specular Transitive "the (real) two-dimensional screen transforms in the act of looking into an (imaginary) three-dimensional space which seems to open up beyond the screen." pg. 14 Disembodied "distance from the events depicted in the film renders the act of looking safe for the spectator, sheltered...." pg. 14 Tim Burton 1958 2010 Works Film Director, Film Producer, Writer, Artist Born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank California. stop-motion film as a young He started making short, boy in his backyard. The only
known film from his early
years is "The Island of Doctor
Agor" which he made when
he was only 13. Influences As a boy in school, he learned about the children authors, Dr. Suess and Roald Dahl, whose works greatly influenced him as an artist. Dr. Suess is known for his work in the fantastical world of made-up words and animals, and Dahl's work is known for containing dark humor. 1978 He graduated from California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California in 1979. Disney hired him as an apprentice after graduation where he felt that his personal style was oppressed. He began to express this style in 1982 in various short films.

Disney "fired Burton because it claimed he was spending too much money on films that were too dark and scary for children. (Collura)" '88 Beetlejuice

'89 Batman

'90 Edward Scissorhands

'92 Batman Returns

'94 Nightmare Before Christmas

'05 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

'05 Corpse Bride

'07 Sweeny Todd Director Director Writer, Director Works Cited: Collura, Scott. "The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D: 13 Years Later." IGN. (2006): n. page. Web.
7 Jan. 2013. <http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/10/20/the-nightmare-before-christmas-3-
"2010 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on November 15,
2010. Retrieved February, 8 2013.
"All Time Worldwide Box Office Grosses". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Archived from the original on
November 15, 2010. Retrieved February, 8 2012.
"Tim Burton". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved February, 8 2013.
Elsaesser, Thomas, and Malte Hagener. Film Theory: an introduction through the senses. New
York: Routledge, 2010. Print.
Randolph, Grace, perf. "Alice in Wonderland Movie Review." BeyondTheTrailer. Indy Mogul, 05
Mar 2010. web. 16 Jan 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3RvQCxTCTM>.
"Alice in Wonderland: Behind the Green Screen." It's Art. Patrice Leymarie, 2010. Web. Web. 22
Jan. 2013. <http://www.itsartmag.com/features/alice/>.
Vreeswijk, Simon. "A History Of CGI in Movies." Stikky Media. Interactive Digital Marketing
Agency, 2012. Web. Web. 22 Jan. 2013. <http://www.stikkymedia.com/blog/history-cgi-
movies>. Director Director, Writer, Producer Director (based off of Dahl's book) Writer, Producer Director Awards 15 Awards

37 Nominations (2 Oscar)

Knighted by Culture Minister of France
"Golden George" for his contribution to world cinema Career Achievement Award, Winsor McCay Award, British Animation Award (Best Feature: Corpse Bride), British Film Institue Fellowship, Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Animated Program: Beetlejuice), Hugo (Best Drmatic Presentation: Edward Scissorhands), Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award (Best Animation: Frankenweenie), Moscow International Film Festival Special Prize (For outstanding contribution to the world of cinema), National Board of Review USA Award (Best Director: Sweeney Todd), Audience Award (Vincent), Sant Jordi, ShoWest Award (Director of the Year), Future Film Festival Digital Award (Corpse Bride) After his
popularity began
to rise, many
sent scripts
for his approval.
He finally
Beetlejuice which
was a great
success. The movie included stop motion, replacement animation, prosthetic makeup, puppetry, and blue screen. Burton strived to model the movie after the movies he grew up watching. Yikes England 1860s Underland -Young girl
-13 Years later
-Deceased father
-Societal Pressures
-Marriage Proposal -13 years past original
-Dream vs. Reality
-Similarity of characters
-Jabberwocky Box Office Total worldwide revenue of $1,024,299,904 / €780,954,486 11th highest-grossing film 2nd highest-grossing in 2010 Highest-grossing film by Tim Burton. 2nd highest-grossing children's book adaptation "Arnheim's conclusion is that cinema does not copy or imitate reality, but that it creates a world and a reality of its own" (Elsaesser and Hagener, 21) Won 2 Oscars, 18 Awards, and 42 Nominations So wait. How many thresholds
did we just cross? Us The Actors Alice 10 20 10 12 6 32 16 34 Active Eye vs. Passive Eye - Alice gains confidence and takes a stand against what society is asking of her. She "encounter[s] the Other" and stands up to it. - Even though she states that she was in a dream, she has the scars on her arm. On-diagetic Off-diagetic Extra-diagetic Silence Sound Designer:
Steve Boeddeker "as Chion notes: 'it is the ear that renders the image visible.' (Elsaesser and Hagener 145)" 1. Image is a metaphor p
t p
t f

e t u Grodal hypothesizes that “cinema marks a break between core consciousness
[the present] and autobiographical self [memories of the past and future],” in other words: only one can be present. For example, if this theory was applied to post-classical cinema (“mind-games”) then you could say that the autobiographical self [memories of past and future] are completely absent. 2. Cinema techniques resemble the way the mind works
3. Perceiving another reality (Is it a dream?)
4. Unseen mentality (Strive for independence) Five Concepts of Mental Images 5. Unrealistic world "in terms of place or character psychology (Elasaesser and Malte 156)" Virtual Reality:
Alice in Wonderland - All the scenes of Underland are green screen. - Each character is portrayed.
Even the completely CGI ones who are actors in green suits. - "Live action characters" would act out scenes
with a completely green screen environment, having to imagine the world around them.
- Alice is the only character who is always "normal looking" in all of Underland. The rest of the live action characters have various, aditional digital aspects.
- "around 2,500 visual effects shots in total. (It's Art)" Virtual Reality 1. Representation
2. Abstract
3. Artistic
entertainment Visual reality appeals to human's imagination, so "the mind grants [these films] reality status (Elasaesser and Malte 178)." "Toy story (1996)...first exclusively made digitally without any traditional opto-chemical photographic process (E. & M. 170)." Visual Reality Firsts LOTR (2001) first use of AI for digital actors. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) first with complete CGI background with live characters. 2000 Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists the first CGI film created using only motion capture Avatar First to use performance-capture to create photo-realistic 3D characters and to feature a fully CG 3D photo-realistic world. Labyrinth (1986) first CGI realistic animal
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