PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Tim Burton

 

 

Tim Burton is known for his playful gothic style. The characters in his films live in worlds of contrast between eerie atmospheres and  whimsical fantasy.  His most recent film, Alice in Wonderland, is nominated in the Fantasy Film category in this year’s Art Director’s Guild awards.

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Frankenweenie (1984)

Art Director: John B. Mansbridge | Set Decorator: Roger M. Shook

 

Beetle Juice (1988)

Production Designer: Bo Welch | Art Director: Tom Duffield | Set Decorator: Catherine Mann

 

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Production Designer: Bo Welch | Art Director: Tom Duffield| Set Decorator: Cheryl Carasik


Ed Wood (1994)

Production Designer: Tom Duffield | Art Director: Okotiwa | Set Decorator: Cricket Rowland

 

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Production Designer: Wynn Thomas | Art Directors: John Dexter & James Hegedus | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

 

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs | Art Directors:Ken Court, John Dexter, Andy Nicholson | Set Decorator: Peter Young

 

Big Fish (2003)

Production Designer: Dennis Gassner | Art Directors: Roy Barnes, Jean-Michel Ducourty, Robert Fechtman, Jack Johnson, Richard L. Johnson | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Production Designer: Alex McDowell | Art Directors: David Allday, François Audouy, Matthew Gray, Sean Haworth, James Lewis, Andy Nicholson, Kevin Phipps, Stuart Rose, Leslie Tomkins | Set Decoration: Peter Young


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Production Design: Dante Ferretti | Art Directors: Gary Freeman, David Warren | Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

 

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Production Design: Robert Stromberg | Art Directors: Todd Cherniawsky, Sefan Dechant, Andrew L. Jones, Mike Stassi, Christina Ann Wilson | Set Decorator: Karen O’Hara

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What is your favourite Tim Burton set? Do you think Alice in Wonderland will win at the ADG Awards this year?

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- Alison

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9 responses to “PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Tim Burton

  1. LOVE THIS POST! LOVE! love love love. thank you :-)
    my favorite set will always be edward scissorhands. i love the pastel suburban tract houses, the kitsch, everything.

  2. My favorites are “Sleepy Hollow” and one you didn’t list “Sweeney Todd”. I love it when he goes back in time and recreates those stylish, old world sets.

  3. anothernym

    +1 for Tim Burton and this post.

    @Edwina, Sleepy Hollow is right there between Mars Attacks! (1996) and Big Fish (2003).

  4. Edwina, I had Sweeney Todd lined up but it slipped through the cracks! I just added it to the post now. :)

  5. I love them all! So hard to pick a favourite. I really love Edward Scissorhands, and I thought that Sleepy Hollow was very beautiful. Alice in Wonderland was truly fantastic, though! I’m hoping it wins!!
    -J

  6. bibi

    thats so weird burton has a really unique visual style yet he has almost always used a different production designer!

    to be hon. i thought alice in wonderland was DREADFUL, i hope it doesnt win anything, TRON deserves it way more (have you guys peeped the directors background? Architecture degree hello!)
    Apart from Avatar, i doubt we will see such a big budget design heavy flick for a while! I was literally salivating in the theatre…

    I guess Edward Scissorhands was nice but my fave burton prod design is prb the nightmare before chrsitmas. does that count? :)

    keep up the blog, shame it isnt more often, btw who is alison? i only knew about rose :) love and wallpaper

  7. I wanted to put Nightmare Before Christmas on this list but I wanted to keep it to just movies Burton directed, and Henry Selick directed that one. It’s one of my favourites too, though. :)

    I’m a film student who is helping Rose with posts for the website.

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