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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Tim Burton & Horror

.Tim Burton, in the early 80's, spent a lot of time developing Trick or Treat, a still-unproduced film about a little boy who spends Halloween with monsters trying to look human for the holiday.

Tim Burton, in the early 80’s, spent a lot of time developing Trick or Treat, a still-unproduced film about a little boy who spends Halloween with monsters trying to look human for the holiday.


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The Academy Award for Best Art Direction goes to… Alice in Wonderland?

Thumbs down. Thumbs way down. Down, buried in the grave yard of dead art direction down. Wonderland is where art direction goes to die.



Robert Stromberg thinks he’s a) funny or b) cute by putting a ‘Mad Hatter’ hat on his Oscar. How presumptuous to have it made and how insulting it is to the other nominees. Truly tasteless.

I realize that I shouldn’t bad mouth any production designer at this stage in my career but I’m sorry, I can’t help it. This was the worst choice the Academy could have made. If I were to order the strength of the nominees in the order that I see fit, Alice in Wonderland would have been on the bottom and in my books not even nominated. I think at this point the Academy just nominates all Tim Burton films no matter what and generally I’m okay with that as a big Tim Burton fan but when the film looks like a ghetto floral shop exploded on the screen in a cartoon candy land not to mention the over-use of visual effects and greenscreen I do not abide.

When I look at some of the truly phenomenal and thoughtful art direction provided to us this year by masters of their craft I shake my head in disgust at the disregard shown at the Academy Awards last night. I don’t believe for a second those voters did their homework nor understood in definition what great art direction is or what it entails. If they had, Robert Stromberg could have kept that dumb little hat in his pocket.

Inception was robbed. Blind-folded, held at gunpoint, and robbed.

Sorry but this is just my opinion. I’ll write something a little more educated and intelligent when the steam stops coming out of my ears. Rant over.


What did you guys think? Am I wrong?


Rose XO.


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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.


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


What is your favourite Tim Burton set?


Alison Hickey



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TRAILER: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland (2010)Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska


Just watched this trailer of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland for the first time and I am giddy with excitement! The buzz on this movie is huge and so are my expectations. The Production Design (Robert Stromberg), Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Hair (Paul Gooch) and Makeup (Leslie Devlin) look extraordinary even above and beyond Tim Burton’s already exemplary track record in these areas for his past films. I can’t understand why they are waiting until March 5, 2010 to release this film in North America despite its obvious awards potential. I am waiting with baited breath.


That’s the official trailer in HD


That’s the extended trailer just released. The official trailer is still better


What film are you most looking forward to?


Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental


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