Learning from Tim Burton
Since I’m a big fan of his work myself and because I’m not able to travel to New York, I recently ordererd the freshly released exhibition book to have a tiny glance on what is presented within the show. I absolutely enjoy Tim Burtons combination of a childish view on adult problems mixed with absurd humor and yet sometimes weird solutions. Did you know that he also writes poetry? He’s a brilliant artist!
My new Tim Burton book: Hmmm, brain nutrition!
Magliozzi, Ron & He, Jenny (2009). Tim Burton. New York: Museum of Modern Art.
While teaching animation in schools, I learned that my older students admire his films and style as much as anyone else. They look at his works and famousness and want to have the same for their life, too, while at the same time they deny that they could achieve anything alike. There’s only one advice I can give them here, “Go and start doing it!”
There’s an important thing we often miss while looking at famous people and their outstanding works: How long they kept trying before finally someone had noticed and supported them. Did you know that it took Tim Burton ten years of work from the very first drawing to a final movie called The Nightmare Before Christmas which now is a synonym for a succesful stop-motion animation feature? Ten years! My Orpheus project is quite on short run compared to this…
Tim Burton has been drawing since he was a little boy and now he’s been somehow and eventually paid back for his work. Someone once said,
“It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight succes”,
and I think that’s just true.
So, what can we learn from this?
Forget about gaining recognition for your work. Just work. Learn and grow and stay close to yourself as Tim Burton did. I know, it’se asily said but hard to accomplish. But you are creative, as everyone is. The question is, are you ready and willing to go that way?
Since this blog is mainly about animation, make sure you won’t miss Tim Burton’s promotional MoMa animation, and its making of!