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A minute with: Director Tim Burton showcases drawings, calls movies his ‘troubled children’


Director Tim Burton, who has been nominated for an Oscar, claims to have no preferences among his films, referring to them all as “troubled children.”

Mr. Burton is renowned for his work in films such as Edward Scissorhands, Frankenweenie, and Corpse Bride. In addition, he has been displaying his drawings and models in various exhibitions.

During an interview, Mr. Burton discussed the most recent version of his show, “The World of Tim Burton,” which premiered on Wednesday at the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, Italy.

The following passages have been condensed and revised for conciseness and coherence.

Have you been heavily involved in the exhibition?

Burton: The process began with the curation of the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) exhibition in 2009, which took a few years. This exhibition in Italy is a spin-off of that.

What is the experience of seeing your own work?

Burton: Upon my initial viewing of the show in New York, it reminded me of laundry hanging on a wall. I felt vulnerable and exposed. This feeling also arises when creating films; I enjoy the process, but become fearful when it comes to sharing them.

How significant are your sketches in your process of creating a movie?

Burton: At the beginning of my career, my communication skills were lacking, and some people believe they still are. However, I have always viewed drawing as a means of expressing my ideas. For instance, I would draw a character like Jack Skellington (from the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas) without a specific purpose in mind. Drawing allowed me to tap into my subconscious.

How were the Hollywood strikes impactful on the production of Beetlejuice 2?

Burton: I have two remaining days of filming. Once the strikes end, we can resume and complete what needs to be done without delay.

Can you name a film that you particularly like from your own body of work?

Burton stated that he does not have any favorites and considers all of them to be his troubled children. This statement was reported by Reuters.