For the respective Tim Burton enthusiast comes “Tim Burton: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work,” a comprehensive biography and study of the master’s work by author Ian Nathan. Courtesy of Aurum Press, the book is a hardcover encyclopedia of everything Tim Burton, chronicling pretty much every film he’s ever made, from his short films in school, to his work in animation, right down to major projects like “Batman Returns” and “Dark Shadows.” Fans of Burton will be pleased to read about the interesting life Burton has led, and how he was often drawn to the Gothic and ideas about the outcasts in “normal” society.
Author Nathan conveys how Burton was something of an outcast right in to his childhood, as he formed something of an isolated life with two parents that were never very happy in their own marriage. Author Ian Nathan collects insight and anecdotes through various interviews and books featuring Burton, all of which tell the tale of a unique man drawn to Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Price. Burton’s childhood screams something a reflection of his future work, as he was often isolated in his room much in the way unique characters like Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice were, all the while he noticed the oddity of life and the beauty of the misery of the human soul. Author Ian Nathan explores how Burton approaches his various works of film, and how even his misfires were certainly reflections of Burton’s own psyche and personality.
Some of the most interesting material is his idea toward “Batman” and how he brought the character and the mythology in to the adult and the darkness once again. As well, there’s a fascinating discussion on how he created his own twisted visions for Joker, Penguin, and Catwoman. In particular, Burton drew inspiration for Penguin’s look through a peculiar work of original art, allowing Penguin and Catwoman to become vicious villains, and unique forms of sexual energy. Adding to the comprehensive tome, there is a massive series of full color photos from various stages of Burton’s life, and of him and his cinematic works. There is also a full color poster with a timeline of every film project he’s ever been involved with and or directed.
“Tim Burton: The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work” is an exhaustive book, and wonderful gift for any Burton admirer. It’s a detailed chronicle of the man’s unique flavor of fantasy and drama that will work as a fine aide to any aspiring film buff or fanatic of the man’s contribution to pop culture and film.