The name Tim Burton has enough power to summon a list of strange, fantastical, and eccentric movies in most minds. It might come as a surprise to learn that this director, animator, producer, artist, and writer worked for the famous company ‘Disney’ at a time. His career at the company was a short one, but his work there attracted attention and landed him his first full-length directorial debut in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
His movies have a distinct quality that can easily be identified in his works. His peculiar style has put him on a pedestal where he stands alone (maybe Johnny Deep can be seen lurking around somewhere nearby). Movies like Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are some of his most recognized works.
He has come a long way and has made sure to bring his originality and vision with him wherever he goes. His fans can easily connect with his down to earth personality while also enjoy his weird style. Crazy, peculiar, strange, eccentric are words often used to describe this talented gothic-styled director’s works.
Reaching the top in an industry that discriminates against originality and creativity is not easy; let’s look at some of Tim Burton’s quotes to learn how he did it.
1.“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”
2.“Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.”
The process of a making movie is much more than what it seems. A feature film has hundreds of people working behind the scenes to bring magic on screen. Filmmaking may be an expensive form of therapy for our director Tim, but they are the most affordable one for its viewers.
3.“Everything in this room is edible. Even I’m edible. But, that would be called cannibalism. It is looked down upon in most societies.”
4.“Even if someone was telling me I couldn’t draw, I still liked doing it. It has always been an important part of my life.”
Never let the standards of society determine your capability. Different ideas and views are often faced with doubt; some of the most significant artists and inventors were looked down upon during their life. Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime; Einstein was expelled from school and had a hard time entering university. So, believe in yourself and trust your instinct.
5.“I am not a dark person, and I don’t consider myself dark.”
Having made a significant number of dark themed movies, it’s obvious why people would call him that. There’s always more to a person than meets the eye.
6.“Just because I can’t see it doesn’t mean I can’t believe it.” – The Nightmare Before Christmas
A worm has never seen anything in its life; this does not mean that we do not exist. There are so many realities that seem unreal because our tiny mind cannot handle the truth of all the possibilities.
7.“People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.”
Telling a determined, strong-willed person that they can’t do something is the best way to assure they do it. When Warner Bros. executives didn’t like the idea of killing Nicholson’s character in ‘Mars Attacks!!’ Burton cast him in double roles and killed off both the characters.
8.“I don’t know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighborhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies.”
Tim may not have seen movies he considers ‘A grade’ during his childhood, but that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the A directors in Hollywood today.
9.”I’ve always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally because I find it is more truthful to me; Intellectually, I don’t think like that because I get uncomfortable.”
10.”Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child.”
A child is born with no notion of fear or prejudice. These are emotions they pick up from what surrounds them. As an artist, one must tear away all the extra layers of imposed information that covers up the raw talent hidden underneath.
11.”Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”
One of the most inspiring quotes you can learn from here. Your life is yours; as obvious as that statement may seem, people often forget to live it for themselves. Some people may find comfort in a stable office job whereas some enjoy the freedom of entrepreneurship. Find the thing that gives you joy, don’t settle for less.
12.”For me, fantasy has always been a means of exploring reality: it explores the fact that your internal life, your dreams and the weird images and the things that come to you are things that are actually important tools for dealing with real issues.”
13.“We’ve all been called “freaks” before. When I hear that word, I hear, ‘Somebody that I would probably like to meet and would get along with.’”
With billions of people around the world, how can you expect not to be different? When people don’t understand you, they call you names and outcast you. Just as a bird cannot swim with the fishes, you can’t be expected to fit in down below when you’re meant to be flying high above.
14.”Don’t worry about how you ‘should’ draw it. Just draw it the way you see it.”
Society does an excellent job of wagging their finger and pointing out your flaws. Work hard and watch as they come wagging their tails when you reach the top.
15.”Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are.”
To realize who you are and what you want means you’re already halfway there.
16.”I like the challenge of doing things you know that you maybe shouldn’t do.”
Don’t do something because it is what you’re supposed to do. Do it for the love of it.
17.“I couldn’t draw those four-legged Disney foxes. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t even fake the Disney style. Mine looked like roadkill.”
Why worry if you don’t fit in a specific category, make a new one and be a pioneer. Don’t squeeze inside a tiny box when there’s so much space outside.
18.”I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clear-cut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.”
If you function differently than others, don’t bother trying to see things the way they do. They won’t be trying to understand things from your point.
19.”I grew up watching monster movies, and horror movies, which I felt were like fairy tales and I think this always spoke to me. Something about that is symbolism – the beauty and the magic which helps me work with film and start making modern fairy tales.”
Tim Burton is the ideal icon for those of us who feel like misfits. His unique take on life and art has helped him build his signature style in the vast ocean of talented names.
20.“When you don’t have many friends, and you don’t have a social life you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not being the school president, and not having people treat you like you’re part of society, or where you have to fulfill social relationships. You’re at a distance from the rest of society; you feel like you’re kind of looking out a window.”
Life is always moving, and we don’t have enough time for ourselves. As Morgan Freeman said, “Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.” We should take some time to relax and enjoy life as it happens.
21.“I wouldn’t know a good script if it bit me in the face.”
22.“I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people, but they’d still say I’m a dark personality.”
People will see you the way they want to, and they won’t bother asking you or taking the time to know you. So pay no attention to what they think and just do your thing!
23.”I am the shadow on the moon at night/Filling your dreams to the brim with fright.”
24.”Drawing is exercise for a restless imagination.”
It’s good to have your drawing pad or notebook handy at all times to jot down or draw any sudden ideas that you might have. Once it disappears, it might never come back again. All the best artists and writers do this and have found it helpful.
25.“For some of us, Halloween is every day.”
26.”I feel any time you enter a dream world it’s like you’re working out things, it’s all inside your mind and you’re working it out, be it Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, or the kids in Narnia, they go through this weird journey that’s not real, and they’re going through this journey psychologically. It’s that journey of discovery, of getting oneself together, that fantasy and fairy tales are so good at. And while some people still look upon them as completely unrealistic, for me they’re more real than most things that are perceived as real.”
There aren’t a lot of people who find themselves. The conceptions of society engraved in their brains from a young age get in the way of who they are. Movies are a great way of finding release and realizing all the possibilities of life. Why live boring documentary styled life when you could be going on an adventure.
27.”I’m a happy-go-lucky manic-depressive. It does get very deep and dark for me, and it gets scary at times when I feel I can’t pull out of it. But I don’t consider myself negative-negative. I’m positive-negative.”
There’s good and bad in everybody. We all have a dark side to us. It takes skill and positive thinking to use it to your benefit. Be confident in who you are, everything else will fall in place.
28.“I’ve found that the people who play villains are the nicest people in the world and people who play heroes are jerks.”
29.“It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense.”
Nothing ever makes sense really; everything is an illusion. Do what you must to make your dreams come true. It’s okay to follow any dream as long as it matters to you.
30.”Certain things leave you in your life and certain things stay with you. And that’s why we’re all interested in movies- those ones that make you feel, you still think about. Because it gave you such an emotional response, it’s actually part of your emotional make-up, in a way.”
31.”It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.”
Embrace the weird side of yourself. Not everybody can claim to be different and still be confident about it. Flaunt your eccentricity and watch the world as you conquer it. Some of the most famous idols today boast of their peculiar taste and create huge waves of influence over millions of millennial. The times have surely changed.
Tim Burton has succeeded in life and at Hollywood by believing in his vision. He has had considerable influence over many directors and artists over the years. You can find tons of drawing inspired by his works online. His eccentric dark humor portrayed in his movies and animations have a hard-core fan following.
He is a perfect example of why and how you can be true to yourself and triumph at it.
Hope these quotes helped inspire you to believe in yourself and your dream no matter how impossible it seems.
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