Tim Burton: Lisa Marie's Influence

Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, writer, and artist known for his gothic fantasy and horror films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Frankenweenie.

By Balthazar Malevolent

Tim Burton: Lisa Marie's Influence

Tim Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and animator. He is the author of modern, entertaining films, often based on black humor and macabre elements. Many researchers of Burton's work believe the women were the strongest influence on his creativity. He was influenced by the former stripper Lisa Mary, an artist and actress, whom he dated for a long time, got engaged in early 1992, and continued to live together until 2001.

During this time, some of Burton's most exemplary films were made: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and others. Edward Scissorhands marks the beginning of Burton's long collaboration with actor Johnny Depp. Depp tops Burton's list of regular actors and is considered Burton's alter ego. On the set of Edward Scissorhands, Burton became very close to the idol of his youth, actor Vincent Price, whom he met while voicing the animated film Vincent. The friendship resulted in the making of the documentary film Conversations with Vincent. However, the film was left unfinished due to Price's death in 1993.

This period is also characterized by the largest number of films that were offered to Burton for filming, but for one reason or another filming was either suspended or the post of director passed to others: thus Burton could make Mary Reilly (replaced by Stephen Frears), Superman Lives (cancelled), the sequels to Beetlejuice, The Fall of the House of Usher based on the Edgar Poe story, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - a total of about a dozen projects. On top of that, Burton planned to film Lisa Marie in the remake of Mario Bava's classic horror film Black Sunday, based on Gogol's Viy.

Then, with Mary's encouragement, he became interested in Zen meditative practices, which helped him survive a number of important closed projects for him, and he became increasingly inclined towards vegetarianism. More profound was his passion for photography. Burton experimented with large-format and digital cameras. Mary was most often the subject of his photographs.

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