Tim Burton turns to the crowd for new story

If you’ve ever had the desire to work with an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated director, producer, writer and artist, here's your chance.

Tim Burton, the man behind films such as Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, has turned to the Twitter community to create a story that will promote an upcoming exhibition of his work.

Dubbed ''Tim Burton’s Cadavre Exquis'', the ''story telling experiment'' draws on a collective story-telling technique in which contributors add to the story, each building on the line before their own.

Mr Burton kicked off the experiment on November 1 with a tweet about the actions of a character known only as ''Stainboy''. In the three weeks since, users have contributed 282 tweets, of which seven have been selected to continue Burton's tale. Each tweet must be accompanied by the #BurtonStory hashtag.

The story will come to an end on December 6 and is running to coincide with the November 26 opening of a Burton exhibit at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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alan said,
I am not keen on his films. but i think this is they way forward for the future

How could you not like nightmare before christmas?

ZenVenT said,

How could you not like nightmare before christmas?

It is interesting how popular that film has become. When it was initially released, it did not do very well at the box office (IIRC). I remember not liking it when I first saw it in theaters. Now it has quite the cult following. I think it is OK now. The story is meh, but the eye candy is good.

Oh yea i forgot about that. Nightmare is good but Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland never did it for me. didnt grip me like any film should

alan said,
Oh yea i forgot about that. Nightmare is good but Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland never did it for me. didnt grip me like any film should

How about Big Fish?

Shadrack said,
I just saw Sweeny Todd the other day and really enjoyed it. Definitely the most violent film by Tim Burton I think.

More violent that Mars Attacks? Really?

"Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland"
How on Earth did you manage to mention that and not Nightmare Before Christmas, Big Fish, or Corpse Bride?

Eh... something along the lines of stay away from pre-existing ideas. Something about ruining characters and stories the minute he gets his fingers in them?

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