Frankenweenie Shooting at 3 Mills
Date posted: 23.03.2011
Creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) has returned to London's 3 Mills Studios to shoot his latest film, Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog.
Burton has returned to the studio where he made Academy Award® nominated Corpse Bride, to shoot his new stop-motion animation. Frankenweenie will be a remake of one of Burton's first short films which he made in 1984. Having originally envisioned it as a full length stop-motion animation, Burton had to make the film as a live-action short due to budget constraints.
Now, more than 17 years on, Burton is returning to the story about a boy called Victor who breathes life into his beloved dead pet dog. The film follows Victor as he conducts a science experiment, but when his home-sewn creation gets loose, there are unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences.
The film will be shot in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. The cast providing voices for Burton's animated characters includes Burton 'regulars' Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O'Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow). Over 200 puppets and sets have been created for the film with several of the characters' names - Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar "E" Gore and Mr. Burgermeister - inspired by classic horror films.
3 Mills, which last month announced new ownership, is fast becoming one of the world's finest centres for stop-motion animation. The studio, based in Bow, is home to some of the best facilities and most skilled animators and craftsmen in the world. Ahead of Frankenweenie the studios were utilized by the team behind Wes Anderson's critically acclaimed and Oscar®-nominated Fantastic Mr Fox.