Tim Burton Releases Frankenweenie
Date posted: 17.10.2012
Tim Burton's latest movie opened the 56th BFI London Film Festival (LFF) last week. Shot at London's 3 Mills Studios, Frankenweenie's release will be accompanied by a free exhibition at the South Bank Centre's Festival Village from 17 - 21 October.
"I am delighted that Frankenweenie, which was produced here in London at 3 Mills Studios, will be opening the 56th BFI London Film Festival" said Producer Alison Abbate at the opening of the LFF. "Living and working in the UK, I've been able to collaborate with some of the most talented artists in the industry."
Burton's macabre and heartwarming tale of a boy who, inspired by science and the love of his dog, brings his beloved pet back from the dead. It is a project resurrected from Burton's 1984 live action short.
"Tim Burton has chosen London as his home city" said Clare Stewart, Festival Director of the BFI London Film Festival, "and hundreds of talented British craftspeople contributed to this production."
Hours of meticulous work went into the making of the film, perfecting the figures and characters that brought this amazing tale to life.
The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition captures the magic of that film-making process and gives audiences an exclusive glimpse into the intricate stop-motion animation employed by the visionary production team to bring the characters to life; from original sketches drawn by Burton, to extensive props, sets and puppets.
"Tim's so happy. It's been magical for him" says Abbate, "when you see a set and you can touch it and put your hands in, that's what 3D will do. It will open it up for people to really be inside so that they'll feel like that they're part of it, like a doll's house."
Earlier this year Film London visited the set to find out more how the film was brought to life at 3 Mills Studios over the last two years.
During the Olympic Games, Abbate gave guests from the global film industry a very special tour as part of three day event showcasing London's unique and innovative film industry. International Producers were treated to exclusive access to the Frankenweenie sets and puppets, as well as props and sets from Abbate's previous films The Corpse Bride (Burton) and Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson), both of which were also produced at 3 Mills.
The Frankenweenie exhibition will showcase the extraordinary work that goes on behind the scenes at East London's 3 Mills Studios, now neighbors with the equally extraordinary Olympic 2012 Stadium.
Frankenweenie is released in the UK by Disney on 17 October.
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