Tim Buttner - Multi-Media Expert

Tim is a Multi-Media Expert with skills that span various forms of media. Tim began writing screenplays before he was twelve, completing his first feature-length screenplay at sixteen. He began filming in high school and at seventeen gained experience interning at Edgewood Studios on the set of Zombie Town. Tim continued to study film at Drexel University, establishing himself in the Stereoscopic 3D revolution after attending workshops in New York City with Florian Maier on Stereoscopic Film Production. After graduating from Drexel's Film & Video Program with a Bachelor of Science, and with a Screenwriting & Playwriting Minor, Tim worked for Digital Revolution Studios under Craig Tanner and further worked in stereoscopic 3D. While at Drexel Tim co-founded a company (One Forest Films) with high school friends and for several years helped build the company as CTO, and Chief Web Designer. Tim has been a contributing writer for MarketSaw, and as well selected as a Beta Tester for Blackmagic Design on the URSA Mini 4.6K camera.




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—Favorite Quotes—

"Cinematography, a military art. Prepare a film like a battle." — Robert Bresson

"'Nobody's perfect' is the line that most sums up my work. There is no comedy, no drama about perfect people." — Billy Wilder

"Structure depends on strategy: strategy is determined according to events." — Cao Cao, from Sun Tzu's The Art of War

"I shall hang my 'lecturing' on the same peg with my other failures and follies. It must be a long peg and a strong peg to hold them all." — George Perkins Marsh

"Will the science of the human heart, around which all contemporary art is based, exhaust so completely the writer's powers of imagination that in future the only novels that are written will be chronicles of various events?" — Giovanni Verga

"Train easy, fight hard… and die.
 Train hard, fight easy… and win." — Unknown


—Personal Quotes—

"Movies are not watched. They are an encounter with a life's experience not your own."

"I'm well trained in the art of turning shit to gold."

"'My favorite movies are the ones inside my head."

I Left "Casablanca" to Find Redemption "On the Waterfront"

Updated on October 29, 2007, 1:10 AM - Written by Tim Buttner


A good policy for getting by in this world is isolationism and to be deaf and dumb. Association only brings trouble, especially if talking about the activities of those associates can lead to more trouble. One never should go looking for trouble, after all and that's the policy lived by Rick Blaine in Casablanca and Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront. The path to redemption for both Rick and Terry come through several factors.

One factor is a McGuffin like device, i.e. the Letters of Transit for Rick and the coat of Joey Doyle's for Terry. The Letters of Transit put Rick in a position of power once they fall into his possession, and several characters put themselves in front of him asking for him to give them the Letters, included a former love, Ilsa. The coat that goes from Joey Doyle, to Timothy J. Dugan, and finally Terry is very similar to the boots from All Quiet On the Western Front. Unlike the boots though, the jacket doesn't completely foreshadow impeding death, even if two of the characters that possess it meet such a fate, but instead their willingness to speak out against Johnny Friendly and his organization.

Another factor is the assistance from the women in their lives to bring them closer to redemption. For Rick, Ilsa's return in his life reminds him of time in his life when he once cared for something other than himself. Seeing her love for her husband, and his devotion to his cause is a reawakening to Rick that he too once believed in something, something worth fighting for. Terry falls in love with Joey's sister, Edie, and through her realizes the good fight for better work conditions for longshoremen. He grows to learn that he's always taken the dive and never stood up for himself.

Redemption in both these movies portray important messages to the audience that the filmmakers wished to share. In Casablanca it was to symbolize of how isolationism was not the best policy for the U.S. in the Second World War, and in On the Waterfront it was to represent that it takes more bravery to speak out against those who take advantage over the weak.


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