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

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


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"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."

"It Happened One Night" in the "Grand Hotel"

Updated on November 26, 2007, 12:34 PM - Written by Tim Buttner


The early years of the 1930's saw an emergence of varying styles and techniques for dealing with the advent of sound. Dramas and comedies became reliant on the use of synchronized sound to picture for conveying important information, yet the techniques for conveying this information differentiated from filmmaker to filmmaker.

When Grand Hotel opens the audience is introduced to various characters from its ensemble cast, each sharing the history and present state of their character. It's done through the conversation they have on the phone with an unseen person. Comparably, in Citizen Kane and It Happened One Night, the same kind of important information is revealed through newspaper clippings or the use of montage. Citizen Kane uses the montage moreover than It Happened One Night, but together they share the use of the newspaper to get across important exposition.

Interestingly enough the introduction to a major character in Grand Hotel takes time before the audience actually sees the ballerina Grusinskaya, but a lot is revealed about her from what her maid says in the beginning. Similar to the introduction of the character Rick from Casablanca, the first time the character embodies the screen; the audience doesn't get a look at her face. She's laying in bed moaning and depressed telling her maid, "I want to be alone." Without seeing her or her face the audience has a complete understanding of who this character is and what her state of mind is, because of her body language and actions, just like when meeting Rick in Casablanca.

Despite the amazing power brought to the screen by allowing the actors to speak, filmmakers still had to show the audience about the characters as opposed to tell them. Grand Hotel does a lot of telling in its introduction of characters, but doesn't forget that film is a visual medium. The technique for showing the audience about the character lasts on past the days of silent cinema.


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