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."

Alfred Hitchcock: Identity

Updated on June 1, 2008, 6:14 PM - Written by Tim Buttner


Alfred Hitchcock had cunning in the presentation of certain ideas in his movies such that psychologists were able to take great pleasure in psychoanalyzing Hitchcock's characters. The concept of identity, or more so the lack of self identify, in Hitchcock characters is an examination of the human psyche and as a result brings questions about what is identity.

In Hitchcock's Psycho the character of Norman Bates has a particularly warped identity crisis. Norman is Norman Bates, but at the same time he is also his mother, at least in the capacity of a split-personality where he can either entirely be himself, entirely be his mother, or be capable of holding conversations between both personalities. When he assumes the identity of his mother he dresses like her, talks like her, and kills in jealous rage like her. At least he's not a compulsive thief.

Marnie Edgar has an identity crisis that exists because she's a con artist and a compulsive thief, although it could exist for reasons that stem back to a traumatic experience in her past. Does Marnie really know who she is? Truth is yes, but that doesn't mean that those she interacts with can't have a troublesome time with her identity. She has an old employer who she robbed who believes her name to be Marion Holland who has black wavy hair, but sadly for him Marnie is a blond. Although she skips around with her identities at least she doesn't believe she's the reincarnation of a dead woman.

Judy Barton believes she's a reincarnation of Carlotta-- No wait, Judy pretends to be Madeline Elster who believes that she's the reincarnation of... Hitchcock has created a conundrum here of a real identity crisis. Judy has been hired by Madeline's husband, Gavin, to trick his old friend Scottie into believing that she's Madeline and that she's suffering from an identity crisis that makes her potentially suicidal so that they can kill Madeline and make Scottie a witness. The only problem is that Judy falls in love with Scottie as he falls in love with the idolization of Madeline.

Hitchcock was a psychologists best friend because he created such great case examples for them, especially in the realm of a person's identity.


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