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."

Luke, The US Will Be With You, Always

Updated on November 2, 2008, 2:13 PM - Written by Tim Buttner


Is it possible that Luke Skywalker represents the United States of America in the first installment of the Star Wars movies? The people of the US were tired of the corruption in their government, and its failure to do anything to fix it. "The Clone Wars" in the Star Wars universe represents two different conflicts that the United States fought in to battle the spread of Communism on the planet Earth. Those conflicts, Korea and Vietnam, were part of American's recent memory at the time of the first Star Wars release, especially Vietnam, and lent to the suspended belief that Luke represented them.

Luke talks about the rebellion but feels there's nothing he can do to aid it in its fight against the Empire, which represents the Communist regime of the USSR, and whines about never being able to get out of his dead-end life as a moister farmer. His answer comes in the form of two droids carrying a distress call from Princess Leia, whose part of the Rebel Alliance, intended for Obi-Wan Kenobi. The American people's answer came in the form of viewing first hand corruption in its highest power at Watergate, which propelled them to cry out for change. The change didn't come quickly but, in its own way, it managed to prove the infallibility of the young United States that was policing the world. Maybe the Empire was in some way the United States then, and Luke Skywalker was supposed to be rebelling against the atrocities being committed by those in power, to which the American people needed to rebel against.

The major turning point in Luke's decision to accompany Obi-Wan and the droids to Alderaan is the death of his aunt and uncle by the faceless Stormtroopers, who we've now learned stemmed from the Clone Troopers of the Clone Wars. The American people didn't have as major of a turning point to make them decide to push for change in their government because Nixon left office and a new political party took over. They were angry because Ford pardoned Nixon and allowed him to get away with his crimes, but that's not the same as Luke losing his aunt an uncle.

Luke represents the American people because he goes from sitting around complaining about what is happening in his universe, but not doing anything about it, to becoming an active member in a group determined to restore the former glory, and as well bring new and improved politics, to his universe. This of course meant fighting against the evil Empire that had taken over, and in terms of the American people it meant taking an active part in their democratic rights, which included protests and rallies. It also meant that besides working to improve their own country, Americans were going work hard to improve the rest of the world as well, and that meant in a lot of ways to work to offset the spread of Communism.

Were the actions of America's people correct? History has proven that some of their decisions were for the better, while some of their others lead to further disaster and war (I'm referring to Al Queda and 9/11, because it was America who assisted in the groups fight against the Soviets). We've only seen to the victory of the Rebellion on the Star Wars saga, and Lucas has only shown what came before, but it is possible that one day Lucas will let us see Episodes 7, 8, and 9. When that day comes we will be able to see whether Luke's efforts were worth it.


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