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."

Who You Gonna Trust? ...Ghostbusters!


Updated on November 10, 2008, 12:01 PM - Written by Tim Buttner

 

According to 2001: A Space Odyssey computers aren't, just as Star Wars proves that the Empire isn't trustworthy. Alien brings to our realization that corporations are just as dangerous to trust. Is there anyone to trust? Who can you trust in this world? Universe?


Ridley Scott went from Alien to Blade Runner, which proves that not even our maker is trustworthy. The replicants, lead by Roy Batty, hide and are hunted by blade runner Deckard until Roy meets with Dr. Elden Tyrell. Their reason for being back on Earth is to extend their lifespan. Tyrell breaks the news that he can't reverse their termination date, and Roy crushes Tyrell's eyes back into his skull. This brutality and yet Roy saves Deckard's life seconds after pursuing him like a hound up an abandoned apartment building. Is there hope for trust from even a replicant? Deckard listens as Roy sums up the sum of his existence, and passes. Deckard can't trust his police superiors, because they roped him into this investigation and also because they want him to retire Rachel, a replicant he has fallen in love with. As Deckard and Rachel flee, Deckard notices a shiny paper origami. He picks up the unicorn shape, and knows Gaff had been there, and spared them. Deckard again witnesses trust by being spared by someone he couldn't trust previously.


A sharp contrast to the bleaker trust issues of Alien, and Blade Runner is far from cheerful, the question remains about who it is that you can trust. Ash, the resident human looking computer aboard the Nostromo, is a far cry different from the replicants of Blade Runner. He abides completely to orders that come from Mother, which was programmed by the company, and therefore he also does the bidding of the company. Blind obedience out of something that isn't human, but capable of deceiving them, and hindering them is exactly enough to make you never want to trust anyone you can't tell isn't "human". No matter what you can trust the alien to not fully trust humans, nor care because it's animal nature is clear and simple, making the alien a more understandable antagonist than the shady corporation.


Our society has trust issues now with the government, banks, and Wall Street gurus. There are also a lot of oil companies that have too much power, and a few diamond-eyed media corporations that propagandize and brainwash the shit out of the people. "Buy more, be happy," is readily memorable from George Lucas's THX-1138, which accurately displays the trust we should place into those media corporations. Steven Spielberg's Minority Report echoes the mistrust in media and retail because they have in place in the future Washington, D.C. area scanners that read your eye and advertise specific products to you based on your purchase history.


We, the people, are distracted while our government rewrites our history books and goes to war with foreign lands saying that they are and always have been our enemy. They will eventually switch to a different enemy and say that the latter had always been our ally, and that our new enemy has always been our enemy. That's the current climate of our governmental powers, and it reads a little like 1984. George Orwell wasn't writing about America's capitalism at the time, but it seems that America's capitalism has taken the place of communism or the evil dictatorship that distorts the principle of the belief.


Maybe we can trust children. Yes, it must be true because their innocence outshines the jilted and jaded adults that rule over them. Maybe that's why an alien like E.T. would seek help from them rather than the greater intelligent ones. Let's watch Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial to find out if children are the only ones we can trust?

 

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