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."

3D Update for Month of December 2010

Updated on December 20, 2010, 11:40 AM - Written by Tim Buttner


Hey all,

I had an interesting week without cable or Internet, up in Vermont and discovered a few things regarding the mergence of the two. And in that time, did I go to the theater? Yeah, Tron: Legacy. But you can read my review on that here. How have I watched movies or television? Pre-owned DVD's, Netflix, or iTunes. Have I begun reading any books? Yes. Thus changes my perception on the universe.

Movies and novels are but one in the same. Even long-form television, one that tells a story over a season or multiple seasons, is also a novel. Whereas novels use words, and the language it is written, to convey story and ideas, movies use visuals and sounds. The thing is that movie franchises have become so common that writer's in Hollywood need to adapt what the businessmen have corrupted. There are a few who plan out their full storyline in advance enough that as technology changes so will the way we create something fresh and alive for the audiences. I've wondered how the wireless world of the home has changed atmosphere, and even found that with television sets being connected to the Internet are in line with a future set on one service provider. The mergers have to happen for all people to merge the cost into a single overall fee, but wait isn't that what the carriers want to charge, and the FCC can do nothing to stop them. The thing is that certain ON DEMAND features use a simple SSL system that allows individuals an opportunity to log in and pay to see certain content, and you guessed that's essentially what iTunes is.

While Apple has broken into the niche market, there's also the process with which the masses want to pay a singular fee for all these services to be rolled into one. Now Apple, who only needs to free themselves from AT&T, which will let any carrier carry an internet fee, charges for their e-mail service that interfaces with all their devices, and Google has remained free… but maybe that will have to change for them. When the idea that the Android system is Google's, and yet it doesn't integrate with iTunes but its maps and search engines are used by the iPhone… circles and circles they go. The two companies should marry all ready because they've sat in the tree long enough to have forgone all foreplay. Christ for your birthday that would be a gift for humanity to do that along with its religion whose media crazed holiday has lost a tad bit of sanity. Marketing that started in October kind of killed the festivities that were happening then, but yet our advertiser world has changed venues in a not so pretty way. Hulu's paid service at least is an interesting SSL system that pays a distributor, and is readily available on Apple TV's service—

Want to know an irony? Take a visit to Apple's main website and read through the menu. Something missing? Also note that you buy the device is in the Apple Store to connect to your TV, but the fact is that TV manufacturers should be able to— Sell online custom built televisions that you can order Apple's device built into the TV's casing. That makes sense because 3D HDTV's are connecting to the Internet now…

Hold on… e-mail is an individual's account and it's tide to Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, iTunes, Phone… I'm getting dizzy. I've had e-mail as a charge my whole life, but paying Apple allows .me access to many services that are tied to their e-mail service, and Google does it for free. Did I already say that? Uh… There's also Apple's North Carolina storage center facility.

If there is anything I've learned from my conferences then there stands a certain fact that remains true, and that's what Moore's Law said about our tech rapidly accelerating with regards to our data speeds and computing capacities. I believe I said it once before (in some previous e-mail) that the distributors of movie theaters will pay for premium speeds to show the latest 10K high-def 3D movies projected at the fastest frame rate necessary for human eyes, and overcranking and undercranking for cinematographers will be based on that new rate. And that's the new business. Connectivity has changed a lot, because soon distributors will sell through the Internet and make profit… while the venues get the experience that finally has beverages for an intermission—

I just want to curse prohibition at this moment because movie theaters in the 20's had to suffer slightly from being dry, but venues today have fixed that—

And for the better of the entire line-up of digital camera systems that we shoot with have such perfect synchronization to our computers that we control them through precise and innovative engineering. Wait, and doesn't Apple offer a video editing software? Funny how it is ignored by Apple… wait, know I figured something out… iMovie comes on every computer and so on their phones, and yet if you go to the store you can buy an advanced editing software that edits 2D—

Wait? Apple has yet to move any service to 3D. What's holding them behind? Honestly the answer has never come to be. But can we edit REDCODE on Final Cut Pro? Yes… and 3D has struck gold for the RED EPIC… Apple for the sake of the start of the 10's make the leap—

On to the theater business with admissions to Avatar… and now Tron: Legacy. Avatar's 365-day grace period has passed and rolls in at: Number 13. Wow, way to go Gone with the Wind finishing at number 1 as always. Can you believe that it was 71 years ago that it cost $0.24 to see a movie? Yet the thing is that Avatar is the greatest International Champ at the box office for 365 days. Remember that 71 years ago it was a few film prints that distributors sent out and for the most part the rest of the world didn't get the same wide releases at the same time as the domestic as they do now. Box Office Mojo doesn't list an average ticket price for the Worldwide Yearly section making international distribution slightly difficult, but that is tough to calculate for some of the older movies likely because that list doesn't go past 1989.

Tron's weekend was better than it's predecessor, but it was too much hindered by the same week story-telling that the first had. The movie and it's effects looked gorgeous in 3D, and would you believe that ticket inflation puts the original's 1,619,658 opening weekend tickets sales far below the latest 3D re-telling at 5,484,276 tickets sold, domestically without counting in the International. It made a decent wad of cash, and the thing cost $170,000,000 to make… sadly I heard Disney sunk $150 Million to market the thing. Steep climb for the movie, but it should make its money back.

The certain fact that I love is that advertisers buy space at movie theaters for before the show, and essentially movie theaters are able to make a profit off that, pre-screening movie trailers, and concessions. The addition of alcoholic beverages to some theater venues has improved the experience for the late night crowd. What I do believe is that movie theaters should also have local advertisements on the flat screens in their lobbies to help businesses near it prosper so that they can in turn sell their customers on seeing a movie. The less sterile movie theaters are means the more they become part of the community, which is the best to keep business thriving.

I've rambled on… and given many hyperlinks… and philosophized enough for now. There won't be a new update until the New Year, but have Happy Holidays all.

Tim Buttner


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