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."

Life of Pi Review


Updated on November 30, 2012, 8:08 PM - Written by Tim Buttner

 

Driving home after seeing Life of Pi was filled with an inner debate over the movie's story. Not wanting to give too much away, it leaves any one who sees it with a perception driven question. The answer that that person chooses is definitive of their personality, and how they percieve life.


Life of Pi is one of the year's best. Ang Lee has delivered an absolutely breathtaking and beautiful film that is more than a fantastical journey. It's a study of life. It's also a study between the relationships between humans and animals. Pi Patel (played by Suraj Sharma) survives a shipwreck and finds himself in a lifeboat with an unexpected survivor... a fierce Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The relationship and bond that forms between the two as they drift across the pacific is the heart and soul of the movie. It's a relationship that works magnificently.


The movie's imagery is like art in motion. There are images that will last forever in history... and all are in stereoscopic 3D. The 3D stereographer (Brian Gardner; whom I had the pleasure of meeting while living in Los Angeles) was also the stereoscopic consultant on Coraline, another brilliant 3D movie. His sterography is beyond stunning... it's a measure of brilliance. Ang Lee was right to choose him as his stereographer because the depth in this movie was so perfect to the story. When Pi needs to be on his own little raft away from the lifeboat, and the tiger, the distance can be felt. The vast emptyness of the ocean... the massive waves of a sea storm... the world is alive because of the 3D. However, all the 3D images work in unison with Claudio Miranda's impressive cinematography. It's his choices in color and lenses that made the images look like paintings. Although, there was a lot of digital artwork as well. Overall the imagery is a fine accomplishment deserving of the Best Cinematography nomination it's sure to get. And this was shot digitally on the Arri Alexa with Cameron | Pace Fusion Rigs.


The sound design and music was cerebral. It added so much to the atmosphere, and made it so that the world was rich with life. Another contender for nominations this year, and by in large it deserves it.


The movie did have a slow pace, and that caused it to drag a bit. Although for a movie as esoteric as this it can be accepted. However, the flashback storytelling device did become a chore to put up with. It only added a little, but not enough to make it worth the time. It would have been preferred to see the whole story in a linear fashion, and only at the end have the framing device used. That's a small nitpick however.


This is a must see movie. It's a wonderful movie to start a debate and to figure out the personality of anyone that goes to see it. Which interpretation of the film do they have? For me the story of the young man who survives a shipwreck and journeys with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat is the one I'd like to see over and over again.

 

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