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."

Steadicam Analysis: Elephant

Updated on February 10, 2009, 5:09 AM - Written by Tim Buttner


With a movie such as Elephant (2003), from acclaimed indie director Gus Van Sant, where there are a cornucopian number of Steadicam shots throughout the picture, because the movie is mainly told through Steadicam shots, it becomes difficult to select one as significant and distinguishable from the others in terms of aesthetics and level of difficulty. The whole movie had one Steadicam operator. A frequent collaborator with Van Sant, Matías Mesa created an atmospheric style to his operation that is similar to his other collaborations with Van Sant on Gerry (2002) and Last Days (2005). The shots are long and uninterrupted. Often these shots feel poetic, which creates a new visual language for the critics and audience to interpret and form their own meaning. Yet, does this assist in telling the story?

A specific shot of interest is one where we follow the school jock, Nathan, as he travels across the school. In it he strolls down one hallway, up a flight of stairs, down another hallway, outside, back inside, and to the school office. The shot lasts two minutes and fifty-seven seconds, and is accompanied by Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven, which had begun in the previous Steadicam shot, which had a long intro to Nathan and the beginning of his journey.

The shot continues a feeling that, we the audience, are traveling in the same direction as Nathan. This feeling is a motif that runs throughout the movie, because the last shot is on Nathan and Carrie, the girlfriend he meets in the shot in discussion, fleeing into a cooler from the gunman who, after killing his partner, stalks down to the freezer and discovers them. Well, that may not necessarily be the last shot of the movie, but it is when it comes to involving the charact...

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