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."

Alfred Hitchcock: Visual Storyteller

Updated on April 26, 2008, 6:12 PM - Written by Tim Buttner


Alfred Hitchcock is considered to be such a masterful filmmaker that his method of shooting each individual picture has been studied for decades and referenced as such a visually innovative and influential form of storytelling that to match it is folly. Hitchcock mastered the art of suspense through a combinative blend of parallelism, humor, and placing the viewer in the perspective of the subject.

Hitchcock believed suspense came from the knowledge of information unknown to the protagonist; a device demonstrated by many of Hitchcock's masterworks including Shadow of Doubt, Notorious, Rope, and Strangers on a Train. Hitchcock understood the use of visual images composed specifically and juxtaposed methodologically to convey the visceral response he wanted. He was able to position the camera in ways to subliminally tell the audience information without sound, and then was able to add sound upon it to add more to the complex situation.

An example is in Rope where the audience is forced to focus upon Mrs. Wilson clearing the chest, which David has been hidden in, and getting closer to opening it to discover the body while the others chatter idly off screen. In focusing the audience's attention away from those we know are trying to hide the body we become unaware as to whether they can see Mrs. Wilson, and yet realize that she is about to discover their secret.

Perhaps Hitchcock does it better through the use of POV in Notorious, where we finally witness the effects of the poison Alicia has been consuming just as she is realizing that she is being poisoned. Or his use of parallelism in Strangers on a Train, where Guy suffers a reverse of fortune trying to stop Bruno, but we see that Bruno too suffers a reverse and must overcome and obstacle.

It's possible Hitchcock's brand of suspense comes from his sense of humor for putting his characters into situations that the audience can...

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