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Two Burton films that I will be watching this year - Alice Through the Looking Glass and Miss Peregrine's Home for Perculiar Children. I take an especial interest because of the films study unit that I took last academic year.  I have always loved Tim Burton's work, but appreciated it more when I studied the camera angles, the motiffs etc.

For one who is seldom seen in the cinema, I await with great anticipation.
Trailer for Miss Peregrine's Home For Perculiar Children )
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I have been ploughing YouTube for inspiration, as I need distraction. I feel creatively stifled at the moment and I KNOW come Saturday, I will have to get back to some form of study.  I was looking for royalty-free music and came across Kevin MacLeod again (last used for Tell Tale Heart etc.). I can feel a script coming on.  I think this has a Danny Elfman/Tim Burton-esque feel to it. I will have to have a repraisal of 'The Nutcracker' suite.

I know that MacLeod has got it on loop, but that might be just the thing I need.
Bonus Track - Danny Elfman: Alice )
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My presentation and seminar paper was delivered today. I do feel a certain sense of relief, but also I feel a bit down. I suppose I had blocked out a certain amount of things and used Burton as an escape. Now, the full enormity of everything has just hit me.

So, I am going to hit the bar with some of my class mates. Chin, chin...

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Everything has been checked and emailed - just need to find a memory stick for the lot and prepare for tomorrow.  It has taken a bloody long time, but I do have a sense of completion and I feel a certain amount of affection for TB.  Mostly because I have had to face down some personal odds, but there you go.

Tomorrow is the day - bring it on.

(Gif credit - When In Your Twenties
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Well, the PP is finished - I had a LOT to do and hadn't realised it.  I was thinking about the Mise-en-Scene and realised about 3 o'clock this morning that I hadn't done nearly enough.  So many hours and a lot of sweat later, the PP has been finished - will have to practice it a bit tomorrow. I have to cross reference it with my seminar paper now.  Most of that will be done tomorrow, but I am making a start on that today :-)
Sleepy Hollow Fire Pumpkin )

Sleepy Hollow Gifs Credit - The Bearded Professor
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Truthfully, I have gotten a bit fed up with this.  Not Burton himself, per se but most definitely the stop/start and glitches/restart.  Friends have arrived and Hubby is happily yapping to them in the front room.  I want out - the weather is cold but gorgeous and my eyes are crossed, fingers sore from typing.  What on earth am I going to be like when I hit my third year? I have less than 4 months to churn the rest of the stuff out.  Onward with the PP - I have a feeling that I won't go to bed until 90% of this bloody thing has been delivered.

How to kill the love of something stone dead - spend a month on the project and have a series of f*** ups on both the seminar paper AND the PP.  Making progress, but getting cabin fever.

Good news is - I think I am about 80% the way there.  The last 20% will be wrestling with detail and some nips and tucks.  At least I can tell my lecturers that everything will be ready by the due date - will not breathe out til the lot has been done.

I will be working on this when I get home tomorrow.  The plus side is because I am changing the PP, I am also going back over my essay and rewriting it, making a better job of it.
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I had started this PP back on the 9th January, so have had a bit of a head start.  I have managed 19 slides so far, with quotes from my essay and photos attached.  I want this done by Sunday afternoon, lest I go mad.  Saying that, I far prefer Burton than studying Scorsese, Tarantino or Kubrick - even Spielberg would have totally done my head in.  Burton is a fascinating character, I'll give him that :-)

Huge mishap - PP developed hitch so I have to copy everything over piece meal to another PP.  Seriously annoyed as this has taken half of my day up just unravelling the mess.  Plus I have had intermittent internet problems, which really suck. We have friends due over tomorrow, but Hubby and P2 will have to do the entertaining.
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I have to lose 487 words by midnight tonight.  Right now I am not sure how I am going to do this.


Well, I have managed to shorten it and have 158 words to lose.


87 words to cull.


Done it - woohooo.  Onward to the PP!!

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Well, it's been a bloody long haul.  I started this essay on the 7th January (as previously discussed, I DID have extentuating circumstances).  I have written it, but need to cut swathes into it - lots of judicial editing needed (approximatley 500 words need shaving off).  I have focused primarily on Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sleepy Hollow, but have thrown in Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice and both Frankenweenies in for good measure.  After this will be the PP.  I have done at least a third of it and when the essay is in the bag, the PP should be straight forward.
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It is just as well that I am doing Burton, as I would have become even more bored than I am now.  It always happens when I remain too long on a project.  I can't help but feel that the seminar paper lack a LOT of stuff.  I spoke to a former year 2 student, who said she had the same problem with Stanley Kubrick.  I just think that I need more techy terms for film development (that I probably should have researched more on it all - but because of circumstance, I didn't).

2,010 words but a LOT needs rewriting.


I have been at this sporadically all day.  I need to go back to my drawing board. 2,500 words, way over count, haven't dicussed screen angle or shots and feel like this is a bloody huge mess.


At long last, I can see progress.  I restructured the essay on my board, gutted it down on a fresh document and block copied chunks over.  it is looking a hell of a lot better and I think I will expand and pare back where necessary. I can breathe out a bit now - it also means that the PP will look tidier too :-)
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I can't believe I am still doing this 2 weeks down the line.  This hospital business takes you way off track - right now Hubby is back inside hospital and having various parts of him reassessed.  Right now, I will have to get back to the grindstone as I have spent too much time away.  I want to also concentrate on the shock value that Burton uses - like the Maitland's trying to scare the Deetz family in Beetlejuice and Beetlejuice's own scare tactics.  Also, the witch in the cave of Sleepy Hollow.

I do feel like I am getting somewhere. 1,883 words - 307 spare and I think I am over 2/3rds the way there.  Something that does help me concentrate is having the headphones on listening to BROWN NOISE

I find that a combination of that and listening to Classic FM online just makes me channel myself away from distraction and helps me focus.  It does rather sound like I am taking a blow torch to the London Philharmonic Orchestra, but hey - whatever works :-)

2,005 words - I may have to watch Sweeney Todd, Batman maybe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (though I am not keen on the former or the latter).  Meanwhile - I think I am done for the night :-)
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I feel like I have been compiling and researching this forever - this has only been protracted because of unforseen circumstances.  I have written about 1,400 words or so with a good 800 to follow and I am about a thrid the way through the PP.  it kinda all went to the wall when Hubby was diagnosed then had his stint in the hospital.

Today, I want to discuss his artistic style first seen in The Stalk of the Celery Monster and his artwork in The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy/Stain Boy.

Well, I scratched that idea for now and rearranged a lot of stuff.  Will be looking at Sleepy Hollow and Alice in Wonderland again, also considering Sweeney Todd - but not too fond of the latter.  I wasn't entirely convinced of the chemistry between Depp and Bonham Carter to be honest.
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I have spent the day watching three Burton films back to back - 'Corpse Bride,' 'Frankenweenie' (2012 animated version) and 'Sleepy Hollow.' Think I have some themes I can work with now.
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Abercrombie the Horrible Zombie Dog )

I had a better day yesterday than expected, but today I am really dragging my ass.  I think that I have sussed how I am going to write the essay - style/theme/camera angles/cast & crew, concentrating on first the animations then the live action films.  It is very tempting to try to do this all in timeline order.  
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Spent the previous day away as I had to attend meetings and see important people.  I had spent the last day watching Edward Scissorhands and today I am watching Vincent and some of The Nightmare Before Christmas to understand Burton's stylistic approach. More later.

This is one 'Messay Essay' - 1,200 words partly plan, part observation.  Some structure but mostly very loosely connected.  My concentration levels are zero, mainly because of added burdens. Onward, I suppose - I want to see SOME progress.  It doesn't help that I am trying to craft a Burton PP alongside.  i would do it separately, but in forming the PP, it is actually helping me direct the essay.

I do actually feel like I have made some headway.  A LOT of reaaranging and consequential rewriting.  I had a cunning plan, then had to restructure it again - hence the mess.  I think I might be calling it a day soon.  Dinner beckons and I don't think I will be inclined to tie myself to the desk until late.

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