Tim Burton has always been my favorite director.
From the first time I saw Nightmare Before Christmas I knew I loved his style. Burton’s dark and quirky genre of film has attracted many fans, including me, over the years.
The thing that always appealed to me about his work, is that no matter how dark the colors and the characters may be, the movie always seems so bright.
Take Edward Scissorhands, for example. This movie terrified me the first time I saw it, 7-year-old me would cling to my mother at the sight of a transformed Johnny Depp.
As I got older, I began to look past the frightening front of this movie to the much deeper meaning found in it.
Edward Scissorhands was much more than a bizarre story about a man with scissors for hands. It was about isolation and self discovery, and I learned so much from it.
Movies have always been a constant in my life.
Whenever I was sad, angry or just felt alone, the eccentric and beautiful characters of Tim Burton would fill me with laughter and joy.
I related to his characters so deeply – so much they’ve almost became apart of me.
In my life, I’ve always been considered an outsider, I’ve done my own thing and been happy while doing it.
When I started high school things began to change. If you weren’t like every other girl in the school you were suddenly weird.
Not fitting in is an age-old story, especially for teenage girls, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. I was different, and I knew that, except suddenly it didn’t feel so great.
Naturally, I turned the imagination of Tim Burton. His characters are almost always outsiders, look at Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice or Sally from Nightmare before Christmas.
These two outsiders both have huge hearts and make a difference to the people around them. That’s what I strive to be.
While I know I’ll probably never be a Tim Burton character (though Tim if you’re reading this, call me), I know, no matter how weird or different I may be, I can make a difference.
And that’s what I’ve learned from Tim Burton.