Class is in

Margaret Pomeranz and Tim Burton at the Masterclass

The sold-out Masterclass with Burton was the hottest ticket in town last night. ACMI’s Cinema 2 was packed to the rafters, while fans braved the freezing cold in Fed Square to watch a live simulcast of the event on the big screen.

Check out our pics from the night – including an impromptu visit by Tim Burton to the first of our late-night Thursday Burton Club events.

The crowd gathers at Fed Square for the Masterclass

The crowd begins to gather at Fed Square for the Masterclass broadcast

Crowd at Fed Square watching the Masterclass

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's 'Solar Equation' provides a fitting 'Nightmare Before Christmas'-style backdrop

The Masterclass beamed onto the Fed Square screen

Burton apologises to all who are watching his enormous face beamed onto the huge Fed Square screen

Margaret Pomeranz and Tim Burton at the Masterclass

Tim Burton reveals to Margaret his secret talent (developed while working at Disney) - the ability to sleep sitting up at a desk with a pencil in his hand

Watching the Masterclass from the Burton Club

Fans watch the Masterclass from the relative warmth of the Burton Club

Crowd watching the Masterclass at Fed Square

While out at Fed Square, fans braved the freezing cold

The Burton Club

'Ensemble Las Medusas' entertain the crowd at the Burton Club

Burton pays a visit to the Burton Club

Tim Burton pays a visit to the Burton Club after his sold-out Masterclass session

Burton is mobbed by fans in the Burton Club

'Ensemble Las Medusas' are overshadowed by Burton, who is mobbed by fans in the Burton Club

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8 Responses to “Class is in”

  1. Ro-mac 25. Jun, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Pretty cool!

  2. Dreamer 26. Jun, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I find Tim Burton incredibly sexy!

  3. Master Bates 26. Jun, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    LOL, nice dreamer ;)

    But he does have an amazing imagination <3

  4. Funkykitsune 28. Jun, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I missed out on this ;_;
    Will Burton ever come back to Melbourne?

  5. Supachicnic 30. Jun, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    I wish I knew about the book signing. How was that communicated to people? I would have flown in on the Wednesday (we arrived Thurs afternoon) from Sydney to make sure I could attend. I’m gutted that I missed that!

    The Masterclass was great, although I was disappointed that Tim Burton’s creative process wasn’t discussed in more depth. It was really a chronological interview with him about his films rather than a “masterclass” discussing/ teaching things such as; his brainstorming process, sources of inspiration, his sketching process and techniques, directing techniques/ tips, cinematography ideas, poetry/ writing tips, insight on collaborating with other artists/ writers/ designers etc. As a designer, illustrator and animator that was what I was expecting. As the Masterclass accompanied the exhibition of Tim Burton’s drawings and artwork you would think that the art and creative process would be the focus. It should have been titled “An Interview With Tim Burton the Filmmaker.” In saying all of this, I feel very fortunate to have attended the Masterclass and found Tim Burton to be a very inspiring, extremely creative and charming man, who surprisingly didn’t have a large ego. Love you Tim X

    PS Please hire me! :)

  6. ACMI 01. Jul, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Hi Supachicnic. Great that you enjoyed the Masterclass, even if the direction it took wasn’t what you expected. Tim really was remarkable and we all would have loved to be able to glean even more from him. Sorry that you missed the book signing. To be honest, it was really tricky for us. There was only a limited window of time and a huge public turnout was going to create a lot of disappointment. What we did was to encourage die-hard Burton fans in every way we could to keep in touch with us through our enews, Facebook and Twitter and this is how the news was released. As it was, we had fans starting to queue from 1am! Inspiring, creative and charming – yes, Mr Burton was unquestionably all of those.

  7. Alex Scissorhands 02. Jul, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Will the video from the Tim Burton Masterclass be available soon? You can find a short excerpt from it here: http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s2931032.htm

  8. ACMI 02. Jul, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Alex. Yes, the Burton Masterclass is in its final edit and we’re expecting it in the next week, or week and a bit. Stay tuned.

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