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Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition

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This Halloween we see Tim Burton make his return to stop motion with his latest creation ‘Frankenweenie’.

The film, that opened the 56 BFI London Film Festival on the 10th of October and nationwide on the 17th of October, has received great reviews not only for its story but for its style, design and attention to detail that Burton’s cult followers has come to know and love.

So there was an eager line of people waiting to get into the Southbank Centre’s ‘Art of ‘Frankenweenie’ exhibition’ on the 17th to the 21st of October and for those unfortunate enough to miss it we can give you a little flavour of the exhibition here.

The exhibition itself was small but allowed visitors to see behind the scenes as well as move around sets used in the filming of ‘Frankenweenie’.

All models were painted with muted tones and lots of care and attention had been paid to creating models that represented Burton’s original sketches.

The exhibitions allowed visitors to interact with the working light systems that helped light the sets as well as actually have a photo taken in the set itself. This was a great gift to take away with you. Unfortunately (and understandably ) you aren’t allowed to touch the sets but being so close to them made you want to do nothing but interact with the puppets themselves.

The corner of the room displaying the use of 3d in the film was mesmerizing. 3D technology seems to enhance this movie experience exceptionally. It is nice to see that companies are using 3D in different ways. The use of 3d ‘Frankenweenie’ can be seen as a homage to old 3d horror genre such as ‘It Came From Outer Space’ and ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’.


The final part of the exhibition was a cinema that played a great deal of interesting ‘making of’ videos that revved up and enticed all people who’d seen the exhibition to run to the nearest cinema.

Those videos can be found here:

Overall the exhibition, although small and sometimes crowded, was a lovely insight into this stop motion film. It’s nice to see that the models have a use beyond the cinema screen and that the work done by the crew is being appreciated in all its glory. It’s always fascinating to see a stop motion set as an animator let alone one that has had been given the Burton make over.

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