Tuesday, 30 March 2010

A Golden Ticket to meet Tim Burton

Tim Burton, 'Surrounded', 1996, Oil and acrylic on canvas

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is hosting acclaimed filmmaker and artist Tim Burton for the opening of an exhibition of his works in June and is seeking young Australians to be Tour Guides, which also includes the opportunity to meet the man himself.

ACMI's 'Tim Burton Tour Guide' opportunity is open to under 18's across Australia from today. Applications must come in the form a 3 minute video.

Successful applicants will meet Tim Burton, be inducted by ACMI staff, hear from curators about how he created his art and films, and then take the public on a tour of the exhibition on at least one occasion.

ACMI Screen Events Manager, Helen Simondson, says that applicants should be inventive but also remember that if successful they will have to hold a tour of the exhibition.

"We want young people to get creative and display enthusiasm and confidence, but we also want them to remember that the best tour guides are informative, interesting and able to speak well on their subject," said Helen. "We need to see that you have the skills to be a fantastic tour guide."

Knowledge of Tim Burton's art and films is essential and so, to help budding tour guides, ACMI has supplied a fact sheet of resources on our website.

The application form is available online and must be submitted complete with a link to the YouTube location of the 3 minute application video. Applications must be received by Friday 21 May and will be judged by panel of ACMI staff who will make the final selection and notify successful applicants. It is important both applicants and their parent or guardian read the Application Guidelines before applying. Key in these is that applicants and their guardians must be available to meet Tim Burton in the week commencing Monday 22 June and conduct at least one tour. Each tour will be designed by ACMI staff in consultation with the successful applicant. Successful applicants will take part in a voluntary capacity.

The exhibition, Tim Burton, explores the full scale of Burton's career, as director, concept artist illustrator and photographer, through hundreds of artworks that spectacularly illuminate the creative vision behind films such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Alice in Wonderland.

Tracing Burton's visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature work in film, the exhibition brings together over 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, moving-image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, and includes an extensive film series spanning his 27-year career.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of live events, film screenings, workshops and tours. 

Direct from New York's Museum of Modern Art, Tim Burton is presented as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2010 and follows ACMI's blockbuster exhibitions Pixar: 20 Years of Animation and Game On.

Tim Burton opens on 24 June and will run until 10 October 2010 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.

Applications for 'Tim Burton Tour Guide' close Friday 21 May 2010.

For more information, the application form and guidelines, please click here.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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