Director Tim Burton, executive producer Don Hahn, producer Allison Abbate and stars Martin Landau, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short came together to discuss London Film Festival opening film Frankenweenie today. The panel were on good form, with Martin Short impersonating Burton and Martin Landau doing an impression of Alfred Hitchcock. Burton talked about working with the close-nit group. The director has worked with all of the panel on at least one previous occasion. The panel were asked to each offer their first impressions of Burton, which ranged from Catherine O’Hara being late for their initial meeting to Martin Landau seeing Beetlejuice at the cinema and him wanting to work with Burton because of the film.
Tim Burton also spoke about the importance of shooting Frankenweenie in black and white, stating that it gives the film the feel of an old horror movie, even for those too young to have watched them. The director remarked that he still considered himself to be outside the mainstream, despite the commercial success of his films. Martin Landau likened working with Burton to a ‘playground’, while Martin Short praised the director for giving actors the opportunity to express their thoughts.
The BFI London Film Festival runs 10-21 October 2012. Frankenweenie opens in cinemas on 17th October 2012.