Tim Burton is a remarkable filmmaker who has produced some brilliant work and is destined to produce more films to amaze us in the coming years. In fact, in 2005 he has a couple of promising films coming out, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Corpse Bride.
One of the greatest things about Tim Burton – at least in my biased opinion – is his penchant – or the penchant of his design team – for using fonts which I designed. They’ve shown up in various forms in his past films and are going to be featured in these two upcoming films as well. Very flattering, very gratifying, but sometimes frustrating.
Here’s the rub and why I’m posting about this on Blogcritics as well as on my own company website, in hopes of reaching the widest and most knowledgable audience. In the trailer for The Corpse Bride Burton is using my Buccaneer font for the titles. That’s great, except that he seems to be using an early release which has a variety of design defects in it which I hate to see immortalized on celluloid. The capital ‘A’ is kludged together, the numbers are entirely wrong, and there are some defects in weighting and spacing which stand out to a trained eye. This version of Buccaneer was originally released almost 10 years ago and was replaced not long after with an improved version and then another revision was done in 2002 which made it just about perfect.
As an artist I hate to see an imperfect version of my work being used in a prominent place like film titles from one of my favorite directors. But I have no idea how to get hold of Tim Burton, which of my company’s customers might be on his design team, or how to contact some appropriate person to get them a current version of the font. This is never something I’ve tried to do before, but there’s no contact info on the movie website and I don’t know where to go from here. Does anyone out there know a secret way to get hold of Tim Burton, his production company or his graphic design team? If you’ve got the secret key, please drop me an email.