Tim Burton Is Using Twitter Followers For New Storyline
Tim Burton is using Twitter for more than just his own personal tweets. The Alice in Wonderland director is currently looking to Twitter followers to help him with an experiment. Using the technique named Cadavre Exquis (Exquisite Corpse), Burton is having followers help write his next story. The technique works like this: every person “adds to the story in sequence, building on the last line revealed.”
The story that Burton is currently running uses the character “Stainboy” which has appeared in Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, and the first line reads like this:
“Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor.”
Followers can add their own lines as often as they’d like, but need to use the hashtag #BurtonStory, but only a few will be selected for use each day. Burton says that “inappropriate submissions will be blocked”… and it’s hard for me to wrap my brain around what Burton would consider inappropriate!
The experiment runs officially November 22 through December 6th. As a MASSIVE Tim Burton fan (in my house he’s just affectionately known as “Tim”), I’m REALLY intrigued by this and will probably be spending much more time on Twitter.
If you’re looking read some of the submissions that weren’t selected you can view them all on the Cadavre Exquis website. This project is in relation to the travelling retrospective of Burton’s work which has opened today in Toronto.
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