Tim Burton Calls Upon Twitter Users to Write a 'Stainboy' Story

November 28, 2010
Source: The Wrap


While the Museum of Modern Art features a retrospective looking back at the work of writer/director Tim Burton, the filmmaker is fiddling with a new piece of work with the help of the online community. Using the character from the flash animated shorts The World of Stainboy (which first appeared in Burton's short story collection The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories), The Wrap reports Burton is calling upon Twitter users to write a new story featuring Stainboy. Using Cadavre Exquis (aka Exquisite Corpse), any Twitter user adds to the story in sequence, building on the last line revealed. Details below!

Head on over to the story's main page, provided by the Toronto International Film Festival, to check out the story which has utilized over 40 tweets to tell the ongoing story thus far. Burton launched the story itself with this one line, "Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor." Following suit, users have been attempting to add the next line of the story complete with the hashtag #BurtonStory. Don't worry if yours doesn't get chosen, because all the potential entries can be seen in a stream on the same page containing the story itself.

The project officially started on November 22nd and runs until December 6th, so you still have eight days to make your mark and write a story with Tim Burton and plenty of other strangers. The story has gotten quite interesting recently and still has plenty of time for more submissions. Burton does ask that the tweets themselves don't get inappropriate (though that doesn't mean they won't be peculiar), but users are allowed to tweet as often as they like. However, only a few entries will be selected each day to continue the story. It would be quite interesting if the story ended up being turned into one of the familiar flash animation shorts sometime later, but for now, Burton is pretty busy prepping to shoot Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp.

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a sign of his soon to be loss of imagination?

Jericho on Nov 28, 2010


Do the twitterers get a credited when it's all said and done? I'm unsure really whether it'll be any good.

Crapola on Nov 28, 2010


"And then Johnny Depp. And then Helena Bonham Carter. And then a swirly shaped tree. And then a lot of black and white make-up. And then dull colors and as much fog as possible. The End."

SuicidalOptimist on Nov 28, 2010

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