Unconscious decisions and intuition: Tim Burton and neuroscience
Posted Oct 24 2009 10:00pm
Much of what we do, including our creative motivation and work, comes from or is strongly influenced by subconscious aspects of our mind – our intuition and shadow self, among other concepts.
In an interview about his films including the upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” (with the powerfully emotive Mia Wasikowska from the HBO series ‘In Treatment’ as Alice, and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter), director Tim Burton commented about his creative inspiration.
“I think we’re all a product of our upbringing, you know, in a sense,” he said. “I wasn’t a very literary person. I loved movies.
“What you grow up with is what influences you. Whether you were a reader and there’s a lot of books that you sort of want to translate to film or if it’s other things that took in. I was definitely of a generation where the things I grew up watching still have impact on me.
“There’s something about exercising that aspect of your personality or working with something that’s meant a lot to you. It’s just another way of processing ideas and all.
“So it’s not really a conscious decision. I don’t open up old ‘TV Guides’ and sit there and think, ‘Hmmmm, ‘Sanford & Son’, that’s the the movie I want to do. I watched that when I was a child…’ ”