33.0 Videodrome - With Tim Burns
Ever wanted to know why some horror works and some don’t? Especially when it comes to horror/comedy? Well, you’re in for a treat. In addition to sitting down with Becky and Cam to discuss 1983’s body-horror, "Videodrome", veteran screenwriter/scorer Tim Burns talks the business. We discuss the making of his 1993 film “Freaked!” and 1997’s “American Werewolf in Paris”. He’s got incredible insight, great tips for writers and having worked with both, Gary Busey and Randy Quaid, he’s got stories. Join us for a look back at Cronenberg and this amazing tax-shelter era tribute to perversion. Long Live the New Flesh!
Tim Burns is a Canadian screenwriter and composer best known for his work as cowriter of films like the ‘cult classic’ “Freaked”, “An American Werewolf in Paris”, and showrunner/co-exec producer of the hit Disney Channel TV series “My Babysitter’s A Vampire”. He has also written sketch comedy for the MTV Awards and Crank Yankers, as well as animation scripts for ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’, “Spliced’, ‘Sam and Max’ and other. But Tim got his start in network television way back in 1989 on The Jim Henson Hour (NBC), which just happened to be produced in his home town of Toronto, Canada. Working closely with Jim Henson and his head writer Jerry Juhl was a dream come true, and they liked young Tim’s material enough to give him a shot at his very first long-form script, ‘Dog City’. The resulting special earned Jim an Emmy for his direction, and spawned a successful animated series.
In addition to his writing for film and television, Tim is also an accomplished musician and composer. He has written (and even sings) the theme songs for numerous shows on the Sprout network, including The Goodnight Show, The Sunny Side Up Show, The Chica Show, and others. He has earned two regional Emmies for his kids’ music, and continues to marvel that anyone pays him to have so much fun.
Tim lives with his wife, 15 yr. old daughter, Sparkles the cat, and a LOT of musical instruments in Mississauga, Canada (just outside Toronto).
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