Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
"Vincent" (1982) is the ninth film directed by Tim Burton. Burton's first 10 films as a director were all shorts beginning with "The Island of Doctor Agor" in 1971.
The now famous Saturn Sandworm which appears in Burton's "Beetlejuice" (1988) makes its first appearance in "Vincent."
Many critics saw parallels between Burton's "Vincent" and the silent German film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), but the director credited another source of influence:
[The movie] "just happens to be shot in black and white, and there's a Vincent Price/Gothic kind of thing that makes it feel that way," Burton said. "I think it probably has more to do with being inspired by Dr. Seuss. The rhythm of his stuff spoke to me very clearly. Dr. Seuss's books were perfect: right number of words, the right rhythm, great subversive stories."
Vincent Malloy's dog sports a Frankenstein-weenie-like appearance that inspired the look of the canine creature in Burton's 29-minute short "Frankenweenie" (1984) starring Shelley Duvall, Daniel Stern, Jason Hervey and Sofia Coppola. A full-length, animated feature film of the same name by Burton came nearly 30 years later starring Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short and Martin Landau.
A macabre movie maestro, Vincent Price (Laura, House on Haunted Hill, House of Wax) was delighted with the finished product which was Vincent:
"[It's] the most gratifying thing that ever happened. It was immortality — better than a star on Hollywood Boulevard."
As you enjoy watching "Vincent," notice that the faces of adults are never shown.
Another nod to Dr. Seuss is the fact that "Vincent" was originally conceived as a children's book and not a film.