Frankenweenie screens tonight

Frankenweenie Logo The 56th BFI London Film Festival gets underway today with 'Frankenweenie' screening at the Odeon Leicester Square and Imax cinema, as part of tonight's Opening Night Gala.

The film is officially being released nationwide in the UK next Wednesday 17th October. But for those that were lucky enough to get ticket's for tonight's special screenings as part of the festival, will get the chance to see Tim Burton's latest creation.

Frankenweenie Frames

We are very pleased to see our titles we created for the film to finally get their first UK showing. For those that are attending, we hope you enjoy.


Frankenweenie opens the BFI Festival

Frankenweenie opens BFI Festival Frankenweenie will open the 56th BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday 10 October, with a first time for the BFI simultaneously premiering Tim Burton's film in 30 cinemas nationwide, including the Odeon Leicester Square and the BFI IMAX.

We have recently finished the titles for the film and the festival will also be hosting The Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition, capturing the magic of the process of filmmaking, with an exclusive look into the stop-motion animation process. The exhibition which runs from 17-21 October, will showcase original sketches drawn by Tim, as well as props, sets and puppets.

There will also be exciting workshop opportunities for education audiences to explore the production of Frankenweenie as well as a chance to meet some of the talented people who were involved in the making of the film.

We hope to see you there.

The Fabrics of Design

Throughout the digital revolution, I have kept my design process as organic as I possibly can. I like to be able to start my thinking by being in touch with real materials and things, which allow my five senses to send information, back to my brain for further analyses and assessment. Starting in such a way puts me in control as the further creative and production processes unfold. I mention this above as an introduction to two aspects, which creatively still rely on working this way – Interior Design and Production Design.

One encounter early on in my career was meeting and working with the late production designer and art director Anton Furst, on the set of the first Batman film and in those days analogue technology was all we knew. I could see even then while watching and talking to Anton how at one he was with his craft. He and his room at Pinewood Studios looked like something out of a ‘Charles Dickens’ novel. Drawings in thick 6B pencil on large pieces of paper of his vision of Gotham City. Materials, sections of plaster casts of shapes etc covered the room and walls, it looked at first hand more like chaos. But when I asked him about how he worked he said that he simply worked from what his thoughts told him and then he made them real in the world. I needed to know more evidence on how I should work no matter how the technology would evolve in the future.

So when we embarked recently of the title sequence for Day of the Flowers for John Roberts, we wanted to source real wallpaper and fabrics which would be in keeping with Cuban interiors of the 70s. I didn’t have to look far because only a stones throw away is Skinners of Tunbridge Wells, where I can delve into a rich world of fabrics, papers and paints, which cover a wide spectrum of interior design styles and tastes.

John Roberts Day of the Flowers

In this warm friendly atmosphere I can be left alone to just flick through fabulous designs with no intention or purpose, only to look and occasionally stroke the resident Pug Ester.

Skinners have also played a valuable role in my art collection © Cut UK, where they have used my art within their interior design projects. Skinners was established in 1886 and the present proprietor Jane Stollery is the owner of a special one-off Cut image Human five, which is displayed in her own home as seen in the picture below.

Jane Stollery

Jane Stollery says “As a designer I appreciate the talent captured in the 'Cut' images - they are in a class of their own and each with a story. Paintings, Art and image based Wallpapers play an important role in the finish of an interior and with ‘Cut’, there is something for everyone.”

© Cut UK has also featured recently in films as part of the room settings. John Paul Frazer production designer on ‘Progression’ which is currently in postproduction from Shooting Movies, used various 'Cut' images as part of his production design.

Shooting Movies

Without meeting Anton who knows if my future would have been and continues to be so rich - inspiring people is a gift to us all.

© Cut UK Now Online

Cut UKOne of those ‘things’ that I have collected over many years takes the form of rotten paper on billboards and posts which nature has made its own. The torn and weathered images are gathered from my constant wanderings within city streets, which I have photographed across the world. Some time ago I showed my collection to my friend Lynda Ralph-Knight who suggested that I showed them to C.F. Smith, the paper manufacturer and bingo they published them in a book titled simply ‘Cut’. Shortly after I pitched for the film ‘High Fidelity’ for Stephen Frears, which I won and I used my images as the core to the main idea for the end title sequence.

Since then I have set up countless exhibitions, displaying my collections in galleries and art clubs such as The Chelsea Arts Club. Over the years I have sold private collections and one-off pieces to clients and friends alike, such as Ian Hart of Timothy James & Partners Ltd., Mo Henry of MBH and film sound supervisor Eddy Joseph. Now many pieces hang in homes throughout Europe and around the world.

Cut UKMarie Hewitt, Director Individual Interior Solutions Limited recently commented, “Richard’s pieces of art can transform the look and feel of a room, whether it’s for Commercial, Marine or your Home. His art is just right to bring a sense of magic to any interior design, creating that perfect finishing touch”.

Cut UK

Please email: if you would like an invitation to our virtual online gallery, and we will happily send you login details so you can view and purchase.


Rubbeldiekatz Title Sequence by Darius Ghanai

Title designer Darius Ghanai (Lichtrausch), the other man in Europe (besides my dear self) who can always be relied on to come up with eye-catching work for the big screen. Has just released his latest title sequence which can now be viewed on YouTube. Click here and take a look for yourself. Its a great animated sequence for the film Rubbeldiekatz (Woman in Love), directed by Detlev Buck for Universal Pictures.