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“Alice Through the Looking Glass” Director Shares the Advice Tim Burton Gave Him

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L-R: Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska; Peter Mountain/Walt Disney Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Alice Through the Looking Glass, the follow-up to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, opens in theaters tonight.  If you’ve seen the trailers, you know it’s a CGI effects spectacle.  And that led to director James Bobin receiving some sage advice from the previous film’s director, Tim Burton.

“Don’t shoot on green screen, it kills your eyes,” Bobin said Burton told him, referring to the backdrop of scenes to which computer-generated effects will later be added.

“Because after four weeks of doing it he started wearing purple sunglasses,” Bobin explains. “So I said great, I won’t do that, I’ll shoot on blue, so we shot this movie on blue screen, which I’m here to say is really a lot easier.”

Bobin says he felt a “great weight of responsibility” in directing the project. “Alice is a thing as a kid in England you read, you know, when you’re growing up, your parents read it to you, you read it yourself,” the British filmmaker says. “And in England everyone knows that there’s two books, you have the two books as well, so you know the books better than you know the movie in many ways.” 

Alice Through the Looking Glass stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. It will be released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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