Quirky film director, Tim Burton, has turned to social networking website, Twitter, for Stainboy inspiration.

Burton fans will recognise the character of Stainboy from two short poems in the book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, which was written and illustrated by Burton back in 1997. Three years later, the same character re-appeared in a series of flash animation shorts from the director.

Now, it seems, he is set to make a return – but his fate lies in the hands, or should I say tweets, of the users of social networking site, Twitter. The project, which is being promoted by the Toronto International Film Festival, has asked Burton’s Twitter followers to contribute the next line in Stainboy’s story, in a ‘Consequences’-style story telling experiment.

Burton kicked off the project with his own tweet, which read: “Stainboy, using his obvious expertise, was called in to investigate mysterious glowing goo on the gallery floor.” The best tweets of each day have since been selected in order to build upon the story, which will come to an end on the 6th December.

It’s not yet clear how, or even if, the Alice in Wonderland director intends to use the finished product in his future work, but it could well mean that the character is given his first big-screen appearance. Although this age-old story-telling mechanism has certainly been used by writers before, it is thought to be the first time a film director has taken to Twitter for 140 character submissions.

For more details and to read the story so far, visit www.burtonstory.com, and submit your own ideas for a chance to be included in the ongoing plot!

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