Starting in 2003 with the gently fantastical drama "Big Fish," August has worked with Burton five times. August has adapted everything from Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to Russian folk tale "Corpse Bride" (as well as the aforementioned '70s soap opera and short film). We wondered how their relationship had changed over the years. "The very first movie we did together was 'Big Fish.' The script had already been written and Tim signed on to direct, so I didn't have a whole lot to do with him on that," August explained. "So it was 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' was the first time we worked together and I came in at page one and wrote him the script."
Dual challenges faced August and "Frankenweenie" – the task of adapting a short film to feature length as well as transitioning from a live-action sphere to the world of animation. And while that seems like a hell of a lot of work, August comes across as nonplussed. "I had done stop motion animation with 'Corpse Bride' with Tim before so I knew what that world was like and what the possibilities were," August said. He said that there were things in stop motion that you shy away from – like large crowds and water that are present and accounted for in "Frankenweenie." The short-film-to-feature transition was definitely something of a challenge. "In terms of the short film we didn't want to just expand that. We loved what was in there and knew it would be a story about a boy and his dog and that would always be the emotional heart of it," August said. "But this was a chance to look at what else was in that world. The original short film was a very sweet Frankenstein story and this was a chance to look at all the other monsters through the eyes of what a young boy would do."
While there aren't any immediate plans for Burton and August to work together, August remains optimistic. "It's just a matter to see what Tim wants to do and whether or not he wants me to do it," August said happily. "I love writing movies that he can make. But there's nothing coming up right now."