Have you ever seen those 1960s and 70s paintings of children with over-sized eyes? Tim Burton’s biopic Big Eyes tells the story of the San Francisco art couple, Walter and Margaret Keane, made famous by the paintings and their tumultuous relationship. Their breakup led to a divorce and court battle over who actually painted the big-eyed waifs, ending with a judge-ordered paint-off. Guess who won? Margaret Keane painted them all.
In this afternoon’s scene, filmed in Stanley Park near Lumberman’s Arch, a young Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) draws a large-eyed portrait of a little girl, as background performers in period clothing stroll up and down the art fair set.
Director Tim Burton (on left) oversees the set up of the scene with a Margaret Keane standin.
Director Tim Burton stretches as crew sets up the shot.
These two look like something out of Norman Rockwell painting.
A family stops to watch the filming.
Next up: Big Eyes is turning a block in Gastown into the North Beach art district of 1960s San Francisco, including one storefront dressed as the Keane Gallery.