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Lena Gieseke was born on September 12, 1965 in Bremen, Germany. Her talent in photography, and her passion for international studies were noticed by her parents, who sent Lena to study abroad in Athens. In Greece Lena created meaningful photographs and mastered her historical knowledge on art. The atmosphere of Parthenon and Acropolis, Temples and Museums, full of sculptures of ancient gods and goddesses, acted as the ideal brain food that any aspiring artist could hope for.
Dedicated to becoming a photographer, Gieseke went back to Germany to bid her goodbyes to her family and friends; her next destination was England. She started her bachelor’s in England at Wimbledon College, but later transferred to Goldsmith College in London. However, she didn't stay for long, as she continued her studies in Fine Arts and Photography at California Institute of Arts.
After graduation, she was invited to take pictures for Tim Burton’s film, “Batmen” (1989). While working on the set, she met the man whom would become her future husband: Tim Burton.
The relationship between the two took off fast, as the couple quickly got married on February 24, 1989. Burton, who is a master of dark art, featured strange characters inspired by horror movies. With his weird characters and dark art style, Burton graduated from the California Institute of Arts, majoring in animation, and and eventually landing a job at Walt Disney Studios as an animation apprentice, before ultimately being rejected by the studio. He later became a world-renowned animator, with such works as "Vincent" (1982), "Frankenweenie" (1984), "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" (1985), and Emmy-award winning "Beetlejuice" (1988) under his belt in his early years.
As the relationship between Gieseke and Burton forged on, Burton kept Gieseke by his side during the next couple of films he worked on; "Batman" and "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), which achieved critical acclaim and cemented a relationship between Burton and Johnny Depp that would last into the future.
Alas, the marriage between Gieseke and Burton would not last very long, as they divorced on New Year's Eve (December 31, 1991). It was purported that a combination of Buron's complicated and strong personality played a large role in the inevitable divorce, as did Burton's subsequent affair with his future muse, model and actress, Lisa Marie. Lena Gieseke would be Tim Burton's first and only wife.
Following the divorce between her and Burton, Lena Gieseke would serve in the film industry starting in 2008, with the movie "1 ½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde". This kicked off a roughly 3 year career in visual effects. Also in 2008, she did work on the TV movie, "Die Jahrhundertlawine".
In 2009, she did work on 3 different films. The first of these, was "Vicky the Viking", working as an animation artist, and in research and development. After that, she did work on "Berlin '36", again as an animation artist and research and development (Scanline VFX). Finally, she worked on the most notable movie in her career, the American epic science fiction disaster film, "2012", this time as a modeler for the Scanline VFX visual effects.
Following the success of "2012", Lena Gieseke went into 2010 working on the German TV movie, "Westflug - Entführung aus Liebe", where she again worked in research and development of the Scanline VFX for the movie. Later that year, she worked on the film, "Otto's Eleven", another German movie that appears to be parodying the "Ocean's Eleven" movie, as part of the research and development team.
The following year would be her last year in the film industry. The first movie she worked on that year was "Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods", again as a member of the research and development team for the Scanline VFX. Following this, she worked on "Hotel Lux" as a pipeline td for the Scanline VFX. She would also retain a similar role in the next movie, "Immortals". Finally, the last film under her belt, was the movie "When Santa Fell to Earth", a German Christmas movie that was met with lukewarm reception. Her role in the last film was as it was with the previous two, working as pipeline td for the Scanline VFX. In total, she would work on four films in 2011, and is accredited to 11 movies in total, spanning the 2008 to 2011 era.
From that point on, much of her life is a mystery. Her claim to fame mostly centered around her time spent with the world-renowned Tim Burton, and despite a brief stint in the spotlight with her works in the film industry, not much else is known about her. Lena Gieseke remains quiet and private on the social media front, and she has not released any information on her net worth (though she is thought to live a quiet yet luxurious lifestyle, having Tim Burton as an ex-husband, and 11 film credits, among other possible private ventures).
Currently, Lena works in photography, having come full circle in her career, in the German store – Popcorn Shop – in Berlin, Germany. Her website, lenaguimont.com, features information and work that suggests that work on the website halted in 2011, likely coinciding with her retirement from the film industry. Her latest works include photographs made with a 3D technique, inspired by the artwork of Pablo Picasso.
Her works are also featured on a tumblr blog, at lenaguimont.tumblr.com, which is full of abstract works by Gieseke. The last work that was featured on her tumblr blog was from August 29, 2015, and is the last known trace of public work she has on the Internet, that is available for public consumption. It is thought she has reclusively shirked her public appearances again in lieu of a private lifestyle.
The last known bit of information known on Lena is that she has changed her last name from Gieseke to her second husband's last name – Guimont. The two are purported to have two children together, and currently enjoy a peaceful life away from the public eye.
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