Tim Burton’s Cinematic Style

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March 21, 2013
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Tim Burton’s Cinematic Style

“Being original is more important than fitting in, especially if you have to change to fit in.” This is quote that can definitely describe well-known director, Tim Burton as well as the character Edward in the movie Edward Scissorhands. This movie by Tim Burton is about a man with scissors as hands who isolated in a castle and is brought out into the real world by an Avon representative. He is accepted at first, but then the people in the town show their true colors. In Edward Scissorhands, Burton uses non-diegetic sound in order to help establish mood, so that viewers can react strongly to a specific scene. He also uses flashbacks in order to give background information about a character, so that the viewers can feel sympathy towards Edward.

One cinematic technique that Burton uses is non-diegetic sound. He uses this technique very often to help establish the mood of a specific scene. For example, when Peg enters the garden of Edward's castle, music of amazement and astonishment starts to play and it makes the viewers feel surprised and astounded. Another example where Burton uses non-diegetic sound is when Peg walks up the stairs of Edward’s castle, there is dark, suspenseful, and mysterious music playing. This music makes the viewers feel worried or nervous for Peg, and it also makes the viewers wonder about what is going to happen to her.

Another cinematic technique that Burton uses is flashbacks. The overall purpose of this cinematic technique is to give the viewers some background information about a certain character. One place Burton uses flashbacks is when the movie flashes back to where Edward’s inventor gets the idea of creating Edward. This flashback makes the viewers feel sympathy towards Edward. Another example where Burton uses flashbacks is when the movie flashes back to where Edward’s inventor was teaching Edward proper etiquette. This flashback also...
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