Tim Burton

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Director: Tim Burton

Tim Burton was born August 25, 1958. He began as an artist at an early age, he attended California Institute of the Arts. His drawings got him a job at Disney as an animator. After a few small projects Tim Burton was given his first major project ‘Pee- Wee’s big Adventure’ which was a box office hit and got him the job on ‘Beatle Juice’ and then the highly expensive but successful ‘Batman’ which made him a name in Hollywood. Burton has directed 14 films and produced 10, he is famous for his dark themed movies such as Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy hollows, Batman, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland his most recent film which was the second most highest grossing film of 2010 and sixth highest grossing film of all time.

My favourite Tim Burton film would have to be Edward Scissorhand, this is because the story and the character Edward Scissorhand is Burton’s most original and most creative. It was this film that was released in 1990, that Burton first worked with Johnny Depp and it was this film that really started Johnny Depp’s acting career and started a very successful working relationship, along with Burton’s partner Helena Bonham Carter, they have created something special to the point where it could be said that Depp and Carter have become part of Burton’s dark, gothic film style and it makes senses because Johnny Depp and Carter’s acting styles fits Burtons style perfectly as if Burton writes his scripts with both in mind.

I will be looking at Burton’s film style in two of his film, the first is one of is earlier films ‘Edward Scissorhand’ and the other one more recent is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005, these two films show how his filming style has developed over the years.

In Edward Scissorhand, Burton tries to portray human nature and the darkness within but he shows that darkness is not always bad. He shows that through the character Edward Scissorhand because on the surface...
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