Analyzing a Different Director
Many directors find their way to fame through their own unique style. One director that this is very evident is with the works of Tim Burton. Burton has been known to tie in two completely separate concepts to create a very different form of film, one being a dark atmosphere and the other being a romantic, love story. It is easy to observe that Tim Burton’s unique style has been inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Vincent Price. Burton’s use of this style is held to be evident in his interpretation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride. Above all, film director Tim Burton utilizes low-key lighting, ominous music, and multiple flashbacks to emphasize the dark, suspenseful storyline joined by abnormal characters, thus provoking the idea that a person’s first appearance can always be deceiving. As stated, Tim Burton is a very unique film director that uses low-key lighting in his work to emphasize his own independent style. In his interpretation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, low-key lighting was used inside of Charlie Bucket’s house that emphasized the sorrow mood and sympathetic feeling of Charlie and his poor family. In this story, Charlie Bucket and his family struggle to keep food on the table, which reveals a depressing, dark sort of feeling for the audience. Well, Tim Burton uses low-key lighting to feed the fact that the Bucket family is severely unfortunate and the dark lighting symbolizes the misfortune of the Buckets. Moving on to another film, Edward Scissorhands uses very dark low-key lighting when Peg finds Edward in the abandoned mansion that adds suspense to the first interaction that was before Peg learns that Edward is not hostile. At first, the dark lighting portrayed in this scene only reveals the blades of Edward’s hands which gives the audience the initial thought that Edward was going to kill Peg for intruding his “home.” The dark lighting used...
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