Tim Burton Style Analysis
Tim Burton is one of the most unusual and unique directors of our time. He brings characters to life by putting them in a habitat they don’t belong. His movies “Alice in Wonderland”, “The Corpse Bride”, “Charlie and the chocolate factory”, and “Edward Scissorhands” all demonstrate how one of a kind his movies are. Using cinematic techniques, Tim Burton points out the misfit character and shows how different they are then everyone else. His use of camera angles, lighting, and sound give the viewers a different perspective on the movies, and help pick out the individual character. In one of Tim Burton’s popular films “Alice in Wonderland”, high angles are used to show Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Burton does this because he is showing that she is helpless and trapped. The lighting between the two worlds is drastically different. When at her engagement party, the lighting is high key creating a calm and happy mood. When in Underland, the lighting is low key making the scenes more eerie and suspenseful. The sounds in the two worlds are very different as well. When she is at the party you can hear diegetic sounds such as birds chirping and the music from which the orchestra is playing. Once she enters Underland, suspenseful non-diegetic music is playing. Having different lighting and sound in the different worlds help show how Alice is in a diverse place now and she doesn’t belong there. Tim Burton may have a strange way of putting his movies together, but that is why they are all very creative and intriguing.
The movie “The Corpse Bride” is another film produced by Tim Burton that a character is placed in unfamiliar habitat. You could tell by the camera angles, lighting, and sound that Victor did not belong in the land of the dead. In the film, when showing Pastor Gallswells yelling at Victor, there are low angles on him. The low angle on Pastor Gallswells shows he has the power and that he is much more threatening than Victor....
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