Effective Use Of Cinematic Techniques In Tim Burton's Movies

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For years Tim Burton has been making movies that are not exactly normal by society's standards, with his movies often being called strange or dark. Most of Tim Burton's movies such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, and The Nightmare Before Christmas share similar qualities; His films often have a darker mood to them and they try to make the audience feel uneasy. Throughout his movies, Tim burton uses lighting, music, and camera angles to show his themes of childlike innocence and darkness. To begin, Tim Burton uses lighting to show that some people, places, or beings may be innocent or dark but may indeed appear be the opposite. Burton often introduces his characters in a manner that shows both their innocence and their darker side; For example, in Edward Scissorhands, Edward is first seen rising out of a low key lit shadow in the corner of the…show more content…
This introduction initially shows Edward as menacing and something to be feared with the low key lighting shadowing his face so that all the audience sees is a dark figure coming towards Peg, but then when he walks into the high key lighting the audience sees his face which shows that Edward is just as scared of peg as she is of him. This type of entrance is also used to introduce Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack is first seen in a very low key lit town being wheeled in atop a straw horse that is lit on fire and then he jumps in a well and then slowly rises out of the well; then he is complimented on how horrifying and dreadful terrible he is. However in the next scene he walks into a high key lit graveyard where he sings about being sick and

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