Tim Burton Research Paper

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The use of light and dark in Tim Burton’s films, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “Edward Scissorhands is very helpful in setting various moods. Tim Burton’s most common techniques are Lighting, Sound, and Camera Angles.Without the cinematic techniques, Burton’s films would become emotionless. Lighting in his films are very crucial, as they help with the sounds and the shots. The non-diegetic sounds in the films help with the audience become intrigued within the story. With the camera angles, the audience is able to enjoy Burton’s films from all the different angles. But what's most important, is the Lighting. Lighting in all film industries is very crucial. If you go to a store, you will observe that the lighting…show more content…
For instance, in “Alice in Wonderland”, when Alice starts chasing the rabbit, the camera angles start to take place and sometimes zoom into the rabbit, and when she falls down into the hole, crane angle is used to show the part of her leaving the party. Without the camera angles, Burton would not have been able to capture every scene. He would only have the film in a distance. Another example of camera angles in Burton’s films is in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, when Willy Wonka is showing them the Chocolate River. When the fat boy falls into the river and gets sucked into the tube, Burton uses zoom to capture the moment, as well as pan and tilt. If there had not been camera angles, the film wouldn’t have had any tense moments. One other example of camera angles being used is in “Edward Scissorhands”, when Edward is leaving the haunted castle, and he notices all the fun things in the neighborhood, Burton uses tilt and zoom to show his excitement of finally leaving the castle and going into his new life. Without the angles, Burton wouldn’t have been able to show the complete setting in his film. With all the cinematic techniques used in Burton’s films, he doesn’t need to change

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