Edward Scissorhands Camera Angles Analysis

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All directors have the unique ability to manipulate their thoughts and ideas and make it a reality. Tim Burton, an award-winning director, is one such person who’s abnormal ideas find their way onto the big screen. With the use of stylistic techniques, Tim Burton crafts dark and intriguing movies. In the films Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton uses low camera angles to intimidate the audience, and close up shots to make them experience what the characters are feeling. In fact, Tim Burton utilizes low camera angles to create a cold and foreboding mood. For example, during the scene in Edward Scissorhands, where Peg stands outside the gate of Edward’s mansion, low camera angles are used to create a contrast…show more content…
The scene in Edward Scissorhands, where Kim is dancing in the snow uses a close up shot to show her twinkling eyes and bright smile which indicates her pure joy. Because Edward created the snow, viewers can clearly see a change in her feelings towards him, from an initial indifference (possibly even disliking) to an eventual fondness. The audience is able to relate to Kim’s feelings and they can experience her joy and happiness. Comparatively, Tim Burton uses to same technique in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to induce a different feeling. The scene in which Charlie first realized that he found the golden ticket uses a close-up shot. Charlie’s wide eyes and gaping mouth is evident to audiences as he stares at the golden ticket. His shock and excitement comes to life and is not only felt by Charlie, but by viewers as well. After seeing Charlie’s eagerness from finding the ticket, the audience becomes more invested in the plot and they themselves want to join Charlie on his future adventure to the factory. Close-up shots show the character’s feelings in intricate details which allows viewers to understand the characters and their feelings, thus making them more invested in the
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