Edward Scissorhands Camera Scene Analysis

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Edward Scissorhands, by Tim Burton is a strange film that focuses on using visuals to to help tell the story and this is very distinguishable in the scene where Edward is given a makeover by Peg. This scene’s camera angles, costumes and dialogue all add to making this humorous to watch.

Camera angles and shot
Camera angles and shots are how the camera is placed to film the movie and can help express a range of things. The camera angles in this scene are mostly close ups at level. For the first few seconds of the scene the audience only sees a close-up of peg working, then the screen flicks to Edward, seeming virtuous. This is a slightly high angle to show how innocent he is in the situation, allowing Peg to do whatever with the make-up. When the camera goes back to Peg, it is not completely steady and this gives the illusions we are watching from Edward's point of view. When facing Peg, the camera always keeps her face in the centre as well. Throughout the scene the camera switches between the two multiple times. At one stage in the scene, the camera changes to a close-up to Peg’s hands so that the audience can see what she is doing. Much of the changing of perspective has to do with verbal cues, such as when Peg says “Close enough” after picking a lavender
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The dialogue in this scene is the conversation between Edward and Peg, although it is very one sided with Peg doing all of the actual speaking. The little to no responses from Edward are intended to make the scene funny as Peg continues to talk. The way she speaks makes the audience feel like she is almost reassuring herself what to do, not Edward. Most of Peg’s lines are used as cues for the screen to switch to Edward as most of the things that happen she will say and then the camera will change to a visual of what she is
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