Tim Burton Effect

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Imagine if a movie could play with your emotions, well Tim Burton's movies have that effect on people. From the movie “Charlie and the chocolate factory” to “Alice in Wonderland” and finally to “Edward Scissorhands”, the intelligent director Tim burton has a way of attracting the audience's attentions through manipulating their emotions. Tim uses shots and framing, non diegetic sound/music and low key lighting to create anticipation and suspense and while he does that he also is creating a gothic and fantastical effect. To begin with Tim Burton uses shots and framing to create suspense and anticipation. Let's take “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” for example, when Charlie is home sitting with his grandparents with the chocolate bar in…show more content…
Let's take “Edward Scissorhand” as an example. When Kevin is walking home (possibly from a friends house) we hear sinister non diegetic music that creates a frightful effect in the scene and helps predict that an accident must happen next because Jim and his friend are driving recklessly down the street right towards Kevin, putting his life in danger. Once again in the movie “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” when Charlie is sitting with his grandparents about to open the Wonka bar, we hear slow, non-diegetic music which creates anticipation in the scene, the music is preparing the viewer for the golden ticket. “Alice in Wonderland” is another good example, loud, upbeat, non diegetic music fills the scene as Alice plummets to the bottom of the mysterious rabbit hole. The music creates intensity in the scene and makes it more powerful and dramatic. The music makes us wonder what may happen to Alice and what will she encounter at the bottom of the hole if she manages to make it out alive. The entire scene is full of fear and tension which is what Burton expects the audience to feel, but in actuality there is nothing to fear, Alice makes it out alive and fulfills her destiny. Although sound plays a big part in a movie, lighting is also very important for a movie to…show more content…
The specific techniques Burton uses all help his movies to progress and be more entertaining. They help us sympathize with characters and feel strong emotions. Burton uses his unique style to change the our expectation of an event, we can predict that this will happen or that will happen but sooner or later the outcome is always something we would never expected it to be. Burton uses his own unique sense of style to make his films more interesting and have more depth and meaning into them. These 3 films all have a message embedded in them, for “Charlie in the Chocolate Factory” it most likely is that big people come from humble beginnings. For “Alice in Wonderland” the message is most likely that, you should be the one to decide what type of life you want to live, nobody should have power over what you want your legacy to be. Lastly in “Edward Scissorhands” judging a book by its cover is the main idea in the movie. Not only do his movies keep you on the edge of your seat, they also keep you coming back for
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