Tim Burton's Cinematic Style

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Every director has his or her own type of unique style. The style is based on the cinematic techniques of the director and can range from being dark and mysterious to being very light and happy. Tim Burton’s style is a gothic style undertoned with a certain quirkiness. In his movies, he also often has this darker side that is intertwined with a humorous aspect. He supports his style by using certain cinematic techniques-especially lighting, flashbacks, and non-diegetic sound. In his movies Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Big Fish, you really get to see his style manifest throughout the movies. Tim Burton relies heavily on the past in his movies. In Big Fish, Burton frequently…show more content…
Burton uses sound in his movies to do exactly that. In his movies, he uses non-diegetic sound to help build suspense and to entertain the viewer. In Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Burton builds suspense by using very intense music that only the viewer can hear as Jake goes to open a door, thus making the viewer sit on the edge of their seat waiting for the next couple of seconds to define the fate of the character. In Big Fish, Burton uses a dark and menacing musical tone while Edward is fighting with the big fish for his wedding ring back; then, right when he released the fish, the music changed to a mystical and happy tone to express Edward’s triumph and to add to the beauty of that scene. In Edward Scissorhands, the music varies throughout the whole movie. In the beginning, when Peg is walking through his mansion, the music is dark and mysterious, misleading you into thinking something bad is about to happen, but throughout the scene, the sound starts to take on a more quirky tone. This quirkiness helps you understand Edward and his disposition. The sound that Burton incorporates into his films is a very important part to understanding his movies and his personal
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