Genre and Narrative Establishment in Edward Scissorhands and Sleep Hollow by Tim Burton
Genre is the French word for 'type'. Type is the kind of text it is.
The genre of a film text may be Sci-Fi, Horror, Action, Romantic,
Comedy, etc. In most films, the genres are combined, this is known as
a 'hybrid genre'. Narrative of a film is the structure or order in
which the plot (sequence of event) is presented to an audience. This
piece of coursework is going to discuss how Tim Burton establishes
genre and narrative in the opening five minutes of two films, 'Edward
Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow'.
Timothy William Burton was born in Burbank, California, USAon August
25th in 1958. He was not very good in school but found pleasure in
painting, drawing and movies. He loves monster films such as Godzilla,
and Vincent Price was one of his heroes. Vincent Price was an actor.
He worked with Tim Burton when Tim became a director. Be fore he
became a director, he was animator. Vincent Price sadly died in 1993.
Tim tends to use dark colours in his films and is also known to be
There is always music in a film at least one type. Music creates
effect In Edward Scissorhands, the music in the beginning is choral.
Choral mean 'to be sung by a choir'. This is informs the audience that
it is a Holy time such as Christmas. It is very spiritual and the
atmosphere is heavenly. In the same way, the music in Sleepy Hollow is
also choral; however it makes the audience think of death or a sad
time rather than a good, peaceful time like in Edward Scissorhands.
Although it is heavenly, the tone and the pitch of the choir sound
kind of sad and the viewers can connect heaven to death. The music in
Edward Scissorhands makes the audience want to cry (tears of joy)
whereas in Sleepy Hollow, because you get a sense of death, it makes
one wonder who the victims are, who the murderers are and why they are
Credits in films are very important because it gives the audience an
idea of what the genre of the film is. Credits at the beginning of
films and it show the name of the main actors and actresses that are
going to appear in the movie. Jim Carrey is an example of an actor who
when the audience sees his name in the credit, they automatically know
that there's going to be a bit of comedy in the film. One major
character in both films where played by Johnny Depp. Before the film
credits in Edward Scissorhands the audience can see that the 20th
Century fox logo is covered in snow. This emphasises the time the film
was released and it informs the audience that the period of time in
which the film is set.
In Edward Scissorhands, there is a heart shaped biscuit while the
credits were being show, making the viewers wonder what is going on
and what's going to happen. It suggests that the...