Style Analysis

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Tim Burton is noted for many of his mysterious, suspenseful, and thrilling movies. His childhood has influenced the way he writes, screens and portrays movies to his public audience and fans. Four of these outstanding films are Edward Scissorhands, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, and Coraline. In these movies, and many of his others, Tim Burton uses a variety of cinematic techniques to portray and express feelings felt by the characters, set the moods, scenes, and the story. Tim Burton uses lighting, sound, and camera angles in order to create a coherent movie with amusing, suspenseful and tragic scenes.
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In Burton’s movie Corpse Bride, the use of his lighting is impeccable. A scene flooded with shadows was used when Victor mourned his grave mistakes at his weeding rehearsal while walking through a creepy forest. Not only was it flooded with shadows to produce a feeling of sadness, but it was also used to create a scene of suspense when Corpse Bride Emily appeared creating a scene of suspense. Burton also used high key lighting at the end of the movie when Emily turned into thousands of butterflies and gave the ring back to Victor, as she was happy she had received love for the first time. The lighting created a scene of peace and happiness. Nothing though can beat Burton’s use of lighting in Coraline. Burton uses low key lighting in the scene where Coraline is informed by three children whose eyes were replaced with a button that the “other” mother she has been staying with will have her eyes replaced with buttons unless she can complete a challenge that was proposed by the “other” mother. Not all scenes were as suspenseful as this scene though. At the end of the movie, high key lighting is applied to show Coraline’s appreciation for having her own mother and father and how she will always love them forever creating a scene of happiness and an impression that there was a good ending to a once dreary movie. Tim Burton’s use of lighting is impeccable and sets the scene for the audience and builds up emotions inside people’s minds.
The second cinematic technique Tim Burton uses is sound which appeals to our sense of hearing and produces feelings and moods. In his movie, Edward Scissorhands, Burton uses non diegetic sound at the bar-b-que party. The music was a mix of Hawaiian and happy music creating the mood of the scene as being fun-filled and joyous. Burton also uses mysterious music, also which is non-diegetic, in Edward’s mansion when Kim was trying to find him. The music created a sense of urgency and intensity especially when Kim started to cry when her ex-boyfriend started fighting with Edward. Burton’s use of sound escalates in quality in his movie Frankenweenie. When the New Holland town festival was being attacked by the monstrous creatures formed by the children, diegetic sounds such as screaming was effectively incorporated to produce a scene of danger and fear. Diegetic sound was also used when Sparky was hit by a car during the baseball game by letting the audience hear the impact of the car on Sparky and his whimpering, creating a scene of sadness for Sparky and Victor. Tim Burton’s incorporation of sound does not cease from getting any better in his next two films.
In Corpse Bride, Burton effectively incorporates both non-diegetic and diegetic sounds into his movie. Burton uses non-diegetic sound at the ending of the movie when Emily turns into a thousand butterflies by playing happy music that would conclude the movie with a happy ending and leave the audience in awe at the beautiful transformation. He also uses diegetic sound...

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