Style Analysis on Tim Burton
“I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective.” Born on August 25, 1958 in Burbank California, producer, illustrator, director, screenwriter, and painter, Tim Burton is known for his famous films such as Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, and Charlie and Chocolate Factory. These insanely popular films, and many more by Burton, blend themes of fantasy and horror. Burton uses cinematic techniques such as close ups, low-key lighting, and flashbacks to portray fairy tales and childhood stories in grotesquely amusing way.
In Tim Burton’s film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, close ups play an important role in expressing the emotions of the characters. For example, when Willy Wonka is asked about his father’s presence in his childhood, the camera zooms in on Willy. This conveys the emotional pain it brings him to speak about such a personal matter. Therefore, revealing to the audience that he suffers from an emotional problem within his past and his family. Burton uses this camera movement to isolate his protagonist from the other characters. The separation may not be physical, but it is often a mental and social dissociation as well.
Burton is also widely known for his use of low key lighting to enhance scenes and create a dark and even mildly disturbing setting. This approach sets Tim Burton apart from the average director. For example, in Edward Scissorhands, the mansion is dark and dismal. Even though Burton is a strong believer in the usage of low key lighting, he uses high key lighting, often times with bold hues to accompany the use of upbeat and lively music. Color contrasts