From films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to The Corpse Bride, director Tim Burton has charmed millions with his unique style and techniques. Tim Burton uses low-key lighting and non-diegetic sound in order to fluctuate the emotions, perspectives of the character, situations, and mood in order to show his audience that everyone is different in their own special way.To begin, Tim Burton uses low key lighting to manipulate different emotions within the audience and create suspense. In Burton’s film The Corpse Bride, when Victor is walking through the forest, repeating his vows over and over again, the lowkey lighting in the background creates creepy shadows making the forest look more threatening and intimidating. Later in the movie, Victor stops in the clearing and the moonlight reflects lowly on his face making the audience wonder what is going to happen to Victor. By using this technique, Burton is able to fill the scene with eerie, mysterious shadows, creating suspense and fear for Victor from the audience. Another movie that Burton uses this technique in is Edward Scissorhands. When Edward is walking out of the house, towards the police, the lowkey lighting makes Edward look more dangerous than he actually is, while also making it seem like he is alone when in reality he is surrounded by police. By using this technique Burton is able to give the audience that sense of fear for what is going to happen to Edward and also the different perspectives of the Police officers and Edward. By using lowkey lighting in his movies, Tim Burton is able to change and manipulate the audience emotions and perspectives.Another Technique that Tim Burton uses is Non-diegetic sounds to change the mood and perspective of the characters. In Burton’s film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he uses non-diegetic sound when Willy Wonka is walking the children and their parents into the edible room. Burton uses non-diegetic sound to show the different perspectives of each one of the children and their reaction to the room but it also changes the mood of the story. By using the orchestral music, Tim Burton is able to show the children and their parents’ thoughts and emotions.Burton allows the audience to get a deeper understanding of the characters. Another film that buron uses non-diegetic sounds in is Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. In the scene as Victor rehearses his vows, the music is proud and triumphant, but when Victor places the ring, unknowingly, on the bride’s figure the music changes to a dark and frantic soundtrack, which changes the mood of the crowd from being happy for Victor to being scared for him as he runs away from the bride. By changing the music as the scenes change, Burton is able to fluctuate the mood of the setting for the audience. Burton also is able to portray that Victor’s mood is also changing. In addition to allowing the audience to gain a better understanding of the characters, Burton uses non-diegetic sounds to foreshadow the events that are about to happen, such as when the music changes suddenly to frantic music the viewers can predict that something bad is about to happen. Tim Burton successfully is able to amaze his audience by using the non-diegetic sounds to portray the mood and perspectives but by also foreshadowing what is going to happen next.Throughout all of his films, Tim Burton uses many film techniques and cinematic elements. When Burton wants to control the emotions and perspective of his audience, he uses low-key lighting and non-diegetic sound to achieve this desirable effect. By using Tim Burton’s directing skills and combining these techniques, Burton creates incredible films that have mesmerized people of all ages and continue to enchant his audience for generations to come.
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