Trees. They are often misrepresented, all kinds of strange shapes and colors. Tim Burton has a habit of making trees a part of all his movies, along with other techniques. In the films _Edward Scissorhands_ and _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_, director Tim Burton uses lighting and music to demonstrate his eerie style.
Tim Burton’s lighting effectively shows his style, eeriness. In both movies, there are a lot of light-dark contrasts. For instance, in _Edward Scissorhands_ outside of Edward’s dark and creepy house there is a bright garden. The irony in it and the surprise behind it is what develops Burton’s style. Another portraying of this is in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_ when Charlie’s house is shown in the white snow. His house is a dark, crooked, and beat up house, while the outside is bright and lovely. Burton uses that technique as well as using dark flooded lighting. He uses this specifically in _Edward Scissorhands_ whenever Edward is present. He also uses this in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_ whenever someone was ‘eliminated’. His repetitive use of dark lighting and light-dark contrast conveys Burton’s style.
Another factor in Burton’s movies that demonstrate his eeriness is his non-diegetic music. Throughout the movie _Edward Scissorhands_ there would be mysterious music playing. The music set the mood and the choices he made set the mood as creepy. Burton also uses Johnny Depp in both movies as well as many others, and includes frequent flashbacks from the characters played by Depp. Using Johnny Depp also contributes to the mood since Depp adds a certain whimsical feel to the strange plots. His unorthodox music choice mixed with his intentionally dark lighting developed a very spooky mood in _Edward Scissorhands_ and a creepy mood in _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_. The similar mood’s in the 2 movies speaks on Burton’s style as a director. The music selected by Tim Burton created the mood and developed his eerie style.
Director Tim Burton uses several techniques to show what his style is. Lighting and music are very important to notice to identify his abnormal style. The elements used also contribute to an underlying, but still important theme of being accepting and understanding of those who are different. Burton was a ‘misfit’ and generally not accepted in society. He uses Johnny Depp to represent those in that same situation, and shows how they are treated. Burton is simply trying to show what affect rejection has on people, specifically in _Edward_ Scissorhands. This is a very important message to send out and bring attention to. Burton’s style is eeriness, but the theme of almost every movie is to accept those who are different. In the movies _Charlie and the Chocolate Factory_ and _Edward Scissorhands_, Burton’s style and overall theme is very evident.
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