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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. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.”-Tim Burton History and Background Information

time later Disney decided to make him a conceptual artist, to create and design the characters who August 25, 1958 in Burbank, appear in films. However it wasn't California. Burbank itself was a suburb, but did house many brand until after Burton got the opportunity to work with Vincent name film and television studios price that he received the chance including NBC, Warner Brothers, to do some directing. From then Disney, and others. It was in this environment that the quite and shy on Burton has created many films some of which include Pee-Wee’s Burton grew up. In school he wasn't the most successful student Big Adventure (1985), Bettlejuice academically, but instead found his (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman passion within painting, drawing Returns (1992), The Nightmare and movies. For this reason, before Christmas (1993), Ed Wood Burton continued his education (1994), and the movies that I and in 1976 attended the watched including Sleepy Hollow California Institute of the Arts. (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate From there Burton received a job Factory (2005), and Dark working for Disney in their Shadows (2012). Burton today has animation department. The job become a household name, and is however lacked creativity and well known for films that Burton loathed it. Luckily a short

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incorporate an outside hero who often struggles with things like alienation, love, deceit, longing to dream, suppression, entrapment and pure obsession. In the three films of his I watched Tim especially focuses on vulnerable characters, of whom by the end he makes extraordinary.

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Camera Techniques: color and lighting Burton often shoots in oversaturated and undersaturated color. The purpose of this is to create a sense of Gothic Mystery, surrealism, and dreamlike qualities. Unlike most directors who rely solely on digital manipulation to create vibrant colors, Tim uses the camera to capture the desired colors.

Sleepy Hollow

The stark, almost monochrome saturation of the images creates the feeling of death and despair that is so ubiquitous within the townspeople. But the occasional bright orange of flames and deep red of blood do draw interest throughout the film.

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Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Dark Shadows

In Dark Shadows Burton uses a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory similar color scheme that is found in both of the previous films, and it has a dramatic change as well is done in much the same way. For from the colorful past to the example at the beginning of the colorless present and from the colorless world outside the factory film he uses dark colors and lark lighting to emphasize the gloomy and the colorful world inside. For example Burton uses dark and low castle. This contrasts greatly lighting in the long hallway to show however with the world Barnabas finds himself in 200 years later. the creepiness of the factory. That world exists in 1972 and However once the contestants enter candy room in the factory, it displays vibrant colors typical of is bright and colorful with high key the 70’s era. lighting. Director Study


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Sound Different sounds in a movie can help change the mood of the story. Therefore in all three films and many of his other works as well Burton has used Danny Elfman create scores that match his vision.

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow was a true horror movie and therefore was dark and very “atmospheric”. In order to convey this correctly Elfman used shrill choir sounds to invent a more chilling effect rather then a whimsical one. The volume in the tracks varied dramatically as well and was very abrasive especially during points of climax. The music also included a mixture of instruments such as the organ and recorder, which made it possible to play minor chords to bring out deeper feeling. Altogether the combination sends chills down your spine.

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Dark Shadows

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a bit different, so Elfman made the sound track a bit dreamier and “zanier”. The tone outside the factory is typical of his other films, as it is twisted and daunting. However inside the factory the music grows louder, and more happy, cheerful, and bright.

In Dark Shadows Elfman uses “The churning ostinatos and creeping strings provide a strong horror backdrop with that allimportant comedic element subtly hiding within the harmonies”. This is mostly heard in the beginning and the end of the film however because the middle section is scattered with several 70‘s-esque songs like “Burn Baby Burn”.

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Characters In all three films Burton requested the help of his good friend Johnny Depp to play the staring role. That however is not the only connection each character shares. They each portray the common role of the “outside hero”, or the outcast in society.

Sleepy Hollow

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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Depp plays an out of place detective from New York who is enlisted to investigate a series of decapitations in the town of Sleepy Hollow. He struggles with the task however when things get gory because he is scientifically-minded yet squeamish and easy spooked.

Depp in this movie is isolated due to family issues which makes him an outsider. Since he was young it was revealed that Wonka was imprisoned by his father in excessive orthodontic headgear, and denied Halloween candy. At the time he grew old enough and declared his dream of studying confection-making his father throws him out and abandons him. After reopening his factory some time later he meets Charlie land demands that in order to win the prize of the factory he must abandon his family. These sequence reveals the true loneliness of the bizarre candymaker, as well as his inexperience with normal family relationships.

Depp once again returns, but this time as Barnabas Crane. Barnabas we learn had a short affair with his families maid, Angelique Bouchard, who is a witch. Angelique has been obsessed with since childhood and when he tells her he doesn't love, Angelique has a fit of rage and murders his parents. After all this Barnabas finds his true love with Josette du Pres. However when Angelique finds out that Barnabas has moved on she casts a spell that makes Josette jump off a cliff to her death. Beside himself with grief Barnabas leaps after her, but he survives the fall because Angelique had turned him into an immortal vampire. From there a mob captures him and buries him, until 200 years later he is discovered and he finds himself lost and alone in the 1970’s.

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In Conclusion... All of this comes together in the end as it does in many of Burton’s films. The colors increase in intensity, as the music picks up and the characters find their true purpose in their tale. This transformation is quite obvious because the twitchy detective faces his fear and discovers the headless horseman and saves the town, the isolated candy man discovers what it means to have people who care and once again provides joy to those around him, and the loveless vampire who brings his family together to save their business while managing to find true love. As the majority of the scenes are shot from the main characters point of view, the change we experience truly is that of misfit to extraordinary hero.

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