Time Burton’s dark, mysterious style allowed him to show his uniqueness by using low key lighting, shot-reverse-shot, and close-ups in the films Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Edward Scissorhands. Tim Burton’s style is apparent when he uses close-ups. Close-ups usually take up 80% of a shot and are used to put an exaggerated effect on a specific object. Burton uses close-ups in Corpse Bride to show struggle. In the film Corpse Bride, Burton uses a close up on Victor’s hand as he is attempting to light his bride’s candle.
This is an example of Burton representing Edwards’s personality through diegetic sound. Lighting techniques represent how inside his castle everything is hollow and dark because there are shadows highlighting the natural light source. The props in the film teach the audience more about Edwards’s personality and re-enforce the theme of non-conformity. For example, in excerpt one we see a newspaper article
This scene takes place about an hour into the film. The director’s intention with this scene was to show the second task Ofelia had to complete and to set up the conflict between Ofelia and the underworld. This film was made in 2006, where special effects were high tech and very realistic. This is reflected in the film and how heavily it relies on fantasy effects such as fairies and the Pale Man. It is highly regarded for its fantastic special affects use, winning an Academy Award for “Best Achievement in Makeup” among others.
The props like: the bath present realism to the audience which viewers seem to like so it’s a very smart thing to do by the creators. The broken, dirty and cracked tiles represent decay and destruction, which seems to be a recurring theme in the shows publicity posters. They use light well in the poster as they don't use much but it is very effective as they use artificial lights to show all his features under the water and also show u how dirty the water looks the lack of light gives u the impression it’s a very dark time in the characters life and also makes us wonder what’s going on his life which makes the audience want to know what has led the young man to this place of darkness. Teenagers are being represented in these posters as wild, rebellious, out-of-control, troubled and overall very
“Edward Scissorhands” the story of a Frankenstein like creation (Edward) that is taken into a town that is stuck a blatant suburbia and lets it experience his innocence and changes. It starts of well for him but ends in a mob chasing him. This is a Tim Burton film so he brings in all of his flair and over stressed elements that make all of his film very recognizable. The non-diegetic sound in the movie is what first brings us in. It is eerie music effects the mood throughout the movie.
It is unusual because when the reader is reading it, they would probably expect everything to remain sweet and romantic but instead it changes and the setting becomes dark and eerie: “The room was warm, the curtains were closed, the two table lamps were lit.” This shows how cosy the living room was and how the writer tries to set the scene as a safe place and not as a place where any type of murder could be committed. The main characters in “Lamb to the Slaughter” are Mary Maloney, the wife and Patrick Maloney, the husband. Mary is quite an old-fashioned housewife in the way she likes to take care of her husband. At the start she is described as being “curiously peaceful” and having a nice mouth and eyes which “seemed larger and
Karen Stapleton’s review of Hugo The film Hugo is a wonderful adaptation of Brian Selznick's novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Filmed in 3D it brings to life the images in the text as much as the written narrative. The film follows the book faithfully with only a few minor changes or omissions. The opening sequence with its innovative cinematography sets the scene for the mystery and enchantment of the story. Set in 1931 in Paris most of the action takes place in the Gare Montparnasse railway station where Hugo, recently orphaned, lives on his own in its walls and keeps the clocks working.
Whether a painted backdrop or a more malleable prop though, all of Dr. Caligari’s aesthetics share the same otherworldly values. Created with an eye for impossible architectural shapes, the world of Dr. Caligari is filled with exaggerated angles and jagged enclosed perspectives, which push a feeling of constant threat and unsettling dissonance upon the audience. Interestingly, much of the scene I will be looking at takes place within the bedroom of Jane. A far more rounded and less exaggerated set than any other in the film, a choice of design which I believe helps to convey the normality and comfort a person finds within territory as familiar
With the film being silent, the music plays a huge role. The music sets the tone for the scene. The dark setting of the castle and the directors choice of black and white makes it much scarier. Count Orlok’s shadow lurking up the steps to Ellen’s room is much more chilling in grayscale. Also, the entire time, music is cueing the audience of the tone.
It received several awards for the cinematography and an Oscar nomination for art/set decoration (1979). This following paper will closely analyse a short, famous scene from the movie Alien and analyse the cinematography, mis en scene and relevance of the events to the storyline. It will also discuss those techniques effectiveness in helping to create a sense of fear in the viewer. Alien, released in 1979 still lies among the most popular science fiction horror movies. The American film institute recently declared it to be number 7 in the top 10 science fiction movies ever made (2008).