Tim Burton, Style Analysis

681 Words May 28th, 2012 3 Pages
Tim Burton Style Analysis Film Essay

By John Visgaitis
Period 6-7

The well-respected and established director Tim Burton has always been credited for the uniqueness of his many films. In one of his most popular movies, Edward Scissorhands, he reveals his true potential as a filmmaker and a modern allegorical poet. Within Edward Scissorhands and many more of his works, Burton uses a wide variety of stylistic techniques, including setting, point of view, and motifs. In Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton uses the simple technique of setting in a way that some would call genius. The setting of the dark manor of the inventor and now Edward can be ironically connected to character and uniqueness. In comparison, the urbanized and
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Tim Burton has a unique spin on the traditional point of view concept that some may say makes him one of a kind. The motifs that Tim Burton uses are the icing on the cake of his success. This use of motifs of all types is regarded as masterful in the film industry. Though there are many recorded motifs that Burton uses, one of the most important in Edward Scissorhands would be conformity vs individuality. This motif comes into play with Edward’s first appearance. When Peggy first encounters him, there is a sort of irony because she sees that he is a loner, therefore she thinks he is unhappy. But, as the story unfolds we see that it is Peggy and the other conformists that are actually unhappy. The same motif of conformity vs. individuality was used in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka is a similar character to Edward not just because he was portrayed by the same actor, but also because he chooses to set himself apart from the mainstream to follow what he considers his legacy. Like Edward, Willy Wonka does not conform to contemporary ideology. These characters are just examples of how Tim Burton uses the same motifs in his movies. The way Tim Burton uses the techniques of setting, point of view, and motifs throughout his movies, gives his works a certain similar feeling or mysterious mood. As a film maker, Tim Burton seems to break some rules, such as the rule of using only one point of view without clear transitioning. The radical
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