Analysis Of Visual Design In The Film Edward Scissorhands

Tim Burton (1990), directed Edward Scissorhands. This film is about a modern day fairy tale. An inventor created Edward but was unable finish his project. Edward was left with scissors instead of hands. Edward is presented as a gentle soul with a desire to love Kim, the main character, or anyone. Edward discovers where he belongs by the end, in the master’s home. Tim Burton is creative and uses light, color and camerawork that is not air-conditioned to depict Edward as someone outside the town, but as a neighbor. The film’s beginning shows the stark contrast in the colors of Edwards mansion and the suburban neighborhood. The bright colors in the suburbs are striking. The houses are richly adorned with bright colors, such as pink, green, or yellow. Edwards mansion was described as being in bland grey/black shades. This portrays Edward’s mysterious, isolated existence. Edward was dressed in black leather with buckles and studs to make him appear evil or unclean. It was actually the exact opposite. Edwards was calm and gentle, but the townpeople below Edward were bright and full of self-centered judgments and wore extra colors. Peg (also the main character) enters Edwards castle’s shadows wearing a light-colored suit. This could be an indication that Edwards may see her as a person who will add color to his life. As Edward and Kim are now wearing the same colors, it is clear that they have a bond. Kim is the only one who believes Edward is fundamentally good. The movie felt theatrical because of the way the bright pastel colors blended with the black and grey. Why? Why? Because the town towers over the rest of the film. The mansion that dominates the entire town is dark and evil. Color seemed to be the central theme throughout the movie. Why? Because Edward is gentle and sweet. They were different from the townspeople I first saw. However, they are so kind and understanding. His films use camera angles to show the differences between them. Edward Scissorhands, for example, used this technique to make Edward weak and scared. This technique displays the characters’ personalities. Tim Burton employs claustrophobic angles and close-up shots in order to convey the central themes of self-discovery, isolation, and self-discovery. You can find out more about camera angles. The Avon Lady first sees Edward at the beginning. This type of angle burton is used to create shots. The movie uses a combination of a large space/area and a dark location. That means Edward was having dinner with his extended family. It shows Edward’s point-of-view of the meal and how he views everyone. Thirdly, close-ups are taken of the character. The character head, or some other important object, often fills the screen. When Edward inventor is giving Edward his human hand, this is the opening scene. Next, a close-up photo shows Edward inventor’s emotion towards the human hands. Burton also used medium shots to only show half his body. This was done to display his body language and emotion. Tim Burton used camera angles that fooled the audience into believing Edward was an outsider. He is actually a normal person just like everyone else. Edward was made to look like an outsider by everyone gossiping.

Lighting Tim Burton used high-key lighting. As an example, the movie in which Edward’s lady visit visits Avon is shown. Tim Burton uses high-key lighting when the Avon lady approaches his mansion. Bright colors are evident in the garden and hallway. The audience is made to feel welcome by the use of high-key lighting. When the avon girl enters the house, you can see that the lighting has changed from high key to low level lighting. Burton’s lighting style allowed the audience a transition from the castle’s happy world to the inside, where they could see the evil and lonely world. The main theme was achieved by the lighting technique used by Burton. Because the town is full with happy and bright colors, the audience sees Edward as an outsider. I think lighting adds drama and romance to the scene.

Edward Scissorhands, a theatrical film that is both innovative and unique, is a great example of creativity. Tim Burton used many elements to express the loneliness of Edward, such as bright colors, black and grey, silver. Tim Burton combined cinematography with mise-en scène to make everything visible. Bright color, lighting and camera angles are all used to show how Edward was perceived by the people of the town.


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