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How Does The Director Tim Burton Convey The Alienation Of Edward Scissorhands At The Beginning Of The Film.

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How does Tim Burton the director convey the alienation of Edward Scissorhands in the beginning of the film? Tim Burton uses many different techniques such as character, setting, colour, contrast and camera angles to convey the alienation of Edward in the beginning of the film. Tim Burton grew up in California in the 1960s where he watched cheap, low quality horror movies, as he had been interested in this genre for a while. Despite this interest in younger horror he worked on 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Fox and the Hound' before moving on to create some of his well known titles such as 'The Corpse Bride', 'Nightmare before Christmas' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. In this film 'Edward Scissorhands' Tim Burton uses sinister themes to continue the idea of younger horror. Throughout the film there are many autobiographical elements, which may represent parts of his childhood. The film Edward Scissorhands tells the story of Edward; the man created by an inventor, who died before finishing him and left Edward with scissors instead of hands. Edward is a very alienated character and Tim Burton uses Edwards' unusual looks, clothing and his first impressions to make him seem more alien and unusual than he already is. In the beginning of the film Tim Burton uses the appearance of characters to begin to illustrate the alienation of Edward. ...read more.

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The first few colours seen in the film are all very dark, blue or grey. This is during the titles which gives the impression that the whole film may be dark and uninviting like the opening of the film. The colour red is a very sinister colour but it can be used to represent many different things such as love, anger or passion. The older lady at the beginning of the film is dressed in a red shawl which symbolises warmth; however the woman in the first house is also wearing red, possibly symbolising the anger she conveys towards Peg. Orange is the colour of the walls in the young girl's bedroom. This helps to show the warmth and the inviting feel to the bedroom against the cold and dark winter outside. In the bedroom there is also a large orange fire which also helps to show the warmth and love inside the bedroom. When Peg is in the upper room of the mansion she sees the newspaper clips. These are all different colours and many are orange. This helps to show the colour and exuberance of the neighbourhood. These ideas are also shown through Peg's bright yellow car and the houses in the neighbourhood. Green is not used very much in the film, only to show the freshness of some houses and of the bushes and gardens. ...read more.

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When in the neighbourhood most shots of the characters are medium shots so that you can see their clothing and posture which changes to show their feelings towards other characters, other shots are panning to show the perfect neighbourhood, but when the mansion comes into view the camera zooms out even more to exaggerate the contrast between the two. When the camera is on top of the mountain or inside the mansion there is a few times when the camera looks down out of a window or the hole in the roof and where the mansion is on top of a mountain the camera is looking down which creates the impression that the mansion is very overpowering. When Peg is driving Edward home in her car the camera is constantly panning, either showing Edward and Peg in the car, the reaction of the neighbours when they see Edward in the car with Peg or the car driving away from the mansion towards the neighbourhood where Edward is an outcast. Tim Burton uses all of these different techniques to convey the alienation of Edward Scissorhands. Although they could have all been used on their own the way in which they arte used together helps to finish of the idea of complete alienation in the beginning of the film. ...read more.

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