Tim Burton's Style

Tim Burton's Style

True Original, Tim Burton

Surrounded by darkness, death and exaggeration are the signature themes of director Tim Burton, a true original. Tim Burton’s style leans towards formalism. He is famous for dark, quirky-themed movies. He presents the dark side of people directly through his movies’ characters which is usually covered up by their appearances and practices sarcasm through lighting, colors and appearances. Burton’s unique and noticeable style of formalism makes his films and characters stand out and impress spectators. Tim Burton’s unique way of interpreting the dark side of people showed in his drawing and movies which became his trademark of art works and distinguished him from other horror or thriller film directors. Burton’s style of movie has quickly developed and stayed in the spectators mind for its originality. His personal life and experiences when he was young strongly influence the way he looks at the world and can be seen through his works. He was a very introspective person, and found his pleasure in painting, drawing and watching films. His works would be heavily influenced by the works by Edgar Allan Poe he read, and the horror and science fiction films he watched, such as Godzilla, the films made by Hammer Film Productions, the works of Ray Harryhausen and Vincent Price.

“A lot of things you see as a child remain with you…you spend a lot of your life trying to
recapture the experience.” – Tim Burton

Apart from the over exaggeration, another recognizable style of Burton’s film is that he likes to work with the same actor and actress over and over again. He has collaborated with Johnny Depp in seven films including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the chocolate factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Alice in Wonderland as well as Helena Bonhem Cartersuch in Planet of the Apes, Big Fish,...

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