“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”Ladies and gentlemen, today is my honour and privilege to introduce one of Hollywood’s most creative and sought after film directors, producers, artists, writers and animators. He is known for his dark, gothic and eccentric horror and fantasy films. You’ll know him best for his blockbuster movies, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland, just to name a few. After watching his works, it has totally changed the way that I thought a movie could be made, and he has managed to do that time and time again, but where did it all begin? This talented young man grew up in Burbank California and spent a somewhat reclusive childhood, drawing cartoons, reading books and watching horror movies, until 1979 where he landed himself an apprenticeship at Disney. His films like Beetlejuice and Frankenweenie resulted in him being given a huge studio production.
His lavish, gothic take on Batman in 1989 was a worldwide phenomenon, earning the film 6 award nominations as well as securing him a spot in Hollywood’s A-listers. This film creator has one of the worlds most distinct directing styles. His tone, mood, diction, imagery, organization, syntax and point of view within his films, sets him apart from other directors. He ingeniously incorporates effective cinematic techniques to convey a moving underlying message to his audience. His lighting and editing techniques are most effective in doing so. You may have noticed these techniques in a film called Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
In the beginning of the film, darker and paler shades of colours are emphasized in the scene, especially inside Charlies home. However, once inside the chocolate factory, conspicuous colours are introduced. Even though the factory seemed like an exuberant centre, there was still a profound void inside the heart of Wonka, the obnoxious children and their non-proficient parents, not including Charlie and his grandfather. They were lacking the warmth of family unity and self content. One can recognise that his style is highly influenced by his lighting effects which in turn affects the tone, mood and imagery of the film, making it one of many, unique piece of art.So with that being said I’d like to introduce none other than Mr Tim Burton himself.