Burton’s Design

April 20, 2010 at 2:45 am (Tim Burton Themes) (, , , )

“I am not a dark person and I don’t consider myself dark.”

Tim Burton

From previous study I had come to the conclusion that Burton isolates his main characters using the camera to create a more distant feeling.  Burton shows the main character often by themselves using a one shot and does not include other characters into that space.  I used three films from different parts of his career to collect this data, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hallow and more recent film , Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  With each film I used three different scenes to analyze.

I created pie charts to show percent of individual shots of the main character, individual shots of the secondary character and two shots that include both the main and secondary character.  Each film proved that the main character is shown by themselves more than 50% of the time.

The Nightmare Before Christmas:

Jack Skellington 58%

Sally 24%

Two 18%

Sleepy Hallow:

Ichabod 57%

Katrina 21%

Two 22%

Sweeney Todd:

Sweeney 51 %

Mrs. Lovett 34 %

Two 15 %

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