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It makes you realize how abstract the film industry and life in general really is how much of it is just based on things that Tim Burton is just a man like any other man except any other man is not Tim Burton Tim Burton is a filmmaker As a filmmaker Burton has creative power over what he produces directs or even writes His auteur a term in film criticism that is applied to a director who so dominates the film-making process that it is appropriate to call the director the auteur or author of the movie is clearly evident in his movies There are two things you can find in any Tim Burton film a Gothic style of set decoration lighting and or music and a plot focusing on a misunderstood outcast These two themes occurring in Tim Burtons films allow him to be credited with the auteur title This paper will explore Tim Burtons use of cinematic techniques of lighting set design and music to explore his Gothic style It will include a focus on characters recurring in his films to shed light on the outcast character developmentOne of the most characteristic elements of Tim Burton films is their visual style Images of Gothic architecture and lighting ooze from his films Goth is a subculture style and way of thinking But Goth has a far deeper root The style of Goth is highly indebted to the German Expressionism of the twenties Sharp contrasts of light and dark extended shadows and distorted images not only come from German Expressionist films but from the thirties Universal horror films Burtons first film Vincent is the best example of this style Shot in black and white it paints the picture of a child loosing his grip in the real world and finding himself drawn into his horror world Many of the shots from Vincent are surprisingly similar to those found in The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
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