Techniques In Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children

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“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” - Tim Burton. This quote is unquestionably shown in Tim Burton’s twenty seven movies in addition to various short films and TV shows. Tim Burton uses a mix of cinematic techniques corresponding in his films to replicate outcasts living in a so called normal world. This is exemplified in both “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” and “Edward Scissorhands”. Tim Burton uses similar techniques in lighting, sound, and camera shots to manifest his sinister, somber theme and mood in “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children” and “Edward Scissorhands”. In “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, we meet a boy named Jacob (Jake) Portman who idolizes his grandfather. His grandfather …show more content…
Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children” uses various techniques of bottom and side lighting, to produce a dark sinister theme over the movie. Bottom and side lighting, used to add suspense, is direct lighting from the bottom or side. Even from the beginning credits, the movie features cloudy skies and dark lighting, staples of Tim Burton’s previous movies. This is similar to the lighting that occurs in “Edward Scissorhands”. Burton uses reams of bottom and side lighting to signify the mood and theme. In addition, he also reinforces the ominous theme from the establishing credits and shots by the lack of color and dark coloring as seen in “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. Another aspect of theme and mood shown through lighting is how he always shows the outcasts as wearing very dark colored clothing and living in darkly colored house whereas the “normal” people are shown in brightly colored house wearing brightly colored …show more content…
In both movies Burton displayed examples of non-diegetic, music or sound that the audience can hear but not the character to signify how the audience feel towards something. When something is about to occur, and the director is trying to build suspense he adds lots of non-diegetic sound and the dialogue fades out for instance when Edward was first revealed in “Edward Scissorhands” and when the bomb was about to go off in “Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children”. Additionally, he uses a lack of music and just diegetic sound to signify importance or a somber moment in his films. In similar fashion, that Tim Burton uses likewise sound and lighting cinematic techniques to display complementary themes. In Edward Scissorhands, Burton uses lots of panning over the neighborhood and the mansions. When people were expressing existential to the plot he would zoom onto their faces at around a medium shot level. In Ms. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Tim Burton likewise stayed at a medium shot level, only showing long shots when there was a change in setting or to signify

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