We are continuing to look at the style of Tim Burton. Our goal is to answer the question, How does an artist define his/her style?
Our additional goal is to write an essay based on the following prompt: Think about the Tim Burton Films that you have viewed and analyzed. Choose three or four stylistic devices (cinematic techniques) that are common to these films. Write an essay analyzing the cinematic style of director Tim Burton. Your essay should focus on the ways in which the director uses stylistic techniques across films to achieve a desired effect.
Today we broke into two different groups, a home group and an expert group. We watched scenes 3-5 of Edward Scissorhands for Narrative Details, such as character, setting, and plot. Students assigned group members specific cinematic technique categories (Shots/Framing/Angles or Movements/Edits or Lighting or Sound/Music) to become experts in. We began re-watching scenes 3-5 for these specific techniques.
As with any fun lesson, we have too much fun with the discussions and didn't finish everything. This means that our homework that was originally assigned for 3B is prospered for next class, and we will most likely finish it in class on Wednesday.
I challenge my experts to notice their categories as they are watching TV or movies. Even commercials. Ask yourself, why would the director use these shots? What is the effect the direct want's his/her audience to have? Have some fun with this, talk about it with your family as you are watching tv together. Next time you binge on a Netflix or Hulu, notice the cinematic techniques and the effect of these techniques on you.