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  From the frightening stories of edward scissorhands and the Corpse bride to the jolly tale of Charlie and the chocolate factory, director Tim burton has used his uniquely grim style to captivate audiences of all ages for decades. His distinctive use of cinematic techniques allows him to twist emotions and create various feelings about, not only the characters, but also of the environments that envelop his creations. In many of his films,  Tim Burton utilizes low key lighting and diverse music styles in order to create suspense and guide the overall mood of the audience; this is crucial to his unique movie style because without the use of these techniques he could not create the gloomy vibe that he desires throughout his films.  Director Tim Burton alters lighting effects throughout the scenes of his films to create feelings of horror and suspense in the audience. One way that Burton utilizes this technique is when he uses low key lighting in Edward Scissorhands. When Edward is forced to walk toward the police low key lighting created eerie shadows throughout the scene. These shadows are used to make Edward seem dangerous and threatening, when in reality he is just scared. In this specific scene Burton usus low key lighting, not only to create suspense in the audience, but also to allow them to see both Edward’s and the police’s view on the event. The use of low key lighting is not only seen in Edward Scissorhands to create feelings of suspense, but it is also seen in multiple scenes of The Corpse Bride. When Victor takes a stroll through the forest attempting to memorize his vows, the low key lighting again created creepy shadows throughout the scene. These shadows are used to make many creepy shadows throughout the forest, making the forest seem much more frightening than it actually is. Later, when the character Barkis Bittern is first introduced, low key lighting is used to create sinister shadows which envelop the character and create an evil and wicked aura surrounding him. When creating these shadows, Tim Burton makes the audience feel fear for victor, and although suspense is created, the use of this technique foreshadows that both the forest and the character will create conflict in Victor’s lifeAlthough low key lighting is used in both of these films to create the illusion of fright, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Burton uses this technique in order to signify importance. When Charlie is given his yearly candy bar for his birthday, his only wish is to obtain a golden ticket in order to visit the chocolate factory. The use of low key lighting in his room versus the high key lighting in the factory makes it clear to audience that the factory is like a dream or fantasy, for not only charlie, but for everyone who enters it.     Tim Burton does not only use low key lighting to manipulate the feelings of the audience, but he also uses various music styles in order to mold his films. For example, in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Burton utilizes various music styles to  emphasize the different emotions that the children are experiencing when they enter the edible room. By using the music to demonstrate the individual feelings flowing through the minds of the children, Burton allows the audience to gain a deeper understanding of what this experience really means to them. This also allows the audience to experience the edible room through the different perspectives of the kids, creating a greater connection between the characters and the audience. Although in Charlie and the Chocolate factory music is used to portray the different views of the kids, in the Corpse Bride the styles of music vary between the different worlds. When Victor accidentally places the ring on the bride’s finger the music style quickly becomes frantic to emphasize Victor’s fright, but as soon as he is pulled into the underworld the vibe becomes very happy and lighthearted. Soon after, Victor asks the bride who she is, and his response is a upbeat song by the skeletons. By changing the music styles, Burton allows the audience to gain a better understanding of the two worlds, and to see how Victor’s mood changes throughout the two scenes. The use of music shifts is not only seen in these two films to signify mood change, but it can also be seen in Edward Scissorhands. Near the end of the movie, Edward is forced to fight Jim in order to defend Kim. During the fight the music is very agitated to signify the panic in the room, but as soon as Edward is forced to kill Jim the music instantly becomes much calmer. The instant shift in music expresses to the audience that Jim was, not only the burden in Edwards life, but also in Kim’s.    Throughout all of his films, Tim Burton incorporates many cinematic techniques in order to define his style. However, when he wants to signify importance or sudden change in a scene, he often uses low key lighting and nondiegetic sound to achieve his desired effect. By using these, and many more, cinematic techniques, Tim Burton enthralls people of all ages, and will continue to do so for generations to come.